Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Detroit, MI, May 20, 2013 --ArtPlace America announces today the award of a $200,000 grant to Detroit Economic Growth Association for REVOLVE Detroit to activate empty storefronts along Livernois Avenue with art and related activities. The project was chosen from over 1,200 applications as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.
REVOLVE Livernois will match world-class designers and artists with local university students, residents, and entrepreneurs. Artists will create temporary and permanent installations for vacant storefronts and public spaces. Along with other art-related events, the installations will continue to re-vitalize Detroit's historic "Avenue of Fashion." This summer, a local panel will select five artists with national reputations, five local artists, and several University students to create original works inspired by the district and its rich legacy. The installations will be displayed early next fall.
ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking - putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. This is ArtPlace America's third cycle of grant awards, and Detroit was one of 54 organizations that earned an award.
"The Avenue of Fashion has and always will be one of Detroit's premiere cultural and entertainment districts," said Olga Stella, vice president, business development at Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). "Our goal is to show how the arts can serve as a catalyst for community and economic revitalization."
Kim Swift an artist with the studio We Came In Peace, and creative director for the project said, "Detroit is rapidly evolving as a cultural hotbed for artists and young entrepreneurs from all over the world. The Avenue of Fashion is a perfect place for a diverse group of local and international artists, architects and designers to come together with the community and rediscover the greatness that?s already there. By connecting the emerging with the established to create spaces and art that engages, inspires and builds commercial interest, we aim to foster a climate of possibility and strengthen the fabric of the community."
Kim Tandy, program manager at University Commons said, "Livernois Avenue has a great tradition of art, fashion and music, and we are very pleased to be able to showcase the work of artists from other parts of the country and the world with some of the great work of Detroit artists. Detroit ArtPlace projects will help us continue the momentum we have built for re-invigorating this important district of Detroit. Watch for more to come."
Rip Rapson, chair of ArtPlace America's Presidents' Council and president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation said, "ArtPlace America recognizes the central role arts and cultural activities can have in the revitalization of American cities. With this grant award ArtPlace America is directing individual project support to scores of creative, high-impact projects throughout the country."
REVOLVE activities along Livernois Avenue are part of a collaborative effort among government and non-profit agencies, businesses, anchor institutions such as University of Detroit-Mercy and Marygrove College, and University Commons community organization. The initiative is supporting ongoing projects that are revitalizing this important district of Detroit.
One of the consulting project managers on the Livernois project is Mosaic Urban Partners, an advisory services firm that specializes in the regeneration of urban neighborhoods throughout the country. Mosaic has worked on a number of projects in Detroit and will also provide national best practices expertise on creative placemaking and arts-based revitalization projects.
REVOLVE Detroit is a collaborative program of the DEGC that partners with community leaders, building owners, entrepreneurs, and artists to activate vacant storefronts with transformational businesses and art installations. The goal of the program is to foster the evolution and vibrancy of Detroit?s neighborhood business districts.
About Detroit Economic Growth Association
Detroit Economic Growth Association (DEGA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic development of the city of Detroit. DEGA is administered by Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), a non-profit organization that serves as the lead implementing agency for business retention, attraction and economic development initiatives in the city of Detroit.
DEGC is led by a 60-member board comprised of business, civic, labor and community leaders. Its 40 professionals provide staff services for key public authorities that offer tax credits and other forms of financing for projects that bring new jobs or economic activity to the city. Among them: the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA), Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC), Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA), and Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA). DEGC also provides planning, project management and other services under contract to the City of Detroit.www.degc.org
About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).
Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.
ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.
ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley. www.artplaceamerica.org
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 18:43
SALSA, MUSIC & MANSIONS: Palmer Woods Afro Cuban Jazz, May 25 Jazz, Classical, World Music & a Splash of R & B, June 21-22
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The paradisal spring gardens behind a stately Palmer Woods Mansion will be swaying with the hot rhythms of Orquesta La Inspiracion's horns, percussion and vocals for the upcoming Palmer Woods Music in Homes concert on Saturday, May 25 at 8 pm. A delicious Mexican feast will be served during intermission, and the main floor of the home will be open for a tour prior to the concert.
Orquesta La Inspiracion is led by award-winning jazz pianist and music director Bill Meyer. Bringing together veterans of Detroit’s Latin and jazz scenes, his ear respects and his hand reveals these distinct traditions to produce authentic music derived from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Meyer’s new musical structures also include elements of Yoruban, Congolese, and Dahomean traditions.
This is a concert where the audience is encouraged to not keep still. Propelled by the rhythms and tones of Afro-Cuban pop and salsa, those within earshot instantly become part of the unique Latin pulse and are often up on their feet dancing.
