Some of you that read my blog know that I am one of the Board of Directors for Creative Many (formerly Artserve) whose mission is to to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan through research, advocacy, professional practice, funding and communications.
This is a big week for Detroit as it is the preview week for the North American International Auto Show. Perhaps one of the largest auto shows that takes place in North America – thousands of media professionals and industry experts converge to one location to check out the myriad of vehicles. What a perfect time to bring Michigan House to downtown Detroit and celebrate the creative industries.
Michigan House tells stories, shares ideas, creates collaborations all while showing the creativity our region has to offer. Michigan House is self-described as a “roving pop-up space which is a roving pop-up space where Michigan’s most dynamic companies, organizations, artists, and entrepreneurs tell their stories under one roof”. Sponsored by Creative Many, Middle West and Opportunity Detroit, each day/night features different events. It is truly amazing.
Last ngiht was the 5×5 Pitch competition. Five individuals, with five minutes, pitched their idea to help create collaboration and move the ball forward in Michigan. Last minute, I filled in as a judge and couldn’t have been more happier to help out. Having a chance to listen to five passionate pitches was outstanding. All demonstrated a genuine passion about what they felt would get people in Michigan to work together. The prize was $5,000 to the winning pitch, enough to help move the idea forward.
If you are in the Detroit area this week and want to see how creative Michigan is, you need to visit Michigan House. Click her to see the other events taking place.