Neighborhood initiatives, spurred by crowdfunding, have allowed Detroiters to upgrade parks, reduce blight, and install public works of art.
One of the newer platforms in Detroit's crowdfunding scene, ioby
, is having their first-ever convening in the city later this month. Called "Conversations. Connections. Impact: Making change in our backyards," the event will "bring together residents, community leaders and activists to explore placemaking and racial justice, and to share ideas and tools to build and maintain better and more equitable public spaces in Detroit," according to a press release.
First there will be a speech given by Mitchell J. Silver, commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, followed by breakout discussions lead by community leaders on topics like "preserving black spaces in Detroit" and "social justice and public safety."
The event is free and open to the public.
ioby's Detroit convening will be held at the Downtown Boxing Gym on Saturday, April 29th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. In order to attend this free event, you must RSVP here.