Doing Good – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Tue, 23 Oct 2018 21:45:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Local Organizations To Receive $20 Million In Grants Wed, 17 Oct 2018 22:22:04 +0000 The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced $20 million in grants this week that will be awarded to a variety of local organizations.

Some of the highlights include:

$225,000 to expand the partnership of the University Musical Society and Michigan Opera Theater to offer dance performances to Detroit.

$70,000 to Gleaners Community Food Bank for a Diabetes Prevention Program in Detroit, Pontiac and Inkster.

$75,000 to fund a partnership between Detroit Public Schools and Transforming Research into Practice to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) through the Regents of the University of Michigan.

$70,000 grant to Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice to provide employee rights workshops in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Monroe counties.

$60,000 to Grandmont/Rosedale Development Corporation in the city of Detroit for creative place-making projects in their neighborhood.

And nearly half a million dollars will go to children and youth initiatives.

This story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit Podcast.

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PODCAST: Detroit Riverfront Gets Huge Grant For Park, Michigan Leads Nation In Identity Theft Complaints & More Wed, 17 Oct 2018 22:06:00 +0000

Your stories for October 17, 2018:

– Detroit’s riverfront just took another major step forward. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is making a $50 million grant to redevelop West Riverfront Park.

– Keeping with the theme, here’s a second story about foundations making an impact. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced $20 million in grants to a variety of local organizations.

– During a search for drugs in a house in 2015, Detroit Police officers killed three pet dogs. What has ensued since then has been a legal battle that has been raising questions around pets and property and police power.

– Corktown is getting a new MoGo bike sharing station thanks to help from the Ford Motor Company.

– Michigan ranks highly for something I’m pretty sure we’d rather not. Our state is in the top ten for states most vulnerable to identity theft & fraud. Nuri Gocay joins us from the IT in the D podcast to share what you can do to protect yourself. Supporting link:

– Could one of Greektown’s mainstay Greek restaurants be closing? Maybe so. More:

Thanks to our sponsor for today, Milo Digital.

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$50 Million Gift From The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Will Transform West Riverfront Park Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:13:48 +0000 Detroit’s riverfront just took another major step forward.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation — in honor of what would be Ralph C. Wilson’s 100th birthday — is making a $50 million grant to redevelop West Riverfront Park.

Who gets what: $40 Million will go to the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (a group that’s been on a roll as of late) and $10 million will go to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to seed an endowment to support the park.

A big step forward: We’re in the final phases of designing the park, according to press materials. The total park cost will be $55-60 million, so this doesn’t pay the whole freight but the Detroit RiverFront conservancy is adept at fundraising and has exceed their goals in the past. West Riverfront Park is now estimated to be completed in 2022.

West Riverfront Park will be renamed “Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park.”

A twin project in Buffalo: The overall gift is $200 million. $100 million to the Detroit area, and $100 million to Buffalo. Buffalo is getting a riverfront park, too. Additionally, there’s $50 million set aside to build and maintain a network of recreational trails in each city.

Just who was Ralph C. Wilson? He was the owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and a Metro Detroiter, living in St. Clair Shores. He died in 2014, and the $1.2 billion endowment in the Ralph C. Wilson foundation was made mostly from selling the Buffalo Bills after his death for $1.4 billion. He had a minority stake in the Detroit Lions at one point, too.

What will it look like? Here are some preliminary renderings.

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Belle Isle Aquarium Gets $1.7 Million Grant Wed, 10 Oct 2018 22:12:47 +0000

Here’s some more good news for Belle Isle.

The Belle Isle Conservancy says it received a $1.7 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation to upgrade and restore the historic Belle Isle Aquarium. The foundation named for the former owner of the Detroit Pistons awarded the grant last year, so infrastructure repairs are already under way.

The news adds to a recent string of announcements about improvements to Detroit’s signature island park.

Famed landscape designer Piet Oudolf was in Detroit last week to outline his plans for a new garden near the park’s Nancy Brown Peace Carillon Tower, with fundraising well under way for that project. Oudolf is the designer behind New York’s High Line and Chicago’s Lurie Garden.

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix announced last month that it is giving $400,000 raised in a charity event to help fix and maintain the 93-year-old Scott Fountain.

The Belle Isle Conservancy is also holding its annual Polish the Jewel fundraiser luncheon tomorrow — that’s Thursday, October 11th — at the Detroit Yacht Club.

