First Container, our kickstarter funded prototype in Eastern Market, wowed with some snazzy design and shipping container awesomeness. But is also laid some critical groundwork in community building. We had groups promoting women’s health, exploring experiential education, and closing the achievement gap by encouraging communities to read more to children. A lot of this happened almost by accident… but of course it was no accident. Like much of this project people and projects emerged through powerful and honest conversations. Read the rest
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. Read the rest
Collision Works has the honor to help host and sponsor Detroit’s first Failure Lab, an honest conversation about when things don’t always work the way we want them to. It’s not celebrating defeat and it’s not trying to preach life lessons.
It’s a simple a chance for people to share and reflect and build community through story.
We have spent six beautiful months camped out in Eastern Market in our mahogany paneled steel box and it is time for us to both make way for the Christmas Trees and also spread our wings and fly, or rather roll, to another spot in the city.
First Container is ON THE MOVE!
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Children’s books usually have a goal with what it’s set out to teach. Renee Prewitt’s new children’s book, Taj Cleans the Garage, has a very specific goal. Prewitt aims to bridge the 30 million word gap. Studies show that children that come from lower income homes learn 30 million less words than their higher income household. “This is the first in a series of books I’m writing to help close the 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3,” Prewitt says. Read the rest
Youth from the Detroit Youth Energy Squad (a program of WARM Training Center) have created a
short documentary about alternative forms of education happening in Detroit. Learning spaces like
Omnicorp, the Boggs School, 5e Gallery, and the Mt. Elliott Makerspace are highlighted throughout the
film as well as interviews with community members, students and local activists. The documentary
seeks to show that education is everywhere, not just in schools.
Check more about who they are at their website here.
From June through October we will be offering a selection of books about the Detroit experience through the Detroit Public Library. You can check out these books from us for your book club. Each participant can borrow 3-10 books from First Container and keep them out for a month. You are also free to use First Container for your book club meetings. Read the rest
Niobe is Collision Works’ intern-extraordinaire. She is in fact a 21-year-old senior at the University of Michigan, with a concentration in Art and Design, psychology, and writing. In her spare time she enjoys tetris, being sub-par at guitar, yoga, sidewalk chalk art, and not eating animals. Read the rest