SUMMER BREAK
Aug
1
to Aug 31

SUMMER BREAK

Our Detroit location will be closed for the month of August to gear up for the fall! Enjoy summertime in the city and we'll see you in September. If you're visiting Detroit, please check out these suggested tours & experiences:

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CITY LOBBY: ETHICAL REDEVELOPMENT
Sep
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

CITY LOBBY: ETHICAL REDEVELOPMENT

Join us at Pipeline Philly for our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we'll be joined by Tayyib Smith, Akeem Dixon & members of Place Lab's Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series in Chicago to share what they've learned from Theaster Gates over the last year, and how they will apply the principles to their work in Philly.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: RYAN MYERS-JOHNSON & JENNIFER HARGE
Jul
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: RYAN MYERS-JOHNSON & JENNIFER HARGE

Join us in the parlor with dancers & choreographers Ryan Myers-Johnson of Sidewalk Festival and Jennifer Harge of Harge Dance Stories for a conversation about art, activism, Black feminism & the city.

Sidewalk Festival (August 4 & 5) is a grassroots performing arts festival that takes place in the courtyards, alleys, sidewalks & streets of the Artist Village in Northwest Detroit. The Festival celebrates the landscape & culture of Detroit through presentation of original place-based and traditional performance, installation art, and land art. Follow @SidewalkDetroit for details.

 

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PARLOR TALK: DETROIT WOMEN LEAD
Jul
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: DETROIT WOMEN LEAD

Join us in the parlor with Detroit Women's Leadership Network for a conversation about the power of mentorship to advance women leadership in Detroit. Moderated by Shelley Danner, special guests Carina Jackson and Jackie Gant will share their stories and the value of mentoring through their career journeys, followed by interactive speed mentoring to foster connections & build community.

#DETWomenLead

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PARLOR TALK: DIPLOMACY BEGINS HERE
Jul
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: DIPLOMACY BEGINS HERE

What does it mean to be a citizen diplomat? How can you promote cross-cultural exchange here at home? Join us in the parlor with Global Ties Detroit, a non-profit that hosts international exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of StateUSAID, and other agencies to advance global exchange and citizen diplomacy. With special guests:

Hosted by Claire Nelson & Chase L. Cantrell. Thanks to support from Knight Foundation. Locals & travelers welcome.

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BLOCK TALK: BREWERYTOWN
Jul
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

BLOCK TALK: BREWERYTOWN

Join us at The Money & The Elephant in Brewerytown for our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we're talking about building stronger neighborhoods, block by block. What are the priorities of residents? What's the right mix of retail? How do you balance preservation & development? With special guests:

Limited seating. Please RSVP in advance here: goo.gl/ErKakt

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: SOMMER WOODS
Jul
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: SOMMER WOODS

Join us in the parlor with Sommer Woods, Vice President of External Affairs for M-1 RAIL, the non-profit organization formed in 2007 to lead the design, construction, and operation of QLINE, Detroit's new streetcar system that opened in May 2017

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PARLOR TALK: NO PASSPORT REQUIRED
Jun
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

PARLOR TALK: NO PASSPORT REQUIRED

How global is your Detroit? Join us in the parlor with Gracie Xavier of Global Detroit to meet Detroiters from around the world. This week we welcome special guests from Ethiopia, Senegal & Zimbabwe:

Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome. 

Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

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PARLOR TALK: SHEILA COCKREL & SANDRA STAHL
Jun
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: SHEILA COCKREL & SANDRA STAHL

What can activists today learn from the activism of the 1960s & 70s? What is different today? What is the same? Join us in the parlor with Sheila Cockrel and Sandra Yu Stahl of Citizen Detroit, a community engagement initiative established to educate, engage and mobilize residents to fully participate in city government and civic life. Sandra will interview Sheila about her days as a young community activist to shut down STRESS, a decoy police unit that killed 21 Detroiters following the 1967 civil disturbance, and how her approach to activism has shifted since.

