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ESPN digs into the origins and beauty of Detroit's singular sport, feather bowling

In a beautifully written longform piece for ESPN, writer Chris Koentges digs into the idiosyncratic traditions kept alive on the east side of Detroit through the sport of feather bowling.

70 Knight Arts Challenge finalists anounced

On June 15, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the 70 finalists it is considering for 2015 Knight Arts Challenge grants in Detroit. Over 1,000 ideas were submitted to the challenge.

Ponyride seeks artists for new residency programs

Corktown's Ponyride is many things – a co-working space, a business incubator, a production space for social enterprises, and a carpentry workshop, to name a few. This summer, you can add artist residency program to the list.

Model D talks about re-imagining I-375 on Michigan Radio

Last week, Model D editor Matthew Lewis and contributor Beth Szurpicki appeared on Michigan Radio's Stateside program to discuss the possibility of re-imagining I-375, America's shortest signed Interstate that runs through the near east side of downtown Detroit.

Could city ID cards make Detroit more inclusive?

The thinking goes that city IDs help people who have difficulty presenting documents typically required for obtaining state IDs, namely undocumented immigrants, the recently incarcerated, and homeless people. More recently, however, city ID cards have become ways for municipalities to express gender sensitivity to their residents.

Celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary Detroit activist and philosopher, Grace Lee Boggs

For the last 75 years, Grace Lee Boggs has been a leader in the labor, black power, and civil rights movements in the city and beyond, influencing generations of activists along the way. Celebrate her 100th birthday with a party on June 26 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Midtown.

We're hiring!

Looking for some extra work, or know someone fabulous who is? Issue Media Group, Model D's parent company, is hiring a program manager to assist with the delivery of a few strategic custom content and underwriting programs. 

Small business in Detroit: a romantic notion, but no picnic

In a recent feature for the Detroit Free Press, John Gallagher reminds us that "it takes more than a clever idea or catchy product to make a go of a small business in Detroit."

Deadline to apply for $10k NEIdeas small business challenge grants is June 4

Last year, the New Economy Initiative and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation teamed up to award 32 existing small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park a combined total of over $500,000 for their ideas for growth. This year, a whole new group of time-tested Detroit businesses will receive NEIdeas challenge grants. The deadline to apply is June 4.

New Center Park's summer series returns with movies, music, 'Macbeth,' and more

New Center Park's summer season kicks off on Wednesday, June 3, with a screening of local film "Detroit Unleaded" in conjunction with the Cinetopia International Film Festival.

Tour homes in two of Detroit's most iconic historic neighborhoods, Corktown and Palmer Woods

This summer, historic homes in two of Detroit's most iconic neighborhoods, Palmer Woods and Corktown, will open to the public thanks to a concert series and a home and garden tour.


Neighborhood Exchange, a new resource for Detroit communities, launches Thursday

Key features of Neighborhood Exchange will include monthly features highlighting achievements in Detroit's neighborhoods, an events calendar of community happenings and volunteer opportunities throughout Detroit, a directory of neighborhood resources, and a discussion board for neighborhood issues.

Detroit to be featured on Esquire TV's "Best Bars in America"

The Detroit episode of "The Best Bars in America" will air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, and feature a number of Detroit's favorite drinking establishments.

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