Detroit Love 2014 | July 19th-July 25th

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Detroit, in name, has many titles. The D. Motor City. Motown. Detroit Rock City. And of course, “The 313”, referencing our area code. In July 2014, the City of Detroit turns 313 years old. After executing a great Detroit birthday event in 2013, Forward Arts is leading 10 young professional/next generation organizations in celebrating Detroit across our city over 7 days. We are proud of our city, and Detroit Love will be a positive platform in which Detroit’s assets, communities, businesses, and organizations will be showcased.

Click on a day above to see what programming is happening. And don't miss our Detroit Love Official Birthday Celebration at Detroit Historical Museum, along with some great partners. Find more info for Thursday's event HERE.

Say 313.

About Detroit Love:
Detroit has LOVED to celebrate its birthday. According to Detroit historical website, “In 1893, it was called Cadillac Day, hosted by the Wayne County Historical Society. They held a parade from Grand Circus Park, rented a steamboat for 2000 people to party upon, and invited a bunch of people to talk about the old days and put into perspective just how far Detroit had come.” Some might even remember Stevie Wonder in Hart Plaza for Detroit’s 300th birthday in 2001!

Detroit’s 200th Birthday Celebration, in 1901.

Forward Arts wants to bring that spirit back every year, and started Detroit Love in 2013. Detroit Love always has three main objectives. First, celebrate our collective identity, and showcase Detroit that instills and builds civic pride for residents and region. Second, organize young professional organizations in the city, and collaborate around something once a year. And lastly, raise resources for a Detroit organization or project. In 2013 we raised money for the newly formed Belle Isle Conservancy. For 2014, resources will be going to the new Forward Arts Sound It Out music program. In 2015, we hope to turn Detroit Love into a City Ball where 50% of the proceeds go to Detroit Recreational Department and 50% of a chosen organization or program.


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