We had an amazing partnership with the Detroit Public Library over the summer. We had three library sponsored Detroit authors come share their stories and facilitate conversation and dialog. A huge thanks to Mark Binelli, Shaka Senghor, and Dean Demetrieski for talking about eastern market, murder, atonement, gentrification, and survival.
We had several other fantastic authors and speakers, all adding to the community in profound ways. We loved hearing Marsha talk about the kidnapped children of Detroit (white flight in the 1950′s) , Sandra helping us see Detroit through the eyes of a Czechoslovakian immigrant, and Renee delighting us with some magic garage cleaning while also attacking the achievement gap.
We also collected some of our own stories through a partnership with Detroit Future City and our Story Box program with the very fabulous Detroit Design Festival. Eastern Market After Dark killed it! Boom!
And last and far from least, we were a sponsor and co-host for Detroit’s first Failure Lab, held in the glamorous Detroit Opera House. Here we had six successful people from art, sports, and business share a very personal and emotional story about something that didn’t quite go so well, reminding us all what it means to be truly alive.
We will be spending the cold winter months planning for new event series to begin in March. If you’ve got some ideas about ways to bring people together and build empathy, let us know!
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