Metro Art, Culture and Recreation

Kresge reveals 2016 winners of $25,000 Detroit artist fellowships

Kresge reveals 2016 winners of $25,000 Detroit artist fellowships

Before directly addressing the $25,000 prize for being named 2016 Kresge Artist Fellow, veteran jazz bassist Marion Hayden wants you to know that the greatest reward for being a musician in Detroit goes way beyond dollars and cents. “Just to be a part of this music and this cultural community in Detroit is a gift in itself,” she said. “To […]

Detroit fireworks show promises to be biggest yet

Detroit fireworks show promises to be biggest yet

The 58th annual Ford Fireworks will take place Monday on the Detroit River, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever, according to Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co., the Detroit nonprofit that produces the event. This year’s show will feature nearly 11,000 pyrotechnic effects, the highest number in the […]

Detroit painter Nancy Mitchnick goes her own way

Detroit painter Nancy Mitchnick goes her own way

There’s an element of surprise in encountering Nancy Mitchnick’s large-scale representational paintings at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The Detroit-born Mitchnick, 69, works in a traditional mode of expression far removed from the au courant mediums that MOCAD typically showcases — conceptual art, installation, video, hybrid forms and the like. The more than 25 paintings in “Nancy Mitchnick: Uncalibrated” also remind you that […]

Metro Nonprofits and Service

How One Detroit Teen Is Helping Young People Cope With Loss

How One Detroit Teen Is Helping Young People Cope With Loss

After losing his mother at the age of 13 to hypertensive heart disease, Detroit teen DeAngelo Hughes felt inspired to help other young adults cope with grief. “When my mom passed, I felt abandoned, unloved, rejected,” he said. “And I just isolated myself from the world and didn’t want to talk about nothing I was going […]

Greenlight Fund to attract best-in-class nonprofits to Detroit

Greenlight Fund to attract best-in-class nonprofits to Detroit

Boston-based GreenLight Fund, a nonprofit that’s helped fill service gaps for impoverished families in other major U.S. cities by importing best-in-class nonprofits to work on the issues, is coming to Detroit. Local corporations, foundations and leaders have contributed $3 million to $4 million to support GreenLight Detroit’s first five years of operation, outpacing the other […]

Detroit Fire Department Cereal Drive

Detroit Fire Department Cereal Drive

There is no denying cereal is one of the most popular breakfast foods in the country.  Well now the Detroit Fire Department is helping collect this breakfast staple for children in need of food. Starting on Tuesday, June 14th, DFD, in association with Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Gleaners Food Bank will collect unopened boxes […]

Metro Libraries, History and Learning

Cooling off: New fountain is popular Detroit Zoo attraction

Cooling off: New fountain is popular Detroit Zoo attraction

A new attraction at the Detroit Zoo is proving popular among visitors during hot days. The fountain is located outside the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which opened earlier this year at the zoo in Royal Oak. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/28IvsiG ) the fountain includes more than two-dozen water jets that blast […]

Detroit Zoo’s new marketing campaign highlights wildlife conservation, sustainability efforts

Detroit Zoo’s new marketing campaign highlights wildlife conservation, sustainability efforts

The Detroit Zoological Society has launched a new marketing campaign titled “The Zoo That Could,” focused on highlighting the zoo’s recent wildlife conservation, energy sustainability and education efforts. Poetry, art and animated videos are used in the campaign, which will also include print, digital and social media elements, according to a release. “This campaign changes […]

Obama heaps praise on Detroit senior at Howard University graduation

Obama heaps praise on Detroit senior at Howard University graduation

At Howard University’s commencement speech on Saturday, Ciearra Jefferson listened while the keynote speaker, President Barack Obama, urged seniors like her to keep advocating for change. Then Obama did something Jefferson didn’t expect: he mentioned her by name, and told the audience about her story growing up on Detroit’s west side. “People like Ciearra are why […]

Metro Faith and Fellowship

Detroit’s unapologetic movement

Detroit’s unapologetic movement

When Reuben Sheares took the pulpit at Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago, the pews before him were nearly empty. The historic, and now infamous, Afrocentric church’s members were drawn to more rebellious religion in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. They became disillusioned with the notion that […]

