The Detroit, Michigan Chapter of the Pierians, Incorporated was established in 2013 and continues to grow. We currently have 24 members who are active in the arts. We meet at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and host annual signature programs. Continue to follow our calendar and contact us to learn more.

Left to Right: Paulette Boggs, Sylvia Hollifield, Paula Whittaker-Watkins, Teri Page, Angela Jordan, Mary Nicholson, M. Faye Mance

Detroit Chapter Supports Noel Night

Each year, the Detroit Chapter of The Pierians, Incorporated presents a dynamic display of the arts in the metropolitan area during the cultural district’s annual Noel Night festivities. The evening of events is spearheaded by Pierian Carlotta Tutt-Holloway, Chapter Vice President.

Our artists include the jazz duo of Jon Dixon, piano, and Desean Jones, saxophone. They provide us with songs of the season as well as popular jazz runes to usher in the holiday spirit. We also have the angelic and beautiful sounds of the Achievers Ladies Ensemble of the Detroit School of the Arts. They are superbly conducted by Ms. Connie Malabed, Director and accompanied by Mr. Joseph Rush. A surprise highlight has been the performance of a selection composed by Pierian Sylvia T. Hollifield. The stylistic and incomparable sounds of DJ Lynda Carter brings the audience to their feet as she leads them in an astounding combination of rhythmic body movement and dance to user in the holiday season. The evening ends with a focus on women in design. The artistic display, through the art of sewing and design, is creatively presented by Lynette Halalay. She inspires us with her expertise and artistry as she provides ideas for outfits and tips for the holiday season.

The Detroit Pierians have hosted their Noel Night program at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History since 2013, and we look forward to the upcoming 2017 Noel Night showcase.

2018 Scholarship

We are excited to offer a college scholarship to a student who is pursuing a major in the area of the fine and performing arts. In 2018, we will awarded a $2,000 non-renewable scholarship to a graduating high school senior in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholarship, community service, leadership and the pursuit of the arts as a vocation in the areas of music (vocal or instrumental), dance, theater, and art. The recipients of our previous scholarships are continuing their studies at Wayne State University (2014), Michigan State University (2015), Claflin University (2016), and Clark Atlanta University (2017). We look forward to another outstanding student who is dedicated to their study of the arts.

2018/19 Chapter Officers



Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Financial Secretary





Immediate Past President

Sylvia Hollifield, Ph.D.

Carlotta Tutt Holloway, Ph.D.

Celeste Browning

Cecelia Sharpe

Mary L. Little

Alisa M. Shannon

Nina R. Scott

Charlotte Jackson

Barbara K. Smith, Ph.D.

LaNesha DeBardelaben