On Monday, Detroit-based Marygrove College announced it crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform, Patronicity. The funds raised through this joint effort between Marygrove College, The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will support construction of the Charles McGee Community Commons, a greenspace planned for the Wyoming & McNichols corner of the Marygrove College campus.
“Local residents in the northwest corridor of the city know that Wyoming & McNichols is an important neighborhood crossroads for travelers by foot, bus, and car enroute to local schools, hospitals, and small businesses. Our intention is to provide the community with a public space that telegraphs the revitalizing spirit, vitality, and resilience of both the neighborhood and this important intersection.”
In addition to featuring a relief sculpture by Kresge Eminent Artist Charles McGee, who has had a studio across the street from Marygrove College’s campus for 50 years, the Commons will also feature a seating area and walkway with permeable paving, a healing garden with low-maintenance plants and drip irrigation, technology access, and low-voltage LED lighting and signage. The unveiling of the sculpture and the opening of this new green space is scheduled for September, 2016.
The design and construction of the Commons is part of “Connecting, Recognizing and Celebrating Neighborhood Creatives,” a larger civic-engagement made possible, in part, by a grant awarded to the college by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). Components of this project include:
- Surveying and mapping creatives in Northwest Detroit to enrich connections and collaborations
- Gathering Stories to preserve our neighborhood’s creative history
- Celebrating Neighborhood Creatives: a culminating festival of music, dance and storytelling with the installation of the sculpture scheduled for September 2016
If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $38,250 by its deadline of April 2, 2016, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.
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