Detroit is celebrating culture and traditions this weekend
There are several different cultures in the D for everyone to experience and this weekend there is a festival that will embrace diversity, race, and nationality. Today on “Live In The D” host Tati Amare was joined by Shirley Alcé Konaté and Lise-Pauline Barnett from the Haitian Network Group of Detroit to talk about the upcoming Haiti Festival.
Celebrate Asian American heritage at the DIA
There is no denying the influence Asian cultures have had on the art world. You can see it in dance, music, film and more. That influence is on full display at the Detroit Institute of Art. For the month of May, they are showcasing the Asian American community in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Ann Arbor named among top charming small US cities by TravelMag
ANN ARBOR – Here’s a ranking that doesn’t surprise us. TravelMag recently released its 30 Most Charming Small Cities in the USA list and Ann Arbor appears along other famed small cities -- and college towns -- like Annapolis, Maryland, Charleston, South Carolina and Bloomington, Indiana. “Home to the University of Michigan, it has long been a seat of higher education, forward-thinking, technology and progressive ideas,” wrote TravelMag. “You can see echoes of these elements everywhere, including at the numerous annual events held in the city, including expos, airshows, and the annual film festival that has been running for decades. “In the city’s lively dining scene, this same balance of tradition and modernity is reflected by Ann Arbor mainstays such as Zingerman’s Deli, right through to the trendy international cuisine from across five continents.”AdWith the award-winning Ann Arbor District Library, 161 beautiful public parks and educational and cultural events abound, it certainly is a wonderful place to live.
Ann Arbor-based network Shine & Rise holding free virtual event about workplace diversity, inclusion
ANN ARBOR – Shine & Rise will hold its first public-facing event on Friday, March 26 in honor of Women’s History Month. While its regular monthly events are members-only, the March 26 event titled “Challenge Your Team: Gender Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Work” is free to the public. Her talk will focus on how employees can challenge their companies to better practice diversity, inclusion and equity. Throughout the month of March, Shine & Rise is also collecting donations to support Girls Who Code and Alternatives for Girls. AdFor more information about Shine & Rise and to learn how to become a member, visit www.shinerise.org.
How Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II is inspiring change
Garlin Gilchrist II said he wants to make his family and the state proud of the work he does every day. As a public servant and role model, Gilchrist said he doesn’t take any of his responsibilities lightly. His parents believed in a strong work ethic and made sure he had the same foundation growing up. “I think all of us exists to change the world for the better,” Gilchrist said. Gilchrist now heads the state’s Coronavirus Task Force, addressing the racial disparities and why the crisis hit people of color in Detroit the hardest.
‘Black Art Library’ exhibit at MOCAD celebrates work of artists through books
DETROIT – A new exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is celebrating the work of Black artists through books. “I love Black art. I love art books and my background is in art education,” said Asmaa Walton. “A large part of exhibit is inviting people to appreciate Black art.”Walton called the collection Black Art Library. The Black Art Library runs until April 18 at MOCAD with strict social distancing guidelines in place.
Mosaic Youth Theatre introduces young Detroiters to the performing arts
More often than not, the arts are the first thing cut, but one program in Detroit has solved that budget problem. The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit on Antietam Avenue has educated an estimated 10,000 young people since it was founded. National philanthropic organization The Lewis Prize for Music awarded three grants in 2021 to support the arts for young people. Competing against hundreds of programs across the country, the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit earned a $500,000 grant spread over the next three years. More information on the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit can be found on its official website here.
Detroit changemaker shines through during 2020 election chaos
DETROIT – Sommer Woods is a Detroit entrepreneur, a mentor and a changemaker. Woods, a life-long Detroiter, found herself in the national spotlight during the 2020 U.S. General Election and the experience changed her forever. AdShe prides herself on always being passionate about the policy change and how it impacts the Black community. If that’s paying for tuition, paying for apartments, if that’s paying for gas for them or paying for them to get home from school.”AdShe said she views the children she mentors as her family and that’s why she’ll always stand up for democracy. “When you heard the quote ‘Be the change you want to see,’ I truly live my life that way,” Woods said.
City of Detroit showcases artists as kickoff to Black History Month
DETROIT – The arts in Detroit are getting a big boost of exposure Monday. The city is launching a year-long program called “UNDEFEATED.” It aims to showcase artists of every genre and every background. I want people to understand that Black history is a part of everything else. They’re going to see Black artists and Black musicians alongside white artists, Indian artists, Arabic artists and then we can understand that it’s not just about one thing,” Riley said. More: Black History Month stories
Detroit to start yearlong celebration of arts and culture
DETROIT – A yearlong celebration of arts and culture in Detroit will focus on the city’s contribution to American creativity. The UNDEFEATED begins Monday with the city hosting a week of virtual events to start Black History Month. They will appear in a monthly showcase highlighting the city’s talent. The showcases also will give artists opportunities to sell their work and performers chances to be booked for virtual events. The showcases will be featured monthly throughout the year on Channel 22 and the city’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Where to get delicious Middle Eastern desserts in Metro Detroit
Photo: Shatila Bakery in DearbornDETROIT – Metro Detroit is home to a large Middle Eastern community, and throughout the region you can find pastry shops that cater to the growing population. Shatila BakeryShatila Bakery is internationally known and attracts people from around Metro Detroit on a daily basis. Masri SweetsSome people argue that Masri Sweets on Schaefer Road in Dearborn has some of the best Kunafah in town. Lebon Sweets has locations in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Sterling Heights. Its baking journey began many years ago and is based on traditional recipes and the cultural heritage of Middle Eastern sweets.
