On Oct. 13, Council Board Member John Berry will showcase his design experience through a lecture at the Midland Center for the Arts. “More Stories on Good Design” will include discussion from Berry on the role of design in today’s economy, his experience working with Herman Miller, and how creative culture was key to the company’s great success. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Garden room and tickets are $8 general admission or $5 for museum members. Tickets can be purchased here.
Council Board Member Amy DeWys-VanHecke, was selected as a judge for the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program through Sun Life Financial. Judges will help Sun Life award more than $165,000 in grants and scholarships to Detroit youth and nonprofit organizations to reduce the achievement gap faced by low-income students. DeWys-VanHecke was one of seven prominent Detroit community and education leaders selected for this role.
The National Council of State Tourism Directors has named Michigan’s George Zimmermann the State Tourism Director of the Year for 2011. Zimmermann is the first Michigan tourism director to receive this recognition, and the only person to be honored twice – he was the State Tourism Director of the Year in 1997 while serving as Ohio’s director of tourism.
ArtPlace, a consortium consisting of foundations, corporations and federal agencies, has awarded three Detroit cultural organizations with $1.33 million to stimulate redevelopment along the Woodward Corridor. The funds are part of a pilot program to reward and encourage the successful use of art to jump-start economic development in struggling neighborhoods. Awards went to Midtown Detroit Inc., the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and Wayne State’s TechTown. More can be seen in the Detroit News.
David Schock was honored with a State History Award for his documentary titled STARbySTAR: Naomi Long Madgett, Poet and Publisher. Schock received the award at the 137th Annual Meeting and State History Conference, held Sept. 23-25 in Traverse City. The film reveals Madgett as a talented and determined woman who found her own voice through poetry. The documentary chronicles her journey, struggles and achievements. Schock received a major grant from the Michigan Humanities Council in order to help produce this documentary.
Also recognized at the State History Conference was another Council grantee, The Henry Ford Estate, which received a Special Programs and Event award for “Cultural Landscape Symposium 2010: Prairie Style Design Legacy in SE Michigan and Relevance Today.” The symposium focused on the historical significance, legacy and relevance of “Prairie Style” landscape design in southeast Michigan as illustrated in the works of O.C. Simonds and Jens Jensens, a leader in the Midwestern conservation movement.
Michigan cities are receiving national recognition in CNN Money and Forbes for providing a top-rate quality of life. Marquette and St. Joseph made CNN Money’s list of 25 Best Places to Retire, and Forbes has named Detroit the 6th happiest city in America for young professionals.
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