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PODCAST: How To Support Neighborhood Detroit Businesses, Water To Come Back On In Detroit Schools & Your News Tue, 09 Oct 2018 23:56:29 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit podcast recorded on October 9, 2018.

Our guest for the show is Detroit City Councilman James Tate, to talk about the upcoming “Cash Flash” in Detroit’s District 1.

Your Detroit stories:

– Detroit’s getting yet another luxury apartment building, with rents in the $2,500 a month range for 1,000 square feet. And it’s going to be designed by a company, ODA, known for what they call their “Tetris-inspired boxy designs that build a sense of community in urban cores.”

– Ilitch Holdings, the company behind Little Caesars Arena, has made the decision to replace their boldly colored red stadium seats with black seats. Turns out the arena looks rather empty with all of the empty seats… and the red seats make it worse on TV.

– Former Detroit City Councilwoman Sharon McPhail has been fired from her post leading a struggling charter school on the city’s west side, but she’s refusing to leave.

– It looks like the permanent fix for the bad water situation in Detroit’s public schools will be provided by the business and philanthropic community, covering most of the $3 million dollar cost to install water hydration stations.

– Voters in Royal Oak will be asked whether the city should establish its own bus system called Royal Oak Go, or ROGO for short.

– If you’re looking to get out and see the world on a Wednesday after work, the Trumbull & Porter Hotel in Corktown has 4,000 square feet of custom murals and artwork made by more than 50 local artists they’d like to show you.

– And in a final note, Detroit is now home to the world’s largest linear friction welder after it was delivered on Tuesday to Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a public-private advanced-manufacturing partnership down on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Corktown.

Thanks to today’s sponsor, Milo Digital

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LISTEN: Previewing TedXDetroit With Terry Bean & Shawn Lee Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:54:32 +0000

TedXDetroit is returning for a 10th year on Wednesday, September 26. But what can you expect at this day-long conference about ideas worth spreading?

Sven Gustafson sat down with Terry Bean and Shawn Lee at the Founders Midtown Taproom to get the details. That discussion is in the player above.

If you’re interested in attending, the link is here.

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53 Finalists Named In Knight Arts Challenge, Final Prize Is Share Of $3 Million Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:26:32 +0000 53 finalists were named on Thursday for the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge. They are all in the running for a share of $3 million.

The the grant contest is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It’s a matching grant, so the artist will have to find a way to raise the money to match the amount provided by the foundation.

The idea of the program is that it funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts. The foundation funds the arts, it says, because of “their ability to inspire and build community, and connect people to each other and to Detroit.”

The finalists propose a range of projects that tell unique Detroit stories, bring the city’s history and culture to the stage and use the power of the arts to bring people together.

“When I look at the Knight Arts Challenge finalists, I see our city, its many neighborhoods and cultures – all building on Detroit’s legacy as a leader in the arts,” said Katy Locker, Detroit program director for Knight Foundation. “Each idea demonstrates the many powerful ways Detroiters continue to use the arts as a vehicle to move our city forward.”

The full list of the 2018 finalists is below. Before we get to the list, I’m going to pull out a specific one as a disclosure and a kudos.

Karen Dybis is a regular contributor to our Daily Detroit podcast. Her project is called “Project SAVE: The Delray Preservation Plan.” Its goal is to create a record of the people, businesses and landmarks of the disappearing Delray neighborhood through a community-driven exhibition and online archive.

If you’re interested in applying, the Knight Arts Challenge is open to anyone. There are three rules:

  • The idea must be about the arts
  • The project must take place in or benefit Detroit
  • The grant recipient must find funds to match Knight’s commitment within one year.

The applications are just 150 words.

Here’s the list of finalists. Winners will be announced in the fall.


