Peterson has programmed music and art in Detroit for over 20 years, including events at his previous venue, Bohemian National Home (2005-2008). There, his annual Festival of Jazz and Improvised there presented such legends as Sam Rivers, The Sun Ra Arkestra and Fred Anderson alongside important artists like William Parker, Cooper Moore,Sylvie Courvoisier, Lotte Anker with Gerald Cleaver and Craig Taborn, Sabir Mateen and Daniel Carter, Joe Morris etc. Regular programming featured then-largely unkown artists Mary Halvorson, Tatsuya Nakatani; veterans of the avant-garde like Charles Gayle, Peter Brotzmann and Joe McPhee; iconic rock shows like Mission of Burma, Damo Suzuki, Simply Saucer and The Evens; music from many traditions by Ghaida Hinnawi, Amir ElSaffar, Jack Rose, Abuakwa African Music and Dance Ensemble, Extra Golden and Rising Star Drum and Fife Band; and wild stuff from Instant Composers Pool, Daniel Higgs, Quintron and Miss Pussycat and many others. Peterson also programmed several season of the Global Fridays series at the Arab American National Museum, where he presented Huun Huur Tu,  (Dearborn, Michigan).

In 2012, he co-founded the independent performance space, art gallery and café, Trinosophes, located in Detroit's historic Eastern Market district. At the venue, he presents concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and literary readings, as well as hosts community events and organizational meetings for social justice groups and other.  He is also co-founder of the record label, Two Rooms Records, which specializes in contemporary and historic recordings from a genre-free but largely Detroit-centric perspective.