Charles H. Wright Museum to stream 7 Principles of Kwanzaa events
A view of the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit during a public visitation for Aretha Franklin on Aug. 28, 2018. (WDIV)DETROIT – Saturday is the first day of Kwanzaa -- a seven day holiday meant to honor the ancestral roots of African Americans. To celebrate, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will present the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The museum will stream songs, dances, stories, poetry and more every night at 7 p.m. through Jan. 1. The presentations will be live streamed on the museum’s official website here.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month
Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. There are more 60 million Hispanic Americans in the United States, and the cultural, economic, and artistic contributions of Hispanic communities continue to enrich Michigan’s society, Whitmer said. “During this month I want to encourage everyone to appreciate and recognize the countless achievements and contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this great state,” Whitmer said. Hispanic Americans have acted as entrepreneurs, educators, trailblazers, activists, artists and so much more. To view the proclamation, click the link below:Special section: Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with traditional Mexican dance
We are continuing to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with traditional Mexican dance. This husband and wife duo created their dance group in 2005 to educate the students and their audiences about Mexican culture. The dance group is free for students and they use money from their performances to fund their wardrobes. BFM believes it is important to understand Mexican culture. Watch the video to see a fun, traditional Hispanic dance in Detroit!
New mural on Detroit’s west side promotes solidarity
DETROIT – Well-known local artist Sheefy McFly put the finishing touches on a mural Friday. The mural, painted on the side of Flamingo Vintage, located near the intersection of Junction Avenue and Vernor Highway, was made to promote solidarity. The team behind the mural said the goal is to keep the conversations and movement active. A socially-distanced block party will take place Friday at 4 p.m. to unveil the mural. RELATED: Uniquely Detroit: Artist Sheefy McFly brings love to the city through his artMcFly has painted multiple murals across Metro Detroit.
Celebrate the city at Detroit Out Loud Festival
Get ready for a big festival celebrating Detroit this weekend. Local 4 is proud to be a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Detroit Out Loud Festival, which celebrates all things Detroit across the city. This year, the festival is completely virtual and its free. Jasmin DeForrest, the Director of Community Sponsorship for Quicken Loans Community Fund, spoke with Tati Amare about the event and what to expect at this two-day event. Watch the video above to find out more about the Detroit Out Loud Festival.
Michigan nonprofit arts and culture groups to share $500,000 in funding
DETROIT Nonprofit arts and culture organizations in southeastern Michigan will share $500,000 in funding to help relieve financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and CultureSource says 50 grants of $10,000 each have been awarded from the COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance Fund. More than 200 organizations submitted applications for funding of more than $2 million. The COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance Fund receives support from various foundations. RELATED: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 58,749; Death toll now at 5,652
15 Washtenaw County nonprofits receive relief funding from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded emergency relief funding grants to 15 arts and culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County. The organizations each received one-time grants varying from $2,000 to $3,000 to give relief from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are intended to support the salary of one or more employees, fees for artists or personnel and facility costs. MCACA launched the Emergency Relief Fund program in April and has awarded $502,400 in funding to 176 nonprofit organizations around Michigan. Todays Emergency Relief Fund grants are providing immediate support to our states arts and cultural organizations as they work to economically recover from the COVID-19 virus, said MCACA director Alison Watson in a statement.
Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates MuseumWeek’s theme of ‘togetherness’ with unity video
DETROIT – Employees of The Detroit Institute of Arts released a video celebrating visitors of the museum. Employees who are working from home and on-site helped make the video. MuseumWeek is a cultural event featuring museum’s from more than 100 countries on social media. This year’s theme is “togetherness” and Wednesday’s hashtag is #togetherMW. Watch the video below:
About 100 years later, Harlem Renaissance impact still being celebrated
That might sound contradictory and impossible by math standards, but that partly explains the greatness of the Harlem Renaissance. The result was the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural, artistic, social and intellectual explosion that spanned the entire Roaring ’20s. One of his most recognized works was a poem called “Madam and the Minister,” which spoke of the mood toward religion in the Harlem Renaissance. One of the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston was a key contributor to a magazine called “Fire! There no doubt will be good celebrations in 2020, but, given the Harlem Renaissance was more than just a one-year movement, the tributes will be lasting for years to come.