Monday, November 19, 2012

Detroit Historical Museum Re-Opens To The Public Over Thanksgiving Weekend

All Photos are Jenna Belevender Photography

On the eve of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday the city of Detroit will celebrate another cultural milestone.  The Detroit Historical Museum will re-open it's doors to the public after a Six month long renovation.  

The re-opening festivities have been unfolding over the last several months and have included the outdoor "Legends Plaza Dedication Ceremony", a members and employee pre-view tour, and this past Saturday a Grand Re-Opening Gala.  Museum access is free to the public and will be open for 60 consecutive hours starting Friday November 23rd.  For more details see the DHS page link here.

I organized a photo shoot to capture the beauty, spirit and renewal of this historic institution with a vintage inspired theme.  Our model Jessica Brooke Williams is a young urban professional working in community arts for The Heidelberg project (Also included in The Gallery Of Culture Exhibition Space).  She definitely puts the MUSE in our MUSEum story.   All photos were taken by the vibrant and talented Jenna Belevender.   Our Make-up Artist is Rachel Monique Parker and the wardrobe styling is my work. 

I'm going to bet a good mix of people will visit the Detroit Historical Museum this upcoming holiday weekend and walk away proud of the many individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations that have worked together to make this happen.  I know I am, it's a great time to be living in Detroit.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Detroit Historical Museum Renovation Pre-view



Newly Renovated Detroit Historical Museum Pre-view: Photos by Alvita Lozano

The newly renovated Detroit Historical Museum is ready to open to the public Friday November 23rd.  A wonderful celebration of Detroit's history making people places and culture, stay tuned!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Heidelberg's "It's All About The "D" Graffiti Gala

FreeStyle In Detroit: Polyvore Set Inspired by The Heidelberg Project

Photo by: Elayne Gross

These days there are so many choices to take in art and culture in Detroit, but few will offer the   distinctly democratic home grown vision that The Heidelberg project does. 
I've been inspired by their unique counter cultural Socio-Political presence for many years and am thrilled to share the following news on their upcoming annual fundraiser 
It’s All About the “D”: Graffiti will take place from 6:00PM to 10:00PM on Thursday, November 15,  2012. The raw-gone-renovated Fine Arts Theater is set to re-open its doors at 2952 Woodward, welcoming guests with live graffiti demonstrations. Guests will also enjoy appetizers, dinner, and dessert provided by local favorites Slows BBQ, Zingermans, Vinsetta Garage, Avalon Bakery and others.  Music by Star Traxx and this year's desired attire, dubbed "Street-Wear Chic," are sure to combine for an evening of fun and friends, “Heidelberg style.
Ticket sales benefit the wide array of Art production, education, and community development programs offered by the HP, and prices range from $75 - $350.  For additional ticket information, please contact     Amanda Sansoterra at (313)974-6894 or visit for online ticket sales. 

I'll be sure to post photos and highlights, but hope to see many of you there!

P.S. - This was one of the most unique, well organized and diverse cultural events I've attended in Detroit.  It had the kind of vibe I've seen in New York, Chicago and LA so keep your ear to the ground for the next Heidelberg event peeps.