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CITY LOBBY OUTDOORS
Jun
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

CITY LOBBY OUTDOORS

Join us for our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we're headed outdoors for Parks on Tap at Columbus Square Park. Let's stand with the Paris Agreement for a greener city & planet. What projects & efforts are inspiring you locally? Come share.

  • First drink on us for first 25 guests to arrive
  • Download the city's Greenworks guide: http://bit.ly/2mhMloc
  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: JESSICA NABONGO
Jun
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: JESSICA NABONGO

Join us in the parlor with Jessica Nabongo, global traveler and founder of Jet Black, a boutique travel firm. Born & raised in Detroit by Ugandan immigrants, Jessica has lived, worked & studied on four continents (North America, Asia, Europe, Africa), earned a graduate degree from the London School of Economics, and visited over 70 countries on six continents. Jessica’s career has spanned the pharmaceutical industry, teaching English, working for the United Nations and now entrepreneurship. Her blog Catch Me If You Can chronicles her travels & the people she meets along the way. She recently returned to Detroit and is calling the city home, once again.

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PARLOR TALK: POLICY & THE CITY
May
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: POLICY & THE CITY

While policy power players are making deals up in Mackinac this week, we're here in the city, asking: What do Detroiters want from policy? How can Detroiters have a real influence on the policies that matter to us? Join members of Declare Detroit for a conversation about how we can be a powerful force in City Hall and Lansing on issues like economic development, education, transit, and the arts. With special guests:

Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

 

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PARLOR TALK: CORNELIUS HARRIS
May
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: CORNELIUS HARRIS

Detroit is known internationally for cars and music, yet for some, the city could be doing much more on both fronts. Join us in the parlor with cultural activist Cornelius Harris, founder of Alter Ego Management and label manager of Underground Resistance (UR), the legendary techno collective from Detroit. Started by Jeff Mills and Mike Banks, UR has been called "the heart, soul, conscience and consciousness of Detroit's influential techno scene." Harris joined UR in 1995, inspired by their marriage of music & message.

 

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PARLOR TALK: CREATIVE DIPLOMACY
May
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: CREATIVE DIPLOMACY

How was Detroit received at the Biennale Internationale Design in Sainte-Etienne? And the Michigan House at SXSW? Join us in the parlor with Cezanne Charles of Creative Many and Ellie Schneider of Detroit Creative Corridor Center to hear about their experiences representing Detroit in the world, and what's next for their work in the city.

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PARLOR TALK: WHO IS IT BUILT FOR?
May
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: WHO IS IT BUILT FOR?

Join us in the parlor for a conversation about architecture, identity, culture & politics in Detroit with special guests Kimberly Dowdell of People Oriented Designz (PODz) and Steven Lewis of City of Detroit Planning & Development.

  • Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, LEED BD+C, SEED, NCARB, NOMA is Principal of People Oriented Designz (PODz), a start-up design firm focused on building community and designing places that bring value to neighborhoods of all socio-economic status. A graduate of Cornell University (B.Arch) and Harvard University (MPA), Dowdell was a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. A native of Detroit, Dowdell grew up with an ambition to revitalize cities using real estate development and sustainable design as tools for renewal. She has worked as a licensed architect and real estate project manager in New York City, Washington D.C. and Detroit.
  • R. Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMAC, LEED AP is an architect and advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture, currently serving as the Urban Design Director for the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department under Director Maurice Cox. Prior to Detroit, he served with the U.S. GSA Office of the Chief Architect in Washington, D.C.; was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; President of the National Organization of Minority Architects; and a founding partner of RAW International in L.A.. Steven recently launched a consulting practice to further assist clients using architecture & design to effect positive change to our world.

