MEDC pledges aid for N'Namdi-led arts district

January 20, 2015
Model D

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has launched another matching grant program for a successful crowdfunding campaign, this time by influential Detroit art dealer and developer George N'Namdi. If N'Namdi can raise $30,000 in 30 days, the MEDC will award N'Namdi another $30,000.

George N'Namdi is the owner of N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Midtown. His goal is to establish a new arts district around the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Rosa Parks Boulevard. The crowdfunding campaign will help finance Quarter Pop on Grand River, an arts incubator and gallery and retail district that will rotate entrepreneurs in and out of renovated storefronts in three month increments. The 4200 block of Grand River Ave. is the focus of the project.

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What Makes a Great Public Market? Nominate Your Favorites

January 15, 2015
Project for Public Spaces

When a place is great, it just clicks. We know it. You know it. These are the places we remember most vividly, the places where serendipitous things always seem to happen, the places to which we return—in the stories we tell if not in person—all throughout our lives.

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ArtPlace Announces 90 Finalists for its 2015 National Grants Program

January 14, 2015
ArtPlace America

ArtPlace is proud to announce the 90 projects that have been selected as finalists for consideration for its 2015 National Grants Program.  Each of these finalists have proposed opportunities for the arts to play an explicit and intentional role in a community development project that seeks to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of a community. 
In total, ArtPlace received 1283 letters of inquiry. These finalists’ projects are proposed for communities of all sizes across the country, with 25% of finalists proposing rural projects, 4% representing suburban communities, and 71% taking place in urban centers.
Of the finalist projects, 89% of them were proposed by organizations that have never before been a finalist for ArtPlace’s National Grant Program.
ArtPlace’s next round of National Grant Program recipients will be announced in June 2015.  To date, ArtPlace has invested $56.8 million in 189 projects in 122 communities of all sizes across the US through its National Grants Program.

Click here to view the full list of finalists.

5 Michigan Projects Awarded!

MI - Michigan      Detroit     Allied Media Projects

Create NED will integrate art and design into the ongoing efforts of residents in Detroit’s District 3 to counteract disinvestment and municipal neglect with collaborative planning for the future of the district. It will bring residents together around a shared land-use vision and seed public art projects that begin to bring that vision to life.

MI - Michigan       Detroit       Erik Howard

Through participatory design processes engaging at-risk youth and community members around The Alley Project, we will renovate a vacant commercial building and adjacent lot to create community spaces that promote building social capital and community assets through performance and visual arts, workshops, local commerce and interactive open space.

MI - Michigan       Detroit        Matrix Theatre Company

Matrix is bringing Caridad Svitch, a bilingual playwright, to work with Detroit’s Latino community in developing a new piece of theatre highlighting stories from Southwest Detroit. Svitch will engage Matrix’s artistic staff and community artists in developing a new bilingual script and support them as they explore similar themes in their own work.

MI - Michigan      Harvey     Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile, multi-use, year round, interpretive trail system that connects people to the sites, structures, stories associated with the Marquette Iron Range. We are surrounded by a beautiful outdoor environment with many iconic structures of our mining past, but we need more art installs to relay our significant story.

MI - Michigan       South Haven        South Haven Center for the Arts

To establish a tradition which brings together a disparate community of transplanted retirees, locals with economic reliance on tourism, a growing minority population and recent immigrants to find common ground by caring for the unique, fragile natural coastal resources of South Haven and making art together with the flotsam collected in clean up.

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Detroit Greenways Coalition leads non-motorized charge into 2015 with bevy of bike-related projects

January 08, 2015
Model D

The nonprofit group Detroit Greenways Coalition has released its Top 5 Detroit bike and trail projects for 2015 and it's looking to be a very good year for Detroiters who enjoy the outdoors. According to the DGC, the city's bicyclists, joggers, and walkers will see miles of new pathways added, current routes improved, and safer road conditions in 2015.

Detroit Greenways Coalition is led by Executive Director Todd Scott. The group works with both public and private entities, including city and state governments and an array of foundations, to improve the quality of non-motorized transportation and recreation in Detroit.

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Cities to watch in 2015

January 06, 2015

The Nickel Tour: Though 2015 promises much change for cities around the world, these six are set to see the most profound transformations.

We expect 2015 to bring a lot of great things for cities and the people that live in them.

But there are some metropolitan areas that stand out among the rest. Here are the areas we’re looking forward to watching in 2015.

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