This final event of the Riviere28 summer series will begin with a yoga session by Yoga Shelter Midtown on the beautiful Detroit River, followed by brunch and a fun-filled day of classic lawn games including: Bocci, Cornhole, Chess, Checkers, Washertoss & Backgammon.

RAIN DATE: August 19

10 -11 AM: YOGA provided by the Yoga Shelter
11 AM - 3 PM: The acclaimed DJ Dez Andres will be spinning

Also enjoy Food Trucks, Lawn Games, Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar

***Please note that this event is BYOB (bring your own beverages). We will, however, provide the mixers and ingredients for the Bloody Marys and Mimosas!!! Feel free to bring coolers, blankets, chairs, etc...

COST: $5 online registration / $10 at the door

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Parking will be marked and available on the grass of the park

Photographer Noah Stephens will capture special moments from the event!

College campuses are ripe with innovation, as students grow through education and experimentation in school. To help foster this innovation, many colleges and universities have opened business incubators, helping students and others in their community to help make their innovative dreams a reality. Whether they’re offering tricked-out labs or incredible funding opportunities, these incubators offer a great opportunity for students who are smart (and lucky!) enough to participate. Follow along as we explore 10 of the most exciting college business incubators around today, and be sure to share your own favorites in the comments.


In the Motor City, technology startups can turn to the super-cool Tech Town incubator, a program created by Wayne State University to reignite Detroit’s entrepreneurial culture. Founded in 2000, Tech Town boasts an incredible list of resources for tech-minded entrepreneurs, including work space, access to capital, educational workshops, and guidance with business development programs, coaching, and mentoring. Entrepreneurs working with Tech Town even get access to Wayne State’s significant research, academic, and technology assets. Although decidedly urban in nature, Tech Town boasts 12 blocks, 43 acres, and a rich history: the TechOne building was once the Chevy Creative Services building, and the Corvette was designed on the building’s third floor. With nearly 300 companies working under its roof, participants in the Tech Town program contribute to the growth and livelihood of Detroit and the Wayne State University community. Even established corporations can’t resist the attraction of Tech Town: the Henry Ford Health System relocated its genetics labs to Tech Town’s research space.

Click HERE to read the full article on Best Colleges Online! 

Route77 Travelogue, Part 9: 'Why I Love Detroit'



Day 33 
Of all the cities I visited on my trip, I was most excited to see Detroit. However, it would be too easy for this article to reinforce the status quo when it comes to talking about Detroit. Sure, I could write about Michigan Central Station which has come to serve as the de facto symbol of Detroit's landscape of abandoned buildings. (It really is a sight to behold, especially when you come across it in the dead of night like I did.) I could write about the plan to shut down streetlights or that whole Robocop / Kickstarter thing. Instead, I'm going to introduce you to some of the absolutely amazing people I met in Motor City, because the new definition of Detroit is based on the people not the city.

I stopped by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), housed in the College for Creative Studies, to understand the current context for design and designers in Detroit. The goal of DC3 is to spur economic development by "presenting assets that are uniquely Detroit," to advance Detroit creatives, and to leverage design to help solve the "deep challenges" of the city. In reality, this means the Center acts as one part business incubator, one part ambassador, and one part party planner. DC3 also happens to know everyone and everything involved in design in Detroit.

Back in 2006, Business Leaders for Michigan gathered to map the assets for Detroit and surrounding areas as a way of galvanizing the region. Creative talent was high on the list, but retaining and attracting that talent was a problem. Then 2008 hit. Although the atmosphere in the city "eventually stabilized," there are still physical and psychological barriers to developing the creative community in Detroit into a healthy and flourishing one. In order to take the first step in overcoming these challenges, Matt Clayson, Director of DC3, is asking the question, "What are the big deficiencies that prevent creative talent in Detroit from telling their stories?"

Perhaps the largest barrier is not actually in Detroit, but rather is how the media portrays Motor City as a post-apocalyptic wasteland that is a little too Escape From New York instead of Urbanized. Clayson recalled a story of how a group of politicians visiting from Algeria were scared stiff by their handlers by the time they arrived in Detroit. News stories on Detroit tend to originate from "someone who's never visited the city" or, if they have, perhaps the fact that the city is an "insider city" makes it difficult to penetrate the hard outer skin. For those who do live in the city, however, "two to three degrees of separation" creates more of a "shared experience," if not a survivor's culture.