The Palmer Woods Music in Homes series presents outstanding live music set in the magnificent homes of one of the City of Detroit’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods. The 2012-2013 season launched in December, followed by a jazz, classical or world music concert each month in a different magnificent home. The spring-summer concerts are held in beautiful gardens, shelter by a spacious tent.
Tickets, $40 or $35 each for groups of 10 or more, are sold in advance only and can be purchased online at palmerwoods.org or by calling 313-891-2514. The location of the home is provided to ticket holders. The concerts are special opportunities to hear world-class musicians who have Detroit-area roots. Included is a reception with delicious food, beverages and desserts (often related to the musical style).
The June concert will be held under the sunshine and stars beneath a large tent in the magnificent garden behind a meticulously restored 4,700 sq. ft. Italian Renaissance mansion. The main floor of the home will be open for a guided view during part of the evening.
On Friday, June 21, the musical bouquet is infused with a mixture of jazz and classical influences, as well as Argentine tango and Spanish works, performed by the Spencer Barefield Super String Quartet. On Saturday, the Thornetta Davis ensemble will journey through the jazz world with a funk-fusion-R&B edge.
For the past six years, Palmer Woods residents and Creative Arts Collective spearheads Barbara and Spencer Barefield have asked their neighbors to welcome 100-200 guests into their homes to support the arts and help to raise money to benefit their historic neighborhood.
The response has been extraordinary. "We have produced more than 50 concerts with the Palmer Woods Association, and they all sell out, sometimes more than a month in advance," guitarist/composer Spencer Barefield explains. "Musicians — incredible Detroit-based artists with international acclaim — are thrilled to perform. There have even been a number of concert guests who were so impressed with the neighborhood that they decided to buy a home and move here."
Some homeowners have so much fun that they have signed on year after to year as hosts. There is a neighborhood team that assists with concert receptions, preparing culinary feasts to match the music. Guests — who travel from far and wide — are loyal supporters. The Barefields, in collaboration with the neighborhood, have created a unique way to support the arts, improve the image and quality of life in Detroit and their historic neighborhood, and preserve its architectural treasures and history.
Music of the Grand Finale - Summer Solstice weekend:
The grand finale weekend opens on Friday, June 21 at 8pm with the Spencer Barefield Super String Quartet. "Paganini to Piazzolla, Barefield & Beyond" will be presented by this adventurous ensemble—featuring world-renowned guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, violinist Jannina Barefield Norpoth, violist John Madison and bassist John-Paul Norpoth. The quartet straddles the boundaries of traditional, avant garde and modern jazz, classical, world music and other music idioms.
The multi-talented string players will perform exciting works composed by 2010 Kresge Arts Fellow Barefield, as well as selections that will come from their repertoire, such as legendary jazz composers such as Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Oliver Nelson, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn. Add some spicy classical works of Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla, and Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla, and the challenging works of Niccolò Paganini, for out-of-this-world music — performed by four virtuosic, super string players.
Jannina (Spencer's daughter) has soloed with the Detroit Symphony, and has been a featured performer alongside Itzhak Perlman, Emmanuelle Boisvert, Regina Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Jannina's husband John-Paul has performed under the batons of Itzhak Perlman, Kurt Mazur, Bright Sheng, Jamie Laredo, Otto Werner Mueller and others in numerous New York-area orchestras. John is the principal violist for the Michigan Opera Theatre and regular Detroit Symphony Orchestra sub. He is among the Detroit area's most esteemed performers and educators.
In addition, there will be a free concert for children from 5-6 with the A. Spencer Barefield Super String Quartet. Reservations can be made at palmerwoodsmusicforchildren.eventbrite.com
On Saturday, June 22 at 8 pm, Thornetta Davis and her ensemble fill the stage. Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” is equally at home with R&B, soul, and the timeless Motown sound. Her voice is at once commanding and deliciously smooth. Thornetta’s seductive way with melody has made her a natural to perform as an opening act for stars as diverse as Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Gladys Knight, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, and Johnnie Johnson. Thornetta is an extraordinary artist whose other venues include the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival (with Bonnie Raitt) and the Lilith Fair at Pine Knob (with Sarah McLachlan). Even Kid Rock sings Thornetta’s praises, after sharing the stage with her at the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards at Madison Square Garden. She has also recorded vocals for CDs by Kid Rock and Bob Seger. For more than two decades, Thornetta has been one of the driving wheels of Detroit’s rich musical heritage. In 2001, she was inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame. In 2002, the Detroit Music Awards honored her live record at the Music Menu as Best R&B/Blues Recording. She has continually won top honors from the Detroit Music Awards as outstanding blues/r&b vocalist.
