Detroit neighborhoods focus of Historical Museum show

The Detroit News

ARISE Detroit!, a coalition of over 400 community organizations working to improve Detroit neighborhoods, will get the spotlight in a new exhibition opening Saturday at the Detroit Historical Museum.

In the words of its founder, former Detroit News editor and columnist Luther Keith, ARISE is all about “promoting volunteerism, activism and positive media images of Detroit. Our whole goal is to get people excited about getting involved in improving life in city neighborhoods.”

ARISE will host a special public unveiling at the museum Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission, as always, is free. The show will run through June 18.

ARISE’s big annual events are its Neighborhoods Day and Neighborhood Summit, both aimed at bringing together people committed to urban uplift to network and collaborate. A big part of the group’s mission is to help connect volunteers with organizations that need them.

Sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, the museum exhibition will feature over 100 photos, video and audio displays, and a neighborhood “cityscape.”

The show’s message is meant to underline the remarkable energy and efforts of volunteers who’ve labored in Detroit neighborhoods over the years — a record of activism that belies the negative image one sometimes sees in the media.

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See the exhibit

Saturday-June 18

Detroit Historical Museum

5401 Woodward, Detroit

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Free admission

(313) 833-1805