PLAYGROUND DETROIT is an art gallery and creative talent agency.

Our mission is to create opportunities for artists and creative professionals to support and develop Detroit’s creative economy.

Services include artwork sales, private and corporate commissions, artist management and development, arts advocacy and special projects curation. PLAYGROUND DETROIT and our partners bolster the local creative economy and connect artists, collectors, businesses and community through arts and culture. We consider artists as professionals and gauge our success by the successes of those we work with.


Accessibility: We provide a space that is welcoming to all community members and accessible across race, gender, class, sexuality and ability.

Community: We cultivate connectivity in the community by providing engaging programming and offering a public gathering space.

Integrity: We lead with transparency and honesty and follow ethical standards in our business practices and communications.

Relationships: We pride ourselves on forging and maintaining deep relationships with individuals and organizations in the community.

“My relationship with PLAYGROUND DETROIT is more like a friendship, rather then being just a client. Paulina and Samantha truly care about the artist and community we live in, and it provides great comfort to know that they do things with integrity and grace. “

-Marlo Broughton, Artist, Detroit, MI


“PLAYGROUND DETROIT provides a highly immersive and inspirational opportunity for artists. It’s a place full of resources and facilities to support emerging artists.”

-So Hee Kim, Visiting Artist-in-Residence 2016

“PLAYGROUND DETROIT has proven to be an invaluable resource for local artists and the community at large. The opening of their new gallery highlights a commitment and sense of leadership many under-represented artists in Detroit have been waiting for.. “

-William Irving Singer, Artist, Detroit, MI


” As an artist all I had to do was make my work, and they did the rest. I couldn’t be more grateful! The Folks at PLAYGROUND really went above and beyond to showcase me by providing handouts, price lists, advertising, and handling install…. One of the gallery owners helped create a drone video of our public billboards in collaboration with SaveArtSpace which turned out amazing.”

-Jonah Welch, Participating Artist, SaveArtSpace exhibition


Paulina Petkoski

Co-founder / Co-owner

Petkoski is a Detroit-based social entrepreneur and consultant, in addition to an adjunct professor at the College for Creative Studies.  First generation Detroit-born and raised resident currently living in Milwaukee Junction. After spending several years living in New York City, she returned to Detroit in 2014 to pursue her work at PLAYGROUND DETROIT. In 2017, she was recognized with a Vanguard Award for Intentional Leadership by Detroit Young Professionals. She has her BFA in International Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Polimoda International Institute of Design in Florence, Italy.

Samantha Bankle Schefman

Co-founder / Co-owner

Born in New York City and raised in Metro Detroit, Schefman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from the College for Creative Studies. In 2009, she began designing jewelry and watches for internationally recognized brands Betsey Johnson, Gwen Stefani, and Henri Bendel in New York City’s fashion industry. Her passion and knowledge of the art world led to her role as the Gallery Manager of Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan throughout 2014. In 2015, Schefman returned to Detroit to continue her work with PLAYGROUND DETROIT.