Thank you to our presenters, Palmer Woods Association and Creative Arts Collective, and our sponsors: Be Well Medical Center & Skin Rejuvenation; Barefield DesignWorks; Blossoms Birmingham; City Living Detroit, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, WRCJ-90.9FM.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:05
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
The Pearls of Service Foundation, a non-profit affiliate of Pi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, is planning its Eighth Annual Pink and White AKATeen Scholarship Ball to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 6:30pm-12:00am at the Shriner’s Silver Garden Events Center in Southfield, Michigan. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for scholarships and to be used as a platform for the AKATeens as “A Showcase of Excellence”.
These young women are students at high schools throughout the Metro Detroit area. They are required to participate in community service projects, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, possess high ethical and moral standards, be positive role models, encourage high achievement in high school and beyond and promote unity, friendships and community activism among high school students in the tri-county area.
The Pearls of Service Foundation and Pi Tau Omega Chapter are working together to serve the citizens of Southern Oakland County and the Metropolitan Detroit Area. Our mission is to promote education, health awareness, economics, and family stability in our communities.
“When you have seen young ladies that have joined the group from the 9th grade and you see their development until they graduate—it is really rewarding, “Terry Mann, President of the Pearls of Service Foundation. “They become young ladies and are ready to go off for their first year of college.”
Their goal is to distribute over $25,000 in scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors. These funds will be utilized at the college of their choice. Community support of the AKATeen Pink and White Ball is critical to helping us achieve our mission of encouraging deserving youth to continue their education. For tickets and information, please contact Ms. Venus Smith at 248-906-9150.
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Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 13:12
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
The Children’s Center’s is in celebration of the National Foster Care Awareness Month and provides one of the largest and comprehensive frontline services for children.
The Children’s Center believes in preserving biological families. They work with families and relatives of families to preserve the family unit, however when the safety of a child is concerned –The Children’s Center helps to ensure care and services for those who have been abused or neglected.
No matter their age, all children in foster care need a meaningful connection to at least one caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives. Without families or stable relationships, too many of these formerly neglected and/or abused children and teens will end up facing life’s challenges all alone.
“People who become foster parents do so out of love and compassion,” says Debora Matthews, President and CEO of The Children’s Center. “We ask everyone to take a moment during the month of May to thank these wonderful families who provide loving and safe homes for the children who need them.”
At The Children’s Center, research shows that the ideal environment for children to grow and thrive is with a loving and nurturing birth-family. Yet, too many children come to us frightened and traumatized from homes devastated by poverty, neglect, mental and physical abuse.
• Over 14,000 Michigan children are in foster care annually
• Every 18 minutes a child is abused or neglected
• Every 28 seconds a child is placed in foster care
“Become a foster parent. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever encounter. As a trained foster parent, you can help change a child’s life by providing the caring support and guidance these young people need to heal, grow, and thrive,” says foster parent Ms. Dyan King. “The Detroit community needs to ensure there will always be enough caring foster families with loving homes.”
The magnitude of the urgent and sustaining needs of children and older youth in foster care and their families is great. Foster parents can help change a lifetime for a young person in foster care. Call us today at 313.262.1119 or visit The Children’s Center website <http://www.thechildrenscenter.com/what-we-do/a-safe-home/foster-care/> to learn more about how you can change a child’s life.
About The Children's Center
The Children’s Center offers more than 20 interrelated programs that address the mental, physical and behavioral health, abuse and neglect, and poverty challenges faced by over 100,000 vulnerable children in Greater Detroit. To learn more about The Children’s Center, visit www.thechildrenscenter.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:28
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Retailer will interview for full- and part-time positions for its latest store to debut this summer
What:Meijer has announced that it will be conducting interviews for more than 400 positions available at its new Detroit store scheduled to open later this summer.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is seeking to fill positions in all departments from clerks and cake decorators to utility workers, meat cutters and more.
Potential candidates should begin the hiring process by searching for available positions at www.meijer.com/careers. Once they are at the job posting site, interested candidates should click on hourly professionals, search hourly opportunities, and enter 268 in the keyword search box to see available positions.
Meijer is also partnering with several local organizations to fill positions at the new Detroit store. These organizations include:
· Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. (Michigan Works!)
· Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)
· Second Ebenezer Church in partnership with Perfecting Church
· Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC)
Meijer recruiters will conduct phone interviews in the coming weeks. Selected candidates will then be contacted to schedule an in-person interview.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 06:56
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