Large Pepperoni with Extra Poetry

To celebrate young creative voices by distributing their poems on pizza boxes during National Poetry Month

Arab American National Museum

Arab American Arts and Cultural Festival

To celebrate Arab American culture with a summer festival in East Dearborn featuring artists, makers, musicians and traditional food

Bigmouth Press & Comix/Leila Abdelrazaq

Bigmouth’s Voices Anthology

To amplify the voices of Middle Eastern artists from metro Detroit through workshops where they will create and publish their own comics, and an online and printed anthology

CAN Art Handworks/Carlos Nielbock

Detroit Gallery of Metals

To establish a gallery to explore the role of metals in Detroit – from iron elements of the Industrial Revolution to ornamental metalworks from the city’s historic architecture – to encourage interest in the metal arts that built the city

City of Detroit Parks and Recreation

Detroit: NOW + FOREVER

To enliven Detroit’s neighborhood parks with plays that tell stories of the city’s history, culture and industry

Collective Sweat Detroit

Collective Sweat Detroit

To advance the rigor and relevance of dance in Detroit through a choreographic residency program and by expanding weekly classes for professional artists

ComiqueCon L3C

ComiqueCon: A Celebration of Women in Comics

To celebrate the work of female and non-gender binary comic book creators at the ComiqueCon convention

Core City Beautification Fund/Prince Concepts

Public Art Commission

To create two public art installations in a new Core City neighborhood park by commissioning sculptural and light-based installations by local artists

Cranbrook Art Museum

Material Detroit

To bring together three Detroit curators and institutions – Taylor Renee Aldridge (ARTS.BLACK), Laura Mott (Cranbrook Art Museum), and Ryan Myers-Johnson (Sidewalk Festival) – in an epic public art, conversation and performance series focused on themes of material ingenuity, resourcefulness and resistance

DANCE ELIXIR/Leyya Mona Tawil

Lime Rickey International’s Noise and Nation

To promote the voices of Arab Detroiters working in experimental arts through a collaborative program where artists come together to create performance pieces

Detroit Area Art Deco Society

Documenting Detroit: Designers, Architects and Artists that Helped Create Detroit

To celebrate Detroit’s Art Deco and midcentury buildings by sharing images of them with a global audience of designers, architects and history enthusiasts

Detroit Artists Market


To commission performance artist Jennifer Harge to draw on personal, collective and ancestral memory to create an immersive exhibition centering on the creation of black space

Detroit Institute of Arts

Put the STEAM in STEM

To give students a deeper understanding of art by having them explore the science behind paint, paintings and other historic artworks

Detroit Public Theatre

48Hours in… Detroit

To produce – in collaboration with Harlem9 – “48Hours in…Detroit,” a festival of new 10-minute plays written by Detroit playwrights to reimagine stories that speak to the rich and diverse history of the city

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Musical Interpretation of Five Poems by W.H. Auden

To demonstrate innovation in modern orchestral music by commissioning Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz to create a work based on W.H. Auden’s most iconic poems which explore universal themes of humanity

Detroit Writers’ Guild

The All Access Café of Detroit

To create an all-access café at the Detroit Public Library that brings together differently abled artists and audiences for literary readings and musical performances, where people can share their similarities through the arts

Diana Nucera

Mother Cyborg’s Automata: Understand the nature of Artificial Intelligence

To develop a laser opera and full-length musical album based on “A People’s Guide to AI” to demystify the nature of artificial intelligence and its possibilities for humanity

Gabriel Music Society

Gabriel Music Society Augmented Experience

To tell the story of six generations of musicians in Detroit’s Gabriel family – from its roots in the Caribbean, New Orleans and now Detroit – through visual and audio archives

Gracie Xavier/Global Detroit

Common Bond: Muslin Social Club

To explore the cultures of Asia, Africa and the U.S. through a series of women-only, hands-on fabric design and dyeing workshops, culminating in exhibitions

Final Girls

Future Final Girls

To help young women filmmakers gain the experience they need to pursue their filmmaking goals by providing mentoring, workshops and screenings

Highland Park Business Association

Highland Park Arts and Culture Commission

To develop and support all art forms in the city of Highland Park by creating a local Arts and Culture Commission

Hostel Detroit

Detroit Container Radio

To create easy and universal access to Detroit’s electronic music through an internet radio station based in a mobile shipping container that doubles as a performance space and coffee shop

Karen Dybis

Project SAVE: The Delray Preservation Plan

To create a record of the people, businesses and landmarks of the disappearing Delray neighborhood through a community-driven exhibition and online archive

Katherine Cockrel

Dare to Struggle Dare to Win

To spark conversations about race and policing with screenings of the award-winning documentary “Dare to Struggle Dare to Win”

Living Arts

Project: Dance

To showcase the power of dance to bring communities together by having artists and residents collaborate to create new works reflective of Southwest Detroit that will be recorded and projected on buildings

Mark Stryker

Made in Detroit: Jazz from the Motor City

To create a festival of salon-style interviews and performances that celebrate Detroit jazz musicians and demonstrate that the city’s remarkable jazz heritage remains a living tradition