Please note our new address: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit

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CITY LOBBY: YOU'RE WELCOME HERE
May
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

CITY LOBBY: YOU'RE WELCOME HERE

Join us for City Lobby, our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we're talking about ways we can make Philly an even more welcoming city. Mayor Kenney has been a strong advocate for sanctuary cities -- are those protections at risk? How can Philly be even more inclusive of immigrants & refugees, natives & newcomers? With special guests:

Our new home: Pipeline Philly, 30 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: EQUITY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Apr
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: EQUITY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Leslie Smith of Epicenter Memphis is back in Detroit for a quick visit! So let's have a cross-city conversation about equity & entrepreneurship. How are we doing to expand opportunity for women and minority-owned businesses? Where is there room for improvement? With special guests:

Join us at our new location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson & Chase L. Cantrell
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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CULTURAL EXCHANGE: MEMPHIS & DETROIT
Apr
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

CULTURAL EXCHANGE: MEMPHIS & DETROIT

Join us in the parlor with visiting guests from the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators for a cross-city conversation between Memphis & Detroit.

  • Lauren Kennedy is Executive Director of the Urban Art Commission, an independent organization committed to excellence in developing public art and urban design in Memphis and beyond. 
  • Steven McMahon is the Associate Artistic Director for Ballet Memphis, described by the Ford Foundation as a “national treasure" and known for producing more original work than most companies its size.
  • Melvin Henley is a Detroit Revitalization Fellow and Program Manager at Detroit Creative Corridor Center, the city's creative industries advocacy organization working to establish Detroit as a recognized global center for design, creativity and innovation.

Please note our new address: 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson & Chase Cantrell
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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PARLOR TALK: CYCLING IN DETROIT
Apr
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: CYCLING IN DETROIT

Join us in the parlor for a conversation about cycling in the city. Is cycling for everyone? What are the barriers to entry? Does infrastructure matter? What is Detroit cycling culture? How do I participate? With special guests:

Please note our new location: 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

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PARLOR TALK: SALVADOR SALORT-PONS
Apr
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: SALVADOR SALORT-PONS

Join us in the parlor with Salvador Salort-Pons, director, president & CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Salort-Pons succeeded Graham W. J. Beal on October 2015, after serving in the DIA's curatorial division. He strongly believes the DIA is poised to move forward in engaging the museum’s local and regional communities as well as advancing its international profile, and is committed to making the DIA’s extraordinary art collection relevant to broad and diverse audiences. He envisions the DIA as a place for scholarly research, a leader in learning and interpretation, and the main square of the community where all will be welcomed, represented and united. A native of Madrid, he holds a master’s in geography and history (University of Madrid), a master’s in business administration (Cox School of Business, SMU) and a doctorate in the history of art (University of Bologna).

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

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CITY LOBBY: HOW CAN WE AMPLIFY PHILLY?
Apr
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

CITY LOBBY: HOW CAN WE AMPLIFY PHILLY?

Following Philly's strong showing at SXSW, we're curious: What are other ways we can share the Philadelphia story across America and around the globe? Join us at Pipeline Philly for a conversation about Amplify Philly and future opportunities to take the show on the road. With special guests:

Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins. Thanks to support from Knight Foundation. Locals & travelers welcome.

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PARLOR TALK: EZEKIAL HARRIS & ORLANDO BAILEY
Apr
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: EZEKIAL HARRIS & ORLANDO BAILEY

Join us in the parlor for a conversation about community development with Ezekial Harris, Orlando Bailey & Chase Cantrell. Is it time to let new leaders have a seat at the table? And how do we provide equitable opportunities for engagement and influence without becoming exclusive or disparaging to other groups?

