The East Warren Community Studio operates inside the East Warren Tool Library and is powered by the Motor City Grounds Crew and SEED Education.

We provide a 140 square foot rental studio equipped with high quality audio, video, and still photography equipment, along with training and consultation for media production.

Basic Audio and Podcast Set
Basic Video Set
Still Photography Set


The East Warren Community Studio team is excited to foster creativity and prosperity by providing a broadcast studio with audio/visual production resources and content creation training. We prioritize programming that supports the economic growth and social needs of our community by offering production services on a sliding fee scale.

Our goal is to provide affordable access to media production for small businesses, community activists, nonprofits, artists, musicians and educators. The Studio has already offered an educational experience for trainees who have contributed their labor to its construction. We will continue to enable those interested in learning media content production and empower experienced content creators.

Our Vision

  • Build Community
  • Support local businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs
  • Foster creativity

Our Content Standards

  • Respectful, nonviolent communication
  • Conforms to local laws and regulations


  • Standard studio rental rate is $150 per hour.
  • The standard rate is subject to a sliding fee scale based on the scope of the project.

Basic Studio Package Includes

  • Three switchable web video cameras
  • Three powered microphones
  • Three headphones
  • Basic photographic lighting
  • Stills camera

Content produced in the Studio will be transferred to the client’s storage device.

Our consultants offer technical support in the production and distribution of your content by quote. 

Content can be streamed or downloaded via many web services. 

Our Team

Andrew comes to Detroit from Portland, OR where he lived for 25 years.  He taught science and math in middle and high schools for 30 years before moving to Detroit seven years ago.  As an educator he advocated for more project based learning and conceptual approaches in teaching math.  While in the Northwest, Andrew was an avid hiker, mountain climber, and motorcycle enthusiast.  Now he’s the tool librarian at the East Warren Tool Library and Executive Producer of the East Warren Community Studio.

Art teacher and curator, Ulysses is a Detroiter from Detroit Proper. 

Blog The imagINed nation

Website technical assistant – Source Booksellers

Art Instructor / Curator / Gallery Assistant

Feedom Freedom Growers

Technical assistant – E. Warren Community Studio

Creative in Residence – E. Warren Tool Library

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Joshua Arntson is a native of Michigan and has lived in Detroit since 2017. Joshua has been working with Motor City Grounds Crew for over 4 years where he’s able to continue his life’s purpose of serving the community. His work with MCGC has included leading programs and operations to support the maintenance and development of neighborhoods and green spaces, provide youth sports programming with partners in the community, and co-founding and managing Detroit’s first community tool library.  Joshua manages the E. Warren Tool Library and is Executive Producer of the Studio.

Mark Rutherford is a Detroit native who moved to California to pursue a career in photography. He worked in Hollywood for the entertainment industry and later in the Bay Area for advertising agencies, catalogs and major retailers. As an early adopter in the transition from film to digital, he has been recognized as a pioneer in the commercial application of digital photography. Mark spent years as a mentor to other professional photographers as co-founder of the San Francisco Digital Imaging Group. Now returned to Detroit, Mark is a team member with the photographic mentorship program, Capturing Belief, and the Studio. As the Studio Production Supervisor he welcomes the opportunity to share his experience with community members seeking to expand their voice and promote their vision.

w/ Purpose Detroit

We talk with individuals that are inspired to uplift their community to get positive things done. 

We want to focus on the individuals, organizations, and businesses that are motivated to bring progress to Detroit’s Neighborhoods.

Podcast oo4 w/PurposeDetroit: Kayana Sessoms
Podcast oo4 w/PurposeDetroit: Kayana Sessoms

Kayana is developing a community health and wellness program that provides families with the tools needed to create viable, healthy, sustainable lives in their communities.

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Join the conversation with Dr. Kya Robertson and Breanna Sullivan from Motor City Makeover & Grow Detroit’s Young Talent

GDYT provides meaningful summer employment opportunities for Detroit youth, ages 14 to 24.

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w/Purpose hosted by Joshua Arntson
w/Purpose hosted by Joshua Arntson
Podcast oo2 w/PurposeDetroit: Daniel A. Washington

w/Purpose Detroit episode 2 with Daniel Washington of Northwest Goldberg Caresepisode 2 w/PurposeDetroit

Throughout his life, Daniel and his family have actively sought to maintain the viability of the neighborhood by maintaining properties, petitioning the city of Detroit to demolish condemned structures, and cleaning up vacant lots.

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Listen in as Joshua talks with Joe Rashid about the E Warren Development Corp and also the creation of the East Warren Tool Library.
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