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 15:49
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
Detroit Children's Choir and Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles Partner to offer landmark program for metro Detroit children
Category: Community Written by Cathy Nedd
The Detroit Children's Choir (DCC), in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE), is excited to announce the creation of the Detroit Children's Choir's Concert Chorale, a groundbreaking choral program for metro Detroit children. The Concert Chorale will be a unique education and performance experience led by DCC artistic director Lauri Hogle. The program's opening season will begin in the fall of 2013.
"We are thrilled to be joining with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles to offer this incredible new experience to the children of southeast Michigan," said Hogle. "The kids involved with this program will be surrounded by excellence, rigorous training, and focused, positive development of musical skill and musicianship. Choral music has the power to shape a life, develop a leader, and instill confidence with successful creation of something beautiful, positive, and uplifting."
Concert Chorale members will receive music literacy and sight-reading training as well as learn healthy vocal technique. Repertoire will vary across musical genres including pieces from American culture heritage, classical choral repertoire, and texts in foreign languages. In partnership with CYE, chorale members will be immersed in a number of extraordinary performance opportunities with access to the state of the art facilities of the Max M. Fisher Music Center - including historic Orchestra Hall.
"As a community supported orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is committed to partnering with wonderful organizations such as the Detroit Children's Choir," said Charles Burke, CYE Artistic Director. "The Concert Chorale will allow children from all across metro Detroit to come together and create a community of choral singing that will transform the lives of all involved. The DSO's Civic Youth Ensembles is happy to be committed partners in this valuable and important effort."
The Concert Chorale is open to all children ages 8-14 who have unchanged treble voices and are able to match pitch. Children must be focused and committed, love to sing, and be willing to grow in their music comprehension and choral skills. Rehearsals will be held on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.
Registration cost for the Concert Chorale is $400 for the season. Scholarship opportunities and payment plans are available. Limited spaces are available. For registration information, please call the DCC office at (313) 833-4432 or visit www.detroitchildrenschoir.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:20
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 Written by Cathy Nedd
The Southfield Parks & Recreation Department invites residents to celebrate the beginning of summer with the opening of the Southfield Sports Arena Pool and Free Swim Lesson Day on Saturday, June 15.
The Pool Opening Celebration will take place from 1-8 p.m. at the Southfield Sports Arena located within the Southfield Municipal Complex at 26000 Evergreen Road. The event will feature free admission and entertainment throughout the day.
Free swim lessons will also be offered for children ages 2-12 who are interested in taking lessons through the summer. Lessons will be available for Parent/Tot (ages 2-4, parent works with child in water) and Preschool (ages 3-5) from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can try either the Level 1 Sea Horses class or Level 2 Minnows class from 12-12:30 p.m. to see what level is appropriate for them. Pre-registration is required by calling (248) 796-4640. Each class is limited to the first 15 to register.
For more information, call the Southfield Sports Arena at (248) 796-4640.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 20:53
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