One thing’s for sure. Detroiters want to help redefine the city. They want to know where do I start and what can I do?
The ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit coming up on Saturday, November 2, has some answers.
The summit is free, open to the public and offers a full day of tutorial workshops and panels focused on how residents can improve their neighborhoods. It will be held at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College.
“Now, more than ever, we need all Detroit residents to play an active role in creating the kind of neighborhoods we all want to live in,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “The summit offers an outstanding opportunity for residents and community groups to learn, teach and network with each other on strategies that will move our city forward.”
You will learn about such things as neighborhood makeovers, entrepreneurship and grant making as well as what you can to help take on some tough topics such as blight and safety.
Safety and security is one of the key issues some of Detroit’s neighborhoods must address. Detroit Police Chief James Craig will detail community crime fighting strategies that will give you some ideas about what you can do to help.
Want to know how to share in creating Detroit’s future? Dan Pitera, executive director at University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Detroit Collaborative Design Center DCDC), will tell you how you can be part of the implementation phase of Detroit Future City. That massive community planning project for Detroit is being rolled out in neighborhoods all across Detroit. Pitera’s presentation will explain how community groups and residents can connect to strategies to improve their neighborhoods. The DCDC led Detroit Future City’s effort to engage residents and key stakeholders to actively participate in the planning phase.
Other panelists include:
- John George, president of Motor City Blightbusters, and Linda Smith of U-SNAP-BAC on fighting neighborhood blight
- Larry Lunsford, College of Creative Studies, on neighborhood art programs
- Nyasia Valdez of Young Nation on an innovative program to that transforms alley into community art projects
- Guy Williams, president of Citizens for Environmental Justice, on creating environmentally safe neighborhoods
- Robert Counts of the Youth Development Commission on summer youth employment opportunities
- Tepfirah Rushdan of the Greening of Detroit on urban farming
- Marsha Lemieux of Bright Recycling on recycling opportunities
- Tyson Gersh of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative on urban farming
- Dalton Roberson of Michigan Community Resources on mini-grant funding
- Kim Tandy of University Commons on developing neighborhood businesses
The summit will offer 12 workshops with information and strategies to help residents improve their neighborhoods in areas ranging from fighting blight and crime and forming block clubs, to developing youth leadership programs , establishing community art programs, urban farming, developing farmers markets, obtaining mini-grants for neighborhood programs, youth unemployment efforts and more.
Here’s the schedule:
8:30 – 9:15 AM
9:15 – 9:40 AM
Prayer: Rev. Annie Adams
Welcome, Summit Overview: Luther Keith, executive director, ARISE Detroit!
Remarks: Wendy Lewis Jackson, The Kresge Foundation; Randy McNeil, chairman, ARISE Detroit!
Poem: Jessica Care Moore
9:40 – 10:30 AM
Dan Pitera, Detroit Future City
Break: Move to Discussion Rooms
10:45 AM – Noon
Session A: Entrepreneurship
Session B: Fighting Blight
Session C: Neighborhood Organizing
Session D: Urban Farming/Farmer’s Markets
Session E: Detroit Future City
Session F: Youth Summer Employment
12:15 – 1:30 PM
Lunch in Atrium
Remarks by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney
Break: Move to Discussion Rooms
1:45 – 3:00 PM
Session G: Community Art programs
Session F: Public Safety
Session H: Neighborhood Makeover
Session I: Grant Making
Session J: Developing Neighborhood Youth
Session K: Environmental Safety/Recycling
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Networking in Atrium
The summit is sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and Detroit Future City. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown campus of WCCCD located at 1001 W. Fort Street, 48226. It includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Although the summit is free, all participants are urged to register at www.arisedetroit.org to secure a spot in the workshops. You can also phone 313-921-1955.