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2801, 2020

The Detroit Symphony Needed a Fill-In. It Found a Music Director.

January 28th, 2020|

When heart surgery in 2018 forced the conductor Leonard Slatkin to miss the final concerts of his decade-long tenure as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble turned to an Italian conductor three decades younger, Jader Bignamini, to step in. The players and maestro hit it off. So much so that the orchestra announced on Wednesday that Mr. Bignamini, 43, would become its [...]

2101, 2020

This coat design isn’t just saving lives. It’s launching new careers for homeless people

January 21st, 2020|

In the shadows of Detroit's tallest skyscrapers, dozens of homeless people shiver in the 17-degree cold. Ferocious wind gusts of 15 mph feel like cold knives stabbing the face. Such conditions claim the lives of countless homeless people every winter -- especially those without warm coats. Now, a nonprofit aimed at solving that problem has accidentally led to one of the most successful homeless employment [...]

2001, 2020

Inside the Detroit Historical Society’s warehouse: ‘It’s magical in here’

January 20th, 2020|

In some ways, the overflow storage facility for the Detroit Historical Society isn't all that different from a grandmother's attic. There's a bunch of old board games, tons of out-of-date clothing and dusty sewing machines. But that's about where the resemblance ends. Chances are Grandma never had an iron lung, the arrow said to have killed Gen. George Custer or Mayor Coleman Young's armor-plated [...]

1411, 2019

DSO announces Detroit Harmony – a new program to put an instrument in the hands of every student in the city of Detroit

November 14th, 2019|

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced the successful funding of phase one of Detroit Harmony, a major initiative to collaboratively expand the role of music in supporting the educational and social development of Detroit’s school children, while also growing economic opportunity for Detroit citizens through the provision of instruments and music education. Through a collaborative citywide effort, Detroit Harmony will put an instrument [...]

2310, 2019

Rev. Larry Simmons dedicates his time to serving residents in Detroit’s underserved neighborhoods

October 23rd, 2019|

For the Rev. Larry Simmons, the notion that “we can do better” has guided his life of public service. While some may think it sounds pessimistic, Simmons sees the notion as just the opposite: an indication of hope. The drive to improve is “rooted in optimism,” Simmons says. “And if there’s one thing that distinguishes America, it’s our unbridled optimism.” “We are a well-known [...]

1010, 2019

Detroit community center becomes cultural, educational hub for Latino families

October 10th, 2019|

Brilliant Detroit works with high-need neighborhoods, areas with many young families and with a strong community base to build on. Its strategy is to bring families and neighborhood leaders together to discuss the area's needs and what they would like from a center. At the community’s invitation, the organization secures a house in the middle of the neighborhood and converts it into a community [...]

1609, 2019

Investment brings new life, new jobs for RecoveryPark

September 16th, 2019|

After working for more than a decade to launch its first social enterprise, RecoveryPark is poised to break ground in November on a commercial-scale hydroponics greenhouse that will create jobs and eventually, equity ownership for Detroiters facing employment barriers. The $10 million project on East Palmer Street near Chene will bring farming — albeit a different type — back to a part of the [...]

2208, 2019

Socially driven fashion brands Rebel Nell, York Project to open in Detroit

August 22nd, 2019|

Rebel Nell was created in 2013 by Amy Peterson with the mission to employ women who face barriers to employment, such as being homeless, a refugee, or formerly incarcerated. “I was living right next door to COTS (Coalition On Temporary Shelter), a women’s shelter in Detroit, and I just had this vision of what it would look like if I could create a company that [...]

1908, 2019

Sphinx to put $1.5 million in grants behind increasing diversity in classical music field

August 19th, 2019|

The Sphinx Organization has been on a mission to increase the number of musicians of color in the classical music sector for the past 23 years. And it’s had some impact, helping to increase the number of seats those musicians hold in major U.S. orchestras to 5 percent of the total from 1.5 percent in 1996, Sphinx President and Artistic Director Afa Dworkin said. But there’s [...]

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