Marshalle Montgomery Favors

The Fearless Tribe of Fanatic Filmmakers

To uplift the stories of Detroit’s black independent filmmakers and showcase their works by hosting screenings, panels and workshops in unconventional venues

Matrix Theatre Company

As Water Does with the Moon: Detroit Muslim Voices

To bring to the stage the diverse voices of the city’s Muslim community through a new play derived from stories gathered from the community

Michael Khoury

Zombie Frequencies of the Palestinian Diaspora

To explore the context for several waves of Palestinian emigration in recent history with a new performance work of sound and dance

Michelle Andonian

CORE 375

To commemorate the closing of the freeway in Eastern Market with performances and installations that celebrate the history of the people and neighborhoods that preceded its construction

Michigan ArtShare @ Artist Village Detroit

Chazz and the Redline

To invigorate the Artist Village in Old Redford by having the original artist, Charles “Chazz” Miller use artificial intelligence technology to recreate community murals and develop connected experiences in the neighborhood

Michigan State University Community Music School-Detroit

Women of Jazz

To share the rich legacy and contributions of women in jazz through public performances and a week-long symposium featuring Marion Hayden that will empower and inform the next generation of young musicians

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

“Northern Lights 1966” Detroit Community Tour

To tour a play about Detroit student protests in 1966 – with themes that resonate today – to schools and community centers around Detroit

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

From Where We Resist

To explore the histories of community uprisings in the United States by hosting performances and conversations by visual artist Mickalene Thomas, national Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and Detroit poet jessica Care moore

NKSK Events + Production/Njia Kai

The Temple of John Coltrane

To celebrate the legacy of musician and composer John Coltrane with a two-day event in a gallery setting featuring live performances of his work by professional and emerging Detroit musicians, dancers, spoken word and visual artists

Noah Elliott Morrison and Ben Collins


To remind people of the power and importance of the Detroit River by documenting it in photos and 3D video that will be used in augmented-reality displays at the Detroit RiverWalk

Norwest Gallery of Art

Norwest Gallery of Art

To provide more affordable arts programming for people living in Detroit’s Northwest side by expanding offerings at this community-based gallery

Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

What Did I Just Watch? Experimental and Documentary Cinema comes to the Osborn Neighborhood

To cultivate film appreciation in the Osborn neighborhood by screening films and promoting film discussion at the neighborhood’s Bel Air Luxury Cinema

Oudolf Garden Detroit

Piet Oudolf Garden on Belle Isle

To bring to life a transformative public garden on Belle Isle by Piet Oudolf, visionary designer of the High Line in New York City


PLAYGROUND DETROIT Emerging Artist Fellowship Program

To create opportunities for Detroit’s emerging visual artists with new fellowships at this gallery in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood

Power House Productions

Time in the Neighborhood

To provide a space for the exchange of ideas in a neighborhood and in Detroit by inviting visiting artists from around the world to live for a month in Jar House, and to produce public events in partnership with a local co-hosts


ProjectArt: Detroit

To bring more art into community spaces by providing emerging visual artists with studios in public libraries, where they will offer classes, talks and exhibits, engage in public art projects, and mentor art students

Shakespeare in Detroit

Shakespeare in Detroit Translation Project

To introduce Shakespeare to new audiences by hiring playwrights to translate some of the Bard’s most popular works into Arabic and Spanish, and to produce these plays in metro Detroit

Shara Nova

Body Vessel

To present a theatrical musical event exploring friendship and experiences as women of different skin colors, with Shara Nova and Helga Davis wearing a sculptural dress for two created by Annica Cuppetelli


Power (Up!) The Press Fest

To grow and celebrate Detroit’s community of printmakers, bookbinders, poets and papermakers with a festival of print media in all its variety

Sphinx Organization, Inc.

The Great Migration: A Family Story Told Through Music

To commission a new classical work by violinist/composer Jessie Montgomery that explores the historical and cultural legacy surrounding the Great Migration through music and through the lens of a family history, to be shared through a series of community concerts, artist workshops and residencies

The Hinterlands

The Hinterlands Present: Assemblage Contemporary Performance Series

To advance Detroit in the conversation around cutting-edge contemporary performance by presenting a series of internationally-recognized theatre and dance artists from across the country

The Urban Requiem Project

The Life and Death of Industrial Detroit – An Urban Requiem

To bring a multimedia-rich experience and event series to the community, commemorating and exploring the life and death of Detroit’s industrial century

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Halal Metropolis: Exploring Muslim Visibility in Detroit

To explore the facts and fictions of the Muslim community in metro Detroit with an exhibit by

artist Osman Khan, photographer Razi Jafri, and scholar Sally Howell

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Struggle and Rebirth on the Rouge River: A Transformational Public Art Installation

To explore the intertwined histories of labor, industry and the environment with a public art project that presents the story of the 1932 Ford Hunger March

Wayne State University

Between Two Worlds: The Arab American Experience in Detroit

To explore the experience of Arab Americans in Detroit by commissioning internationally renowned fine art photographer Farah Al Qasimi to do a series on the city

William Armstrong

The 48203 Dance Show and Workshops

To highlight the legacy of the TV program “The New Dance Show,” an archive of Detroit techno and fashion, through workshops and a dance showcase for youth and the community

Vanessa Cronan

Digital Arts Programming at New Local Grocery Store

To bring virtual reality and digital art into everyday spaces by presenting installations inside a new grocery store

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Detroit Institute Of Arts To Hold Their First Adoption Event Sunday Tue, 21 Aug 2018 02:54:02 +0000

Dogs and Degas apparently do go together. The Detroit Institute of Arts is holding their first-ever animal adoption event.

The event is with the Michigan Humane Society on the DIA’s north lawn on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until all the animals are adopted.

“Meet Your Best Friend at the Museum featuring Kitties and Pitties!” will have 20–25 cats and dogs, including pit bulls and pit bull mixes, up for adoption.

The animals have had all their age-appropriate vaccinations and have been sterilized.

The DIA will also raffle off private tours of its Conservation Services Laboratory, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how the museum’s renowned collection is cared for.

The raffle will also include tickets to the exhibition “Star Wars and the Power of Costume.”

Proceeds will be donated to the Michigan Humane Society in memory of Cathy Sweier, a DIA staff member and avid cat lover, who passed away this year.

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LISTEN: Meet Detroit City Lacrosse w/ Christianne Sims Malone Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:59:11 +0000

One of North America’s oldest sports is lacrosse.

The sport, a creation of Native Americans and First Nations, has seen a resurgence as of late. Among that? A program for youth. So on the Daily Detroit News Byte, Sven interviewed Christianne Sims Malone. She’s the founder of Detroit City Lacrosse.

From their website:

Detroit City Lacrosse is a citywide youth organization dedicated to developing student athletes of character and integrity who will serve as positive members of the community. The organization supports boys and girls youth lacrosse in the city of Detroit. Detroit City Lacrosse uses the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model and principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance. The organization is a member of US Lacrosse’s Urban Lacrosse Association and also participates in their Keeper of Lacrosse Project, a movement to inspire and nurture the spirit of lacrosse.

We talk about what inspired Christianne to start the project, where it’s headed and how you can get involved. Learn more at their website or Facebook page. 


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Michigan Glass Project’s Live Glassblowing Festival Returns To The Russell Industrial Center This Weekend Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:29:43 +0000

Today on the News Byte Jeremy Ross, the Artist Liaison with the Michigan Glass Project joins us to talk about Michigan Glass Project and the upcoming Live Glassblowing and Arts Festival this weekend.

The three day festival will be held at the Russell Industrial Center. The festival raises money for the nonprofit organization Art Road, which brings art classes back into schools. Last year the festival raised $100,000 for the nonprofit.

This year there will be 70 borosilicate glass artists who will be creating pieces with torches, 13 glass bead makers, and 12 hot shop glass artists. For those not familiar with hot shop glass artists, they are the ones you find at Greenfield Village. There will also be artists doing live painting throughout the weekend.  

Throughout the weekend artists will be creating pieces that will be part of the silent and live auctions.

The main event will take place on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. all three days. 

The Russell Industrial Center is located at 1600 Clay Street Detroit, Michigan 48211.

Tickets for the festival are $30 for a weekend pass or $15 for a day pass. You can purchase them in advance here.

For those of you who like after parties, there will be two this weekend.

The Marble Show at the Marble Bar will take place on Friday night from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The Whitney Garden Party/ Millefiori gathering at the Whitney Mansion will take place on Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

There is a cover charge for the after parties: $10 at the door or $5 with a Main Event Wristband.

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