With special guests:

  • Ezekiel Harris, Executive Director for MACC Development, is among the youngest EDs in Detroit and a recently-recognized Knight Cities Champion Fellow. As MACC Development’sExecutive Director, Ezekiel leads both organizationally and in a personal capacity; leading the renovation of the 12,000 sq. ft. MACC Building, implementing the Mack Avenue Corridor Plan, tutors at MACC Lit, and coaches with MACC Sports. Ezekiel also serves on the Board of Directors for Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Lower East Action Plan (LEAP). He and his wife Ashly are proud residents of the 48214's Pingree Park community.
  • Orlando Bailey is the Manager of Business & Resident Development for the Eastside Community Network (ECN) formally the Warren/Conner Development Coalition on Detroit's Eastside. Orlando was also a part of the very first cohort of the Knight Emerging Leader Fellowship leading the Creating Our Destination Environment on Mack Avenue Project also known as C.O.D.E. Orlando is a native Detroiter who grew up just down the road from where he works. 

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

 

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CITIZEN JANE: FILM SCREENING
Apr
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

CITIZEN JANE: FILM SCREENING

Recommended Event: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

In 1960, Jane Jacobs’ book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist involved in many fights in mid-century New York to stop so-called master builder Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. Citizen Jane retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. The film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions – a voice who remains influential to this day, including in Detroit, where her strategies have been mined in recent years for some of the city's highest-profile redevelopment projects. Michigan premiere. (92 minutes)

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FILM PREMIERE: CHANGE & THE CITY
Mar
31
5:00pm 5:00pm

FILM PREMIERE: CHANGE & THE CITY

Join us at the 4th Annual Freep Film Festival for the debut of Change & The City, our documentary short series produced by the Urban Consulate, featuring perspectives from Detroit, Philadelphia & New Orleans.

The Freep Film Festival is presented by the Detroit Free Press.

Thanks to support from Knight Foundation.

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PARLOR TALK: GARLIN GILCHRIST II
Mar
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: GARLIN GILCHRIST II

How can technology make Detroit more inclusive in its future?

Join us in the parlor with Garlin Gilchrist II, Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the City of Detroit. Garlin loves three things: his family, Detroit, and solving problems using technology. That’s why, after a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, technology entrepreneur, and political organizer with MoveOn.org and the Obama campaign, he returned home to Detroit with his wife Ellen and then-ten-month-old twins Garlin III & Emily Grace to become the City of Detroit’s Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology. Since taking that role in 2014, Gilchrist has made city services easier to use, city information easier to access and understand, and city departments work better together. At work and in his neighborhood, Garlin works hard to make Detroit a city that works for everyone.

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

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PARLOR TALK: CHRIS UHL
Mar
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: CHRIS UHL

How does a private company invest holistically in a 21st century city?

Join us in the parlor for a conversation with Chris Uhl, Vice President of Community Investments for Rock Ventures. Chris is responsible for identifying strategic investment opportunities that will drive high impact outcomes for Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans and communities where they invest. Prior to joining Rock Ventures in April 2016, Uhl spent four years as Vice President of Social Innovation at The Skillman Foundation, launched and served as Executive Director of the Detroit Children’s Fund, served on the board of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and has also been involved in a number of community projects including Hatch Detroit, Kiva Detroit, Cody High School Champions Council and the Green Garage Business Greenhouse.

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

 

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TACTICAL URBANISM GUIDE
Mar
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

TACTICAL URBANISM GUIDE

The 'tactical urbanism' movement is growing up. The DIY public space entrepreneurs and fixer-uppers of prior years have wised up in so many ways, and on March 22nd, you'll have a chance to hear from some of the movement's national and local leading voices. Join Urban Consulate and 5th Square for an evening of fresh ideas and insights on designing, crowdfunding, maintaining, and building political support for citizen-driven public space design and activism.

RSVP here: https://urbanconsulate.ticketleap.com/tacticalurbanism/

Thanks to support from Knight Foundation.

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PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING BLACK SPACE (PART 2)
Mar
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING BLACK SPACE (PART 2)

How can Detroit preserve the cultural integrity of its Black neighborhoods? Join us in our new parlor with Lauren Hood of Live6 Alliance and Chase Cantrell of Building Community Value for Part Deux of this conversation sparked by Lauren's article for Model D.

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

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