Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, a Southwest Detroit community-based non-profit organization that makes a difference by creating life-changing opportunities for youth and their families, has organized a graffiti art show called, “Off the Wall” in an effort to send Southwest Detroit youth to summer camp. The event, which will take place between 5:00 pm and 12:00 am at Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (Corktown, 1211 Trumbull St., Detroit, MI 48216), will feature R&B and funk band Coko Buttafli, Southwest Detroit hip-hop artists (including youth performances), and Detroit-based Angel’s Catering.

Southwest Detroit youth face a number of unique challenges, including unemployment and underemployment, Detroit Public Schools closures, harsh immigration enforcement, gang involvement, and more. DHDC assists community members to recognize their own strengths and skills, so they can make life-changing choices that will transform their lives and community, despite these challenges. After their summer program, DHDC youth ages 11-19 spend less than a week at an overnight camp facility. For most of the youth, this will be the first time they venture outside of Southwest Detroit. Xiomara Torres, Youth Programs Director, gives them one assignment on this trip: be a kid.

“For the kids, time at camp is about spending time with friends, trusting adults, and enjoying activities such as swimming, horseback riding, hiking and fishing. Unfortunately, these simple things are hard to do in most cities, and especially difficult in Southwest Detroit,” says Torres.

DHDC alumni, graffiti artists who have graduated from DHDC programs, heard about funding cuts that traditionally fund the trip at summer’s close. Recognizing its importance, they came together and organized the “Off the Wall” fundraiser to ensure these students receive the same powerful experiences they did. All are welcome to enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and graffiti art to purchase.

$5 suggested donation at the door.


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