28 June 2011
Concert of Colors logo

The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity music festival. Its goal is to bring together metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world. Over its 19-year history, the festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally.


This year's Concert of Colors...

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01 May 2011
Plowshares Theatre Company logo

The University of Michigan Detroit Center is offering a unique opportunity for high school students to immerse themselves into the world of the arts using theatre as a prism for their learning. In partnership with Plowshares Theatre Company, this six-week program features:


  • Workshops on playwriting, acting, directing, music, dance, design and arts management
  • Leadership training on how to be a arts and culture...
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21 March 2011
Addell Anderson in Detroit Center gallery

On March 16, 2011, the Detroit Free Press ran an article entitled, "Center lets University of Michigan celebrate Detroit ties", about the University of Michigan's connections to Detroit and how the Detroit Center facilitates most interactions between the city and the university. The article talks...

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11 March 2011
Person working on billboard scaffolding with night sky above

U-M graduate student Charlie Michaels’ thesis project – The Night Sky Billboard Project – runs until April 1. Above the intersection of Mack Ave. and Mt. Elliott St. on the east side of Detroit, a billboard that’s been sitting empty for decades displays an image of the night sky. Allowing those who pass underneath it to see the stars more clearly than are visible in the city, it offers a quiet reminder to notice what is always present but cannot...

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01 February 2011
Jon Onye Lockard with paintings behind

Curated by Gallery Director Stephen Schudlich, "Africentricity: The Art of Jon Onye Lockard" recently closed at the Work Detroit gallery in the University of Michigan Detroit Center. The Friday, February 11th opening featured a reception and a lecture by Professor Lockard, the famed artist, educator, and native Detroiter.

Born on Detroit’s eastside in 1932, Professor Lockard is a graduate of Eastern...

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19 January 2011
Children doing crafts at tables for MLK Day activities

As part of the 25th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, over 100 Detroit community residents (including nearly 50 children) attended activities in honor of this famed Civil Rights Pioneer at the University of Michigan Detroit Center on Monday, January 17.


The program included simulcast broadcasts from Ann Arbor of speeches by Civil Rights Activist Shirley Sherrod and Duke University Professor Dr. Sherman James; showings of two episodes from the acclaimed “...

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06 January 2011
Trains of Thought exhibit

Curated by Gallery Director Stephen Schudlich, the show – Trains of Thought -continues the 2010-2011 exhibition season at Work Detroit in the University of Michigan Detroit Center.


The exhibition features a sharing of creative work that speaks to the topic of trains as a concept, as a symbol and/or as a system of sustainable transportation. This show will run concurrently with a similarly focused exhibition at Work Ann Arbor generated by students of University of...

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06 December 2010
Music student playing cello

Five students from University of Michigan School of Music performed for over 100 senior citizens on Thursday, December 9 at the University of Michigan Detroit Center. The artists are participants in the Outreach in the Performing Arts program that organizes performances by student musicians at regional schools, hospitals, and retirement centers. Professor Louis Nagel serves as the faculty advisor.


Among the performers were vocalist Ashley Mulcahy, cellist Alan Tilley,...

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06 November 2010
Phonz Williams

Phonz Williams, staff writer for the ABC crime drama, Detroit 1-8-7, returned to his hometown as a featured speaker for the panel, "Detroit in Prime Time: The Significance of Detroit 187" on Thursday, November 4 at the University of Michigan Detroit Center. Nearly 200 audience members attended the event that included a reception for Mr. Williams and other program participants.



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12 September 2010
Student building architectural model

Studio:DETROIT-HS is an integrated architectural exploration education program designed for highly motivated high school students who have been traditionally under-represented in the field of architecture. It is a unique opportunity for interested Detroit area high school juniors and seniors to learn about and explore the possibilities of a career as an architect as well as be matched early in their exploration to mentors in the field. The curriculum takes a practical, hands-on approach to...

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