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Feature Story Billy and Sarah Mark run Neighborhood Art School, one half of the Clairmount Studios complex.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Central Detroit arts studio complex broadens horizons following COVID

The early pandemic wasn't an easy time for artists. But creatives associated with a central Detroit arts complex used the downtime to reimagine their work.

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Michigan schools expand mental health services in wake of Oxford school shooting

Oxford Community Schools have introduced a host of new mental health supports – even as the state of Michigan itself prepares to make an unprecedented investment in school-based mental health services.

Partner Content Wayne State University chemical engineering student Renee O’Neill

Mi STEM Forward Program Leads the Way for Student Success

Michigan is leading the way in diverse mobility technologies. The University Research Corridor is an alliance of the state’s three leading research institutions, dedicated to driving the regional economy. Through the Michigan STEM Forward program, students are connecting with STEM-focused internships at some of the state’s leading innovative companies.   

Feature Story Denise Smith

Why Early Education Matters: A Q&A with the woman leading Detroit's charge to put children first

"The real-life impact that a quality early childhood education has on every aspect of all our lives – even if we’re not parents or grandparents becomes apparent when you compare children who’ve been afforded high-quality early experiences and those who have not," says Denise Smith, implementation director for Hope Starts Here Detroit Early Childhood Partnership. "The adults who end up working in every aspect of our society—their early starts shape how they show up in those roles."

Feature Story Harvest with Anishinaabe elder Lucy Harrison

PHOTOS: Detroit harvest begins with an elder's stories

While Lucy Harrison educates others about a connection with the earth, she is the first to share that it is the plant world that has taught her how to grow a "three sisters" garden: "Their language is one of quiet observation." Model D photographer Rosa Maria Zamarron accompanied the Anishinaabe elder during harvest this year. 

Feature Story Ruthie Davis

One People: Special edition sneaker connects youth designers with apparel industry icons

The newly-launched “One People” sneaker, came from a collaboration between 20 aspiring Detroit designers, fashion label Deviate, and shoe designer Ruthie Davis (whose work has graced the feet of celebrities like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Kendall Jenner). With all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan, the limited edition likely won't last long. 

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Street art festival aims to establish Detroit as a destination for augmented reality murals

“I’m super excited to go into this digital art world, it’s the next level of art,” says artist El Cappy, whose “WARM” mural can be found on the side of The Scott development in Brush Park. “It’s definitely going to be the next big thing.”

Longform Michigan produce at the lunch counter at George Long Elementary School in Grass Lake.

Major expansion coming for program that offers schools "10 Cents a Meal" to serve Michigan produce

The budget for the state of Michigan's 10 Cents a Meal has more than doubled each of the past two years, with $9.3 million available in the coming fiscal year to help schools purchase local fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Feature Story A visitor checks out photos at the Stoudamire center.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Citizen photographers highlight safety-related issues on city's East Side

An East Side nonprofit has partnered with U of M on an innovative community engagement that turns regular citizens into research photographers to explore issues of safety and surveillance in their neighborhoods.

Feature Story Kiana Wenzell holds the audience captive at the "Building a Lasting Legacy" exhibit.

United by Design: Gucci Changemakers exhibit focused on young designers, social change

To celebrate the 12th annual Detroit Month of Design, we caught up with some of the creative forces from last weekend’s MOCAD exhibition to learn about the Gucci Changemakers — and how young designers are using art to make a difference from Detroit to Los Angeles.

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