1. Matt Cullen: U-M alum’s journey from Mosher-Jordan Hall to defining Detroit’s riverfront

    Through the Riverfront, Matt Cullen saw a way around the regionalism that had plagued Detroit, Wayne County and its neighbors. Born and raised in Detroit, Cullen knew how to unite people for a common cause: the city’s revitalization. 

  2. Cinema Detroit brings back inclusive theater experience, indie screenings

    “We are very proud of being able to create a space for the community to be welcomed on a day-to-day basis, but also to have their voices heard, whether that’s in local activists or community members having a Q&A and discussion, or just having more representative films. Representation really does matter.”
    ~ Tim Guthat

  3. Distinctly Detroit podcast: Michael Cheatham

    “I grew up in what I like to call the ‘front porch neighborhood,’ where people sat on their front porches and, as a result of that, not only did we have people who were looking out for us, we had people who are interested in our success.”
    ~ Michael Cheatham

  4. Ian Klipa and Jacob Saphier: 2021 City of Design Challenge finalists

    Stamps alumni Ian Klipa (BFA ​‘15) and Jacob Saphier (BFA and B.S.E.Mech ​‘16), founders of the Detroit design stu­dio Donut Shop, have earned a spot among the final six teams in the 2021 City of Design Chal­lenge in…

  5. Distinguished alumni award winner June Manning Thomas on crossing “terra incognita” to create a path for others

    By connecting spirituality and planning, June Manning Thomas says planners can transcend the profession’s limitations: “I’ve never expected that urban planning could solve deeply entrenched social problems that are embedded within bigger forces because urban planning is tied to bureaucracies that are dependent on what policies do or do not exist.” 

  6. Alums Meredith McLellan and Angela Fortino are making The District Detroit a reality

    The pair joined Olympia Development as part of a company growth spurt following its opening of Little Caesars Arena — the home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings — and plans to develop the surrounding area as The District Detroit.

  7. Historic King Solomon Baptist Church: responding to a community in crisis

    As a new pastor Charles Williams III made sure to connect Historic King Solomon Baptist Church to its social service roots. He established a food pantry at the church, clothing giveaways, Thanksgiving meals and youth mentoring services. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Michigan in March 2020, Williams was ready to do more.

  8. Giving music: Alum shares violin and life lessons

    “What I love about DYV is the focus on simultaneously cultivating beautiful humanity and musicianship in each child. Their individual personal development is just as important to Clara as their music education.”
    ~ Monifa Lindo, mother of Detroit Youth Volume student

  9. Detroit Kids Matter: Two educators establish organization to support Detroit youth

    An important aspect of their mission is to continue building meaningful partnerships with businesses and organizations in the Detroit area that support and advance Detroit youth. Detroit Kids Matter is an online business with occasional pop-ups.