Pewabic Pottery recently received grants from the PNC Foundation, the CIGNA Foundation and the Junior League of Detroit totaling $13,500 to support its bedside art and youth education programs.

The PNC Foundation awarded Pewabic Pottery a grant of $10,000 to support a 12-week in-school program for low-to-moderate income pre-schoolers in Detroit, focusing on cognitive, social, emotional and psychomotor skill-building through ceramic arts lessons and activities. As part of its “Grow Up Great” initiative, the PNC Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that work to directly improve children's school readiness by providing support in one of the following key areas: social and emotional development, teacher training and arts and culture.

The CIGNA Foundation awarded Pewabic Pottery a grant of $2,500 to support its Bedside Art: Fun With Clay program. The CIGNA Foundation is committed to enhancing the health of individuals and families through the well-being of the communities in which they live and work, and does this in part through financial support of creative and responsive programs and services.

The Junior League of Detroit awarded Pewabic Pottery a grant of $1,000 to support its Bedside Art: Fun With Clay program. The Junior League of Detroit focuses on elevating the lives of children. They use, initiate and participate in community-based collaborative partnerships that work to broaden the educational, cultural, recreational, and health opportunities for children in the city of Detroit.

Pewabic Pottery’s inpatient Bedside Art program currently serves 600 pediatric patients, ages 7-18, annually at Detroit’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan. This year round bedside ceramic arts program is designed to promote wellness by providing creative activity as an outlet for expression, which is beneficial to hospitalized children. This program is unique in that it is the only hospital ceramic art program of its kind currently provided to inpatients in one of Michigan’s largest pediatric hospitals.

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts and cultural organization and National Historic Landmark dedicated to ceramic education and advancing contemporary ceramic arts while honoring Arts & Crafts ideals.

Pewabic Pottery is open to the public year round and offers classes, workshops, lectures and tours to children and adults. Pewabic continues to create tile for architectural and offers galleries that showcase more than 70 ceramic artists and a museum store for purchasing handmade items.

Visitors are welcome, free of charge, during regular business hours Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

To learn more about Pewabic Pottery call (313) 626-2000 or visit our website at

Pewabic Pottery can be found at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.
It was a hot summer for Hard Rock Cafe Detroit – in sales, that is.  Year-to-date sales at the cafe are up 9.2 percent, earning the restaurant Hard Rock’s “Top of the Rock” award.

“Only a small number of cafes are honored each year with the Top of the Rock award, so this is a proud moment for us,” said Peter Hanna, general manager at Hard Rock Cafe Detroit. “But the credit is really due to our customers, who support us and believe in the city. We love Detroit and see this as a sign of even better things to come.”

Hard Rock Cafe Detroit’s sales are up 13 percent over the prior year’s sales, and the cafe's guest satisfaction ranking is up as well.

The Top of the Rock award is given to 12 cafes each year based on financial performance, unique sales accomplishments and community contributions. For the honor, the Detroit cafe received a custom Gibson guitar to be displayed in the restaurant, featuring a hand-painted design and a chrome grill from the front of a car.

Part of Hard Rock Cafe Detroit’s success is due to its live music events. Most recently the restaurant hosted Atlanta singer-songwriter Sonia Leigh and Nashville country-rock duo Brasher/Bogue during a Kenny Chesney pre-party. This fall, the cafe plans to host the Detroit Lions post-game review show and will continue to set the stage for multiple local artists.

President Barack Obama will travel to Detroit on Sept. 5 to speak at the city's annual Labor Day festivities.

The White House says Obama will speak at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.

It will be Obama's second trip to Michigan in a month. Obama visited a battery plant in Holland, Mich., on Aug. 11.

Obama has touted his administration's work to rescue General Motors and Chrysler, which are both headquartered in the Detroit area.

Pick Mi Date 1 Year Anniversary Date at the Historic Cliff Bell’s
Friday, September 9 at 8:00 pm!!
  • The Winning Couple Will Receive a 3 Course Dinner and Two Round of Drinks from Cliff Bell’s New Menu (we’ve tried it and it’s delicious)!
  • After Dinner Entertainment Provided by Grupo Escobor, Detroit’s Very Own 11 Piece Cuban Band! 
  • Valet Parking is Available
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You walk by this space everyday. Maybe it's an alley, or a surface parking lot, or a shadowy nook under an overpass. You think to yourself how great it could be, filled with people and activity instead of sitting there looking all sad and sorry. It wouldn't take much, you figure, to turn this site into a really cool spot.

Architects and planners call these spaces the "missing teeth" in our urban fabric. As buildings are torn down for parking or empty lots, our streetscapes take on a gap-toothed appearance. Sometimes it's the smallest slivers of space that can make the difference between a vibrant, walkable neighborhood and a place that feels uninviting or unsafe.
“Mind the Gap” is a public ideas competition for Detroit Design Festival to generate creative new ideas for these in-between spaces in our city. Alleys, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks, storefronts, surface parking lots, vacant lots – any space that connects two places.

For the sake of this project, we're not looking for major in-fill development ideas. We're looking for small-scale interventions that could have a large impact. We're looking for simple ways to stitch Detroit's urban fabric back together.

For this exercise, we borrow the  motto of Detroit’s Green Garage: “Small is big.”

You need not be an architect or planner to enter this competition. All you need is the ability to describe a site and solution. Supporting images are encouraged, but not required.

Anyone can submit an idea online through the “Mind the Gap” website or in person at Bureau of Urban Living, 460 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201. Submissions are due Monday, September 12, 2011, 5:00 pm EST.

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury, and a $100 cash prize will be awarded to the best idea. A selection of ideas will be displayed and published during Detroit Design Festival (September 21-28, 2011) presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3).

“Mind the Gap” is organized by the lovely Claire Nelson of Bureau of Urban Living. For more information, email