Asia Hamilton grew up two miles away from where the Norwest Gallery of Art now stands. The gallery, housed within the Grand River Annex at 19556 Grand River Ave., was created to give Contemporary African and African American artists a platform to showcase their skills. “Détroit Noir: A Celebration of The Black Aesthetic” is the gallery’ first exhibition and features art from local artists such as Darryl Terrell, Desiree Kelly and Hamilton herself.
After nearly 65 years at the Community House in North Rosedale Park, that space holds a lot of memories for generations of Park Players.
One of Carollette Phillips’ favorite memories was of her first show with the group. In 2005, she was interviewing to be choreographer of the Park Players’ production of “The Wiz.” She also brought her best friend.
Being a part of Park Players was a fun thing for families and neighbors to do together, she says. She got the role of choreographer while he landed the part as the titular wizard.
Partners Chris Krupa, 30, and David Utley, 21, are living a life that some people their age can only dream of achieving. Millennials have been accused of everything from killing malls to killing napkins, but Krupa and Utley seem to have forgone the compulsory millennial indulgence of avocado toast in favor of getting the dream house with the dog and white picket fence.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
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