Detroit Historical Museum celebrates ARISE Detroit!
Michael H. Hodges
Worried about the future of Detroit neighborhoods? Here is a quick fix.
Discover the “ARISE Detroit!” Exhibit in the community gallery of the Detroit Historical Museum, and see if you don’t walk away with a lot more confidence that things are going in the right direction.
The Detroit-based nonprofit is celebrating 10 years of its Neighborhoods Day, which last year brought together 300 different community groups to build homes, clean up trash, plant gardens and organize school supplies for them. children of the city’s 139 square miles.
Neighborhood Day 2017 will take place on August 5. Organizations wishing to participate can register by going to risedetroit.org.
“You watch the news,” said ARISE founder and former Detroit News editor and columnist Luther Keith, “and you keep hearing the same thing: big downtown, big downtown, terrible neighborhoods.” .
It’s a simplistic summary that annoys him.
“You would think nothing good is going on in the Detroit neighborhoods,” Keith said, “no one would do anything. But you come in here,” he added, pointing to the signs. colorfully documenting 10 years of community activism, “and you say, ‘Wow! I didn’t know there was so much positive energy in Detroit.’
The exhibition is essentially photographic. Organized by year, large signs celebrate the volunteers who have participated in Neighborhood Day since 2007, when only 55 groups – the St. Louis Luce community and Muhammad No.1 Mosque among them – have participated in the hard work and fun. .
Also on display are proclamations and awards that ARISE has won over the years, ranging from Spirit of Detroit Awards to an official citation from former Governor Jennifer Granholm recognizing the work of the association.
At one end of the gallery, there’s even a sign with a fun story from ARISE – “Luther’s Idea,” the magical doodle that started it all.
While still at The News in 2005, a year before launching ARISE, Keith reflected on a whiteboard, revealing his thoughts in creating an organization committed to “turning resources into empowerment and service.”
What he created in ARISE is an organization that connects groups working on improving neighborhoods with like-minded organizations to leverage their impact. Neighborhood Day is the most visible part of this program, but ARISE is at work year round.
Today, Neighborhood Day attendees include neighborhood clubs, faith groups such as Rippling Hope, and leading players in neighborhood rebuilding, such as Habitat for Humanity. This year’s sponsors include the Michigan Chronicle, Quicken Loans, Meijer, DTE Energy, Comerica Bank, Detroit Medical Center, and the Erb Family Foundation, among others.
The bottom line, Keith said, is for the people of Detroit to take charge of their city.
“They are not just waiting in the hope of being saved,” he said. “They are ready to work for their city.
“GET UP Detroit!” “
Until June 18
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