Dec 01

New Economy Initiative

MDI affiliate UCCA was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the New Economy Fund for the development of the Sugar Hill Arts District.  This initiative is a partnership between Garfield Real Estate Properties and MDI affiliate UCCA, which will result in the development of art studios, housing, parking, and commercial space in a two block area south of the Cultural Center.  A system of pedestrian walkways will be created to provide better access throughout the district. ### American Funds is one of the nation’s largest mutual fund families, with more than $1 trillion in assets under...

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2:01 PM

Tagged: Medical Center

Dec 10

Grant awarded for Detroit's greenways

The Kresge Foundation awarded $3.5-million to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to help expand and build three Detroit greenways. The planned Midtown Loop greenway was just one of the projects on the list for funding. The Midtown Loop will be a 2-mile greenway trail that will follow existing street patterns, specifically following Kirby Street, John R Street, Canfield Street, and Cass Avenue with Warren Avenue serving as the central connector. The Loop will be linked to greenway initiatives in surrounding areas, providing a key component of a larger greenway network linking...

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3:32 PM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Nov 30

UCCA receives funding from the Chrysler Foundation

MDI affiliate UCCA was recently awarded $25,000 from the Chrysler Foundation to help cover the production costs of the 2008 Detroit Festival of the Arts.  Celebrating its 22nd year, the Detroit Festival of the Arts was held this year amidst strong storms and high temperatures.  Due to the unexpected weather conditions, extra funding for the event was needed.  We are thankful to Frank Fountain, President of the Chrysler Foundation, and Brian Glowiak, Vice President & Secretary of the Chrysler Foundation, for their support. ### The Chrysler Foundation focuses its efforts on developing...

By Trent Design

3:29 PM

Tagged: Art Center

Dec 13

Hudson-Webber Foundation awards UCCA 2008-2009 grant

The Hudson-Webber Foundation awarded MDI affiliate UCCA a $300,000 grant for 2008-2009.  $100,000 was used in 2008 to support the maintenance and beautification program within Midtown.  The remainder of the grant will be used in 2009 to maintain MDI affilate UCCA's operating budget and advance our community activities.  Hudson-Webber Foundation works to improve the vitality and quality of life of the metropolitan Detroit community. ### The basic purpose of the Hudson Webber Foundation is to improve the vitality and quality of life of the metropolitan Detroit community. The Foundation...

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3:28 PM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Dec 17

UCCA receives operating support

A $50,000 two-year grant was awarded to the MDI affiliate UCCA from the Max & Marjorie Fisher Foundation to support operating costs.  Funding from the Fisher Foundation has allowed UCCA to continue operating many of our neighborhood programs, such as beautification & maintenance, development, and planning & economic development. ###The Max & Majorie Fisher Foundation believes that life’s purpose is found in service to others, in creating opportunities for those who lack them, empowering individuals in self sufficiency, providing life-saving resources for those without...

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3:26 PM

Tagged: Cass Park

Dec 20

Noel Night receives grant from DTE for LED holiday lighting

MDI affliate UCCA received $10,000 from DTE to support two LED holiday lighting displays at Noel Night.  A third location was added in 2009.  The two locations were Wayne State University's Old Main building the Sculpture Park on John R and the front entrance of the Detroit Institute of Arts.  The goal is to expand the LED lighting to one additional location each year