And that's where programs like this September's Detroit Design Festival come in. "The Festival tells Detroit's story from Detroit's perspective," said Programs Manager Adrian Pittman. Designers, artists, technologists and the like can not only show off their work at the Festival but can also bring visitors into their studios and into a Detroit not yet fully visible to outsiders. Finding a balance between making Detroit "more consumable for outsiders," while maintaining that atmosphere of Where Everybody Knows Your Name, is tough, though. On the one hand, designers and artists can do their work purely informed by the city of Detroit with little "pressure from mainstream trends." On the other hand, DC3 knows that bringing "larger industry players" into the mix is crucial for transforming the city. "We don't want quick wins," said Associate Director Bethany Betzler. "We want things that will show results in the long run."

Click HERE to read the full story on Core77! 

Join the for a pre-election day Rally to Save the DIA!

  • Emceed by Spike from Mojo in the Morning (Channel 95.5) 
  • Entertainment by Urban Stringz Sign up and get involved to Save the DIA! 
  • Refreshments available for purchase at New Center Park. 


A community of local artists will distribute free art throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties on Friday, August 3 while also demonstrating their support for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on their front steps. The free art scavenger hunt organized by Free Art Friday Detroit (FAFDET) aims to raise awareness for the upcoming millage vote on August 7 which will help fund the DIA and provide free admission to Metro Detroiters. The scavenger hunt will kick off with an artists rally on the steps of the DIA at 10 a.m.

More than 30 pieces of art will be hidden in the neighborhoods and downtowns of the three counties as part of the event. Residents are invited to join the search on Free Art Friday Detroit’s Facebook page, where artists will post photo clues leading to the location of their art.

“As artists, we support the DIA 100 percent. Without museums to educate and inspire, we would not be the artists we are today. We want to preserve that possibility for future generations,” said Shawn McConnell, FAFDET artist. “I’m happy to do what I can to support an institution that has given me so much.”

Several pieces of art will be accompanied by a t-shirt emblazoned with the message “Art is for Everyone.” In keeping with this message and the potential for free admission to the DIA if the millage is passed, anyone who finds the art is free to take it home, though they are encouraged to post photos of the art in its new home on the group’s Facebook page.

“When we started Free Art Friday Detroit, we never imagined it being used like this. But our goal to celebrate art and support Detroit led us here,” said Skidmore Studio President & CEO Tim Smith, “As a design studio, we couldn’t hold back our support for the DIA.”

About Free
Art Friday Detroit Free Art Friday Detroit (FAFDET) is a free art scavenger hunt that was initiated in Detroit by Skidmore Studio in 2011. The mission of FAFDET is to promote creativity in the city, celebrate art in all its forms and encourage people to explore the great city of Detroit. The weekly public event is fueled by professional and amateur artists that donate their talents in support of this mission. For more information about FAFDET or to find clues to free art, visit

About the Millage Proposal
Voting for the proposed millage takes place August 7. The requested increase of 0.2 mils for 10 years and equates to approximately $15 per year for every $150,000 of a home’s fair market value. The increase is projected to raise $23 million annually.

About Skidmore Studio
Skidmore is a kick ass design studio based in Detroit’s historic Madison Theatre Building. A fun, fearless and fanatical group, Skidmore is dedicated to generating inspired ideas that translate to extraordinary results. Our team of designers, illustrators and strategists work best with those who appreciate design thinking and have a willingness to build their brand with bold strategy and design. To view samples of Skidmore's award-winning creative work, visit
In Detroit, Urban Flight in Reverse
Photograph by Theodor Barth/laif/Redux

In midtown, 95 percent of the 5,884 housing units are occupied, more are being built, and 26 new shops and restaurants have opened in the last two years, according to Midtown Detroit, an economic development organization. A Whole Foods Market (WFM) scheduled to open by 2013 is the first national chain grocery the city’s managed to attract in years. It’s not far from the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Library, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The result: safer streets. According to the Wayne State University Police Department, which shares patrols of the area with Detroit police, major crimes in midtown have dropped 38 percent from 2008 to 2011. That compares with a 16 percent drop for the city as a whole, FBI statistics show.

Businesses with offices downtown are trying to keep the renewal going. Nine large employers, including Detroit Medical Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware (CPWR), and Quicken Loans have pledged $2 million a year for four years to pay employees to move to midtown and downtown. Workers get $2,500 in their first year of renting and $1,000 if they stay for a second. Those who want to buy get a one-time payment of $20,000. (The median home price was $9,500 in June, according to the multiple listing service Realcomp.) Just under 400 people are participating in the program so far, according to Midtown Detroit.

Click HERE to read the full article on Bloomberg Businessweek!