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Henry Ford Academy students receive scholastic art awards

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS) middle and high school students received 21 regional Scholastic Art Awards during an award ceremony at the Detroit Institute of Arts! Detroit Film Theater on Feb. 12. In addition to earning a significant total number of awards, for the first time an HFA: SCS student has also attained the highest regional award and will represent the school on the national level.

The Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards received more than 5,500 individual works of art from middle school and high school students and 291 senior portfolios, which were then judged in a blind process and selected for Honorable Mentions, Silver and Gold Key Awards, American Vision nominations, and Best of Show Portfolios.
Joshua Rainer, 12th grade, is one of five young area artists who will represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees, chosen as Best of Show from all of the artwork entered in this year's Southeastern Michigan regional competition. Each regional program across the country selects the five most outstanding works of art from their Gold Key recipients. These five young artists represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees. A national panel selects one of the nominated works from each region as the American Vision Award Recipient for 2014. Each of these selected artists will receive a gold medal at the national ceremony held in New York City. 
At a time when many schools have cut visual arts programs, all students at the tuition-free college prep middle/high school engage in intensive art and design course work, with curriculum and instruction developed in partnership with the College for Creative Studies. HFA: SCS students won eighteen individual awards in a range of media categories, including:

Gold Key
John Griffith - Painting
Mark Hall - Photography
Deja Jones - Fashion (2)
Joshua Rainer - Painting (3)
Jaylen Tate-Lucas - Mixed Media
Joshua Williams - Drawing

Silver Key
Rachel Fernandez - Photography
Mark Hall - Photography (2)
Franchesca Lamarre - Fashion
Morgan Parker - Photography
Joshua Rainer - Painting

Honorable Mention
Naomi Cook - Painting
Deja Jones - Fashion
Joshua Williams - Drawing

Franchesca Lamarre and Joshua Rainer also received Gold Keys for their Senior Art Portfolios, which are a critical body of work for any student pursuing post-secondary education in a creative field.

State of Opportunity series follows Detroit's Boggs School in sound and pictures

This report by Zak Rosen and Andrea Claire Maio is part of an ongoing series on the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit. Listen to the report and watch the video below. Here's an excerpt:

The students at the Boggs School spend a lot of time dreaming about what their ideal neighborhood would be like. But they're also thinking about ways to make that dream possible. That's why the back of their class t-shirts has the word "solutionary" printed on them. At the Boggs School, students aren't just students. They're problem solvers, they're change agents, they're citizens of Detroit.

Check it out here.

Ride It Sculpture Park readies for phase II upgrades

One of our favorite Detroit neighborhoods -- dubbed NoHam, Bangtown or Power House, after the off-the-grid residential project launched by artist-architect couple Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert -- is featured in this Metro Times story on the area's unique skateboard scene that attracts vistors from as far away as Germany. Not to mention kids from the immediate neighborhood.

An excerpt:

The park, dubbed Ride it Sculpture Park, has grown over time as Power House has continued to raise the money necessary to build it along a stretch of East Davison, off Klinger, in the Detroit neighborhood north of Hamtramck where several artists have bought houses in recent years. The park is gaining some notoriety in the skate world -- and among neighborhood kids, some of whom have never seen a skateboard.

Cool stuff, yes? Read on here.

Young men, looking for educational options? Check out Loyola

After a recent City Kids features, we got a message from Loyola High School of Detroit, a West Side Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition. Last year, the school celebrated its 20th Anniversary educating young men in Detroit. 

Loyola High School is open to any male student of high school age from a private or public school background, provided the student meets the admissions criteria and provided he and his family are supportive of the mission and philosophy of Loyola.

Loyola charges a tuition of $4100 plus fees, and makes every attempt to take qualified students regardless of their financial resources. Scholarships are available up to the full tuition amount.

A student interested in Loyola High School takes an entrance exam and furnishes the school with a record of his last several academic years. Then he and his parents/guardians meet with the director of admissions or the principal. During this conversation, the student's test scores and previous academic records are reviewed, and the school's mission philosophy and policies are discussed. This interview allows the family and the school to get to know more about each other and to help determine the appropriateness of Loyola for the student.  

Loyola is designed to start with its students in the ninth grade. However, varying from year to year, the school might be able to take in a very limited number of transfer students who meet all of Loyola's requirements. The principal and the dean will handle these cases, at most few in number, on an individual basis. 

For more info on Loyola, go here.  

Freep: Detroit students grow produce year-round for meal program

This story in the Detroit Free Press, featuring a picture of students in a greenhouse, caught our eye.

Excerpt: The green projects district-wide are designed to reduce energy costs, improve health and student achievement and include a range of activities from energy conservation to waste management, transportation, nutrition and indoor and outdoor environmental improvements.

Read more here.

74Films finds action at Ride It Sculpture Park

We loved the idea even before we crashed into the reality: a sculpture skate park in the NoHam neighborhood near Davison. We found this on Vimeo, loved it, too.

An Excerpt: If you're a skateboarder and live here chances are you know a lot more about what makes this place unique and great. This past summer an unusual project took place just north of Hamtramck. It's a story that isn't unusual to skaters but might be to others. It's a true skateboarding DIY tale.

Watch it here.

