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Carleton Gholz stands on the Blue Bird stage at the St. Etienne Biennale

Music preservation org saves the Blue Bird Inn stage, an important piece of Detroit music history

In 2015 the Detroit Sound Conservancy saved the Blue Bird Inn's stage, where jazz luminaries like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker played. Now it's being showcased around the world to foster the next generation of sound preservationists.

A couple at the Hope Center

Why Detroiters should care about cuts to the Farm Bill

If the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Farm Bill were to pass, it could have major implications for Detroiters -- especially those receiving SNAP benefits.

Kirk Mayes

Onetime competitors Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest team up to fight hunger

The recent heads of Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest have bettered both organizations through collaboration and friendly competition. But that wasn't always the case between the two hunger relief nonprofits.

Matthew Harrison using a 3D printer

Detroit sculptor Matthew Harrison explores identity through clay and machines

A local sculptor, Kresge Visual Art Fellow, and former producer of clay car prototypes for Ford Motor Company, Matthew Angelo Harrison uses 3D printers to make art that imagines post-identity. 

Ingrid LaFleur

Black to Detroit: Imaginative artistic movement Afrofuturism takes root in Detroit

Afrofuturism is an artistic and philosophic movement centered around blackness in science fiction. And Detroit is a major hub in the genre. 

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10 great places to swim in Metro Detroit's natural waters before summer ends

Before summer winds down, why not look beyond the pool and take a refreshing dip in one of the many natural bodies of water you can enjoy in metro Detroit?

Farmington Hills Boy Scout Joe is learning to identify the invasive Buckthorn from DNR Stewardship Coordinator Echo Prafke-Marson. Photo by Imad Hassan

DNR's volunteer stewards safeguard Michigan's natural areas

Sometimes nature needs a helping hand in protecting against invasive species. That's where volunteer stewards come in.

First Tee

Across Michigan, programs are using golf to help youth master the game of life

First Tee teaches more than a good swing. It's about life lessons, leadership skills, healthy habits and address local community needs.

Teacher Tamika Nicks in one of Winston Head Start's updated classrooms

The importance of facility quality in early education

Research shows that attention to facility quality and thoughtful classroom design can pave the way to a better educational outcome, augment programming quality, and change the landscape of early childhood education in Detroit.

Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles

Closing of city's last Big Boy demonstrates why Detroit needs more family restaurants

The family restaurant: a place for people of all ages to get simple, affordable, sit-down meal. It's a dying breed in the city, but hopefully not for long.

Michael Payne

How a 29-year-old teacher in Detroit uses math to address challenging subjects

As a ninth grade math teacher at an art and design school, Michael Payne knows what he's up against. But his relative youth allows him to connect with his students in ways other teachers might not. 

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Michigan farmers markets: Come for the farm-fresh produce, leave with a stronger community

All across Michigan, farmers markets are open throughout the year and have that special something that brings people together for more than the fruit and vegetables: community.

Jerry Hebron

Video: Oakland Avenue Urban Farm's Jerry Hebron explains what her farm means to the community

The farm not only grows produce for wholesale at the weekly farmers market, but also hosts all kinds of community events, like music performances and workshops.

Niles Heron speaks as rest of panel looks on

5 lessons on failure from Detroit entrepreneurs

On July 27, Model D co-hosted a High Growth Happy Hour event at TechTown Detroit with support from the New Economy Initiative. Here are five lessons from that event.

Monique Tate, digital steward trainer with the Equitable Internet Initiative

How a surprising partnership will result in internet for Detroiters lacking access

Called the Equitable Internet Initiative, the project will provide internet to 150 Detroit households and was made possible by a partnership of organizations with different strengths and missions, coming together for a common cause. 
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