Last week we enjoyed learning about some of Detroit's staple destinations- Lafayette Coney Island and the Motown museum. Many of us enjoyed our first Coney Island experience and learned more about the music that has defined and uplifted this incredible city.
This week we enjoyed a variety of activities that included a group meal and reflection activity at Shangri-LA, a dinner with the Wade family and introduction to Mr. and Mrs. Wagoner, and a tour with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC). We all enjoyed experiencing local institutions and getting more familiar with some of the local families that enhance and contribute towards the revitalization of this incredible city. We would like to issue a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Wade for hosting our group!
During our tour of the DRFC, we learned that the DRFC is a nonprofit organization responsible for the establishment, improvement, operation, maintenance, security, programming and expansion of the Detroit RiverWalk and associated green spaces. Through its public/private partnerships, the DRFC has and will continue to support the development of the riverfront district and facilitate community access to the waterfront.
This week, several of our students attended Detroit SOUP. Detroit SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in Detroit. For a donation $5 attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about local projects happening in the community! We also had our weekly group meal at Buddy's pizza, a local staple that has been service traditional Detroit style pizza since 1946!
This week we attended a mixer at TechTown to get to know our local community partners and learn more about the exciting work going in in Detroit. We also had a guided tour of Ponyride, which is a catalyst for deploying social capital to a diverse group of artists, creative entrepreneurs and makers who are committed to working together to make communities in Detroit sustainable from their 28,000 square foot building in Corktown.
This week we began work with our partner sites! The students are learning more about their placements and starting to develop plans and goals for the summer. They are also adjusting to life in the apartments! This week they demonstrated some innovative cooking skills and had their first group meal at Pegasus in Greektown. For some students, it was their very first taste of Greek food!
It's been an exciting first few days in the program! We have been learning about this incredible city through a bus tour, scavenger hunt, and a trip to the Henry Ford Museum and Factory. We've also been preparing for our first day through a consulting workshop and group activity. Believe it or not, we were able to work together to make pretty stable towers out of spaghetti and tape!