Lemonade Day Detroit launched its third year by welcoming a famous local “lemonader” and announcing a new partnership with Detroit Public Schools.
Lemonade Day Detroit will take place June 8, and is already teaching local children how to start, own and operate a business through the simple and time-honored act of running a lemonade stand.
Mike Fezzey, president of Huntington's East Michigan Region and third-year presenting sponsor, announces that Joshua Smith, the 10-year-old Detroiter who ran a lemonade stand to raise money for his financially strapped city, is joining forces with Lemonade Day Detroit to share its message of entrepreneurship.
Fezzey added, “We’re also very excited to share our partnership with Detroit Public Schools. For the first time, DPS teachers are integrating the Lemonade Day program into their curriculum. Our goal in combining this program and our outreach is to empower 50,000 young entrepreneurs in 2013.”
Children pre-K to grade 12 can register for Lemonade Day backpacks, full of easy tips and suggestions that are age-appropriate for each group. Register online at detroit.lemonadeday.org, and pick up backpacks at locations listed on the website.
“Lemonade Day’s mission is to arm our youth with tools that help them see that they can do whatever they want, and be successful,” Fezzey said. “Lemonade Day walks children and caring adults through every step of setting up a business, and they are also learning life skills. Everyone needs to learn to balance a budget; who knew it could be fun?”
A key message of Lemonade Day, a national event that includes 260,000 kids in 39 cities, is for its young business owners to “spend a little, save a little and share a little,” donating a portion of their profits to a local charity of their choice.
“I want kids to know that you can make a difference, no matter how small you are,” Smith said, adding that he was able to raise and donate almost $4,000 to the City of Detroit. He plans to have another successful stand on June 8.
To register, or learn about ways that everyone can get involved in Lemonade Day Detroit June 8, visit detroit.lemonadeday.org.
For information about sponsorships, partnerships or donations, please contact Emily Paraskevin at 586.219.4014 or LemonadeDayDetroit@gmail.com.
On Friday, April 12, the innovative Red Bull House of Art kicks off its 2013 season with a gallery opening unveiling its latest batch of artists. The opening — hosted in historic Eastern Market from 7pm to 11pm at 1551 Winder Street and free to the public of all ages — is ringing in Red Bull House of Art’s one-year anniversary, which has offered residencies and unlimited artistic opportunities to 32 local artists since its launch.
The fourth cycle of artists is made up of eight metro-Detroit artists — Lisa Poszywak (oil paints), Tylonn J. Sawyer (oil paints), Kristin Adamcyzk (mixed media), Lindy Marie Shewbridge (oil paints), William Harris (oil paints), Kevin Skinner (mixed media), Greg Siemasz (oil paints) and Ellen Rutt (digital & physical collage).
With a heavy emphasis on oil paint as a medium, Red Bull House of Art curator Matt Eaton is looking to redefine the expectations placed upon the art form by pulling from a diverse range of artists, each with their own style and approach to their craft. While Kevin Skinner builds cosmetically stunning ‘budget rayguns’ out of found items, Tylonn J. Sawyer and William Harris look past the paint to share a richer, in-depth narrative. Lindy Marie Shewbridge uses her day-to-day human interactions to fuel her art whereas Greg Siemasz is removing the human element to draw on animal instincts and how we respond to the wild. Likewise, Kristin Adamzyck’s mixed media approach allows her to anatomically dissect the world around us without sacrificing story as Lisa Poszywak and Ellen Rutt celebrate the basic beauties that surround us every day.
Red Bull House of Art has been dedicated to growing and supporting the thriving art scene in Detroit, breaking down barriers for artists and revolutionizing the local art scene by doing so. By giving local artists the tools they need to create art in a curated space, Red Bull House of Art has created a space for artists to have the freedom to show and publicize their work on a national and global scale.
In addition to two more gallery openings in 2013, the house also participates in Eastern Market's "Third Thursday" — a citywide initiative that opens up galleries, workspaces and more to the public each month — as well as hosting guest lectures from influential artists including Tristan Eaton and Glenn Barr. The Red Bull House of Art has also launched artist workshops on Saturdays, inviting the public become more familiar with new and innovative styles in the modern art world.
The gallery opening will feature music by Brian Gillespie.
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Cocktails at the Conservatory is the Inaugural event for the Belle Isle Conservancy's Emerging Patrons Council. Explore the conservatory, and learn more about the Emerging Patrons’ plans for Belle Isle…all while giving back to the park.
Ticket includes: networking, refreshments, cocktails, and entertainment. Light appetizers provided by Hatch Detroit 2012 Winner La Feria. Tickets are limited and this event will sell out!
The conservatory is the nation’s oldest, and it is our goal to add contemporary flair to this classic landmark.
*Note* Cocktails at the Conservatory attendees can enjoy $20 off their first Uber.com ride with the code "BelleIsle." Valid through the end of May 2013.
The Emerging Patrons Council is an auxiliary group within the Belle Isle Conservancy that works to engage young professionals in the Conservancy’s mission to protect, preserve, restore and enhance Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever. Through the use of social media, organized events, recreation, and community engagement, the Council will provide exposure to the positive things happening on the island, and serve as an outlet to engage young professionals in the process of restoring it.