Osborn neighborhood benefits from bikes for kids program

Hoo-ray, we say. A summer bikes for kids program organized locally by the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative (DECC) made possible by a $12,500 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy grant sponsored by Coca-Cola is paying dividends in one East Side neighborhood.

HuffPost Detroit has the rest of the story here.

ACLU sues on behalf of Highland Park students with low literacy rates

On Thursday the Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) -- with offices on Woodward Avenue in Brush Park -- filed a class-action lawsuit, the first of its kind, against the state of Michigan, state agencies overseeing public education and the Highland Park school system. They did so on behalf of eight students representing the roughly 1,000 children who attend the K-12 public school district.

Read the rest of the story here.

Transcontinental interplanetary neighborhood bicycle dude

When a guy named Mars hit town, suddenly things got down to earth in the Detroit neighborhood just east of Palmer Park. That's where he fixes up and gives away bikes to kids in the community. We read all about it in HuffPost Detroit. 

An excerpt:

"I owned my own business. I was making plenty of money. I had all my needs met," he told The Huffington Post.

However, that way of living didn't feel right to (Mars) Symons. He learned of an intentional community movement in Detroit called Fireweed Universe City, after meeting a psychedelic trance DJ who had become involved with the group. Symons decided to bike to the Motor City to check it out.

Read the rest of the story here.

March of Dimes partners with DMC and WSU for midtown fundraiser

We were alerted to this beauty of an event by our friends at Lovio George Communications and Design. 

This year March of Dimes has partnered with two world-class institutions, the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University, as well as many other key organizations in the area. The March for Babies Honorary Co-Chairs are Michael Duggan, President and CEO of the Detroit Medical Center and Allan Gilmour, President of Wayne State University. March for Babies Chair for the new Midtown site is Dr. Joel Kahn of the Detroit Medical Center. Together the team will focus on recruiting new companies to participate and lead the community in making a difference for the health of moms and babies. Last year, March for Babies in metropolitan Detroit raised more than $1.4 million.

On April 29 in Midtown Detroit, thousands of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. This is the first time March for Babies will be held in Midtown and with one in eight babies born premature in Detroit, organizers hope to raise significant funds to support lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies.

March for Babies is on Sunday, April 29 at 8 a.m. on Wayne State University’s Campus in Midtown Detroit. Individuals and companies who want to make a difference can register today here.

Winter Music Conference party raises funds for Youthville

At Need I Say More, an afternoon after-party at the upcoming Winter Music Conference in Miami, DJ and all-round good guy Danny Tenaglia is heading a lineup that is donating the proceeds of the event to Detroit's Youthville. Imagine that. How cool. No doubt the artists' relationship with longtime Youthville mentor and international DJ star Mike Huckaby played a part.

Resident Advisor has the scoop.

Corktown innovators get 'buzzed' on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe'

The top of our Monday morning is given a rousing head start whenever Detroit doers get their due in the national media. This time during a caffeinated discussion on how innovation is changing the social landscape and putting juice into the economy in Michigan and Ohio. With a special focus on what's happening in Corktown, around the intersection of Michigan and 14th St. and beyond.

We've got video. Watch it here.

Visual regards: Freep editor and other Detroiters illustrate city life

A few months ago, the Free Press began asking its readers to share pictures that reflected their experiences in metro Detroit. The project took its cue from "Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010," an exhibit up through April 29 at the Detroit Institute of Arts that features local and international artists' photos of Detroit and Detroiters.

Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson contributed his own family snaps to the slideshow. Check it out here.

New Children's Chamber of Commerce to focus on Detroit kids

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from PNC Financial Services' PNC Foundation, First Children's Finance will launch the Michigan Children's Chamber of Commerce, designed to strengthen early-child care centers across the state --with a focus on Detroit, Inkster and Pontiac.

It's been a rough couple years for the early-care industry. Since 2009, Wayne County lost at least 60 licensed centers for child care, contributing to a loss of over 1,400 slots for young kids in Southeastern Michigan. As a result, over 70 percent of state subsidy dollars in Michigan are paid to unlicensed guardians caring for kids.

"Low-quality care in the first few years of life can have a long-lasting impact on a child's learning and behavior," said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss. "Quality care helps a child to develop a strong mind, body and spirit through a variety of experiences."

Business members of the Michigan Children's Chamber can receive small business mentoring and financial support. The Chamber will conduct 200 clinics in 2012 to help existing businesses overcome specific business issues to stay on their feet and keep their doors open.

Find out more here.

Brightmoor student woodworkers carve out a future

Want a sign Brightmoor is turning around? An after-school program sponsored by Detroit Community High School is now a neighborhood business, employing five local students in the age-old art of hand-crafted woodworking.

The Brightmoor Woodworkers have installed five signs around the neighborhood, created in the Community High School's woodshop. They don't use power tools -- just chisels, stencils, mallets and clamps. Each sign typically takes a week to build and costs $10 a letter. The signs are appearing in front of local businesses and decorate a few of the 30 community gardens that have sprouted in Brightmoor.

Detroit Community High School founder Bart Eddy says the Woodworkers' teaches what he calls "curbside entrepreneurship," and hopes to expand the program.


"This has provided an important service for the community," he told the Michigan Citizen. "We can now teach any kid in the neighborhood, using the proper tools, and they can start their own sign-making business."

The sign points here.
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