Mass Mob at Catholic church in Detroit’s Indian Village

Mass Mob at Catholic church in Detroit’s Indian Village

The monthly Detroit Mass Mob will be held this Sunday at a historic Detroit church that’s surviving by reaching out to its neighborhood. St. Augustine and St. Monica Catholic Church, a parish in historic Indian Village, was founded in 1989 with parishioners from St. Catherine/St. Edward and St. Bernard parishes, with buildings dating back almost 100 […]

Tuskegee Airman, 94, awarded Bronze Star at Detroit NAACP dinner

Tuskegee Airman, 94, awarded Bronze Star at Detroit NAACP dinner

A 94-year-old Detroit native has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic service and meritorious achievement during World War II. Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson was presented the award by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Sunday at the 61st Annual Detroit NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Stabenow says Jefferson is one of the few remaining Tuskegee […]

Metro Business and Government

Little Caesars Reveals Updated Detroit HQ Designs

Little Caesars Reveals Updated Detroit HQ Designs

It’s not on the menu but Little Caesars is planning to serve up something new, and everyone in Detroit will have access to more than a few slices. The world’s largest carryout-only pizza chain recently unveiled the revised design of its Little Caesars Global Resource Center headquarters campus, and the 234,000-square-foot building will be covered […]

At White House-Silicon Valley Event, Detroit Is A Highlight

At White House-Silicon Valley Event, Detroit Is A Highlight

The White House is partnering with the New Economy Initiative to host “The Detroit Story,” a side event highlighting Detroit’s business environment at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Palo Alto, California. “It is time to tell the Detroit story, to put Detroit back on the global map, and to encourage innovators from around the world […]

Indoor cycling studio to open in Detroit this fall

Indoor cycling studio to open in Detroit this fall

Live Cycle Delight will open an indoor cycling studio this fall in Detroit’s West Village neighborhood at 8019 Agnes St. The announcement comes a year after Live Cycle Delight won $50,000 in a “Hatch Off” retail competition. The cycling studio beat out 170 applicants, according to a news release. The studio will offer three varying indoor […]

Around Metro Detroit

Detroit is home to the most Knight Cities Challenge winners

Detroit is home to the most Knight Cities Challenge winners

Creative thinking is right up there with sheer stubbornness as a driving force behind Detroit’s resurgence. That spirit of innovation was recognized this week with the announcement of the 2016 class of Knight Cities Challenge winners. Detroit is home to more winning projects than any other city. The challenge solicits ideas from local organizations and […]

Come ‘Dance!’ with the newest exhibit at the DIA

Come ‘Dance!’ with the newest exhibit at the DIA

The most daring idea behind “Dance! American Art 1830-1960,” which opens Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts, was pairing great art with life-sized videos of dancers in action. You might think this a recipe for distraction, but you’d be wrong. The seven videos that annotate “Dance!” are deeply absorbing, fun to watch, and offer […]

CREATING SPACES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN STEM:

CREATING SPACES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN STEM:

AN EVENT OF THE STEMinista PROJECT Driving Detroit to Become a Leader in STEM Workforce Development As Michigan’s economy and labor market continues to recover, it has become apparent the state needs to focus on building its talent pipeline, specifically in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. According to a recent study conducted by […]

Neighborly News and Events

Detroit-Style Food Takes New York By Storm

Detroit-Style Food Takes New York By Storm

A New York City pizza joint is trying to get a slice of the market there by serving up what the world is coming to know as Detroit-style pies while in another spot a classic Detroit coney island is taking a bite out of the Big Apple. Emmy Squared bakes rectangular pizzas with the tomato […]

Detroit internships turn students into ambassadors

Detroit internships turn students into ambassadors

After Carly Getz graduated from Syracuse University in 2013, she surprised her family and friends by moving not to New York or Boston, but to Detroit. Getz said she had plans to intern for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for three months and then move back to New York. But today, she is a […]

Gilbert’s Brush Park plan offers bold new look in Detroit

Gilbert’s Brush Park plan offers bold new look in Detroit

Not since the Lafayette Park project a half-century ago has Detroit seen a residential development as ambitious as Dan Gilbert’s Brush Park project that breaks ground in a few weeks. For one thing, the project — about 100 for-sale units and about 300 rental apartments on 8.4 acres just north of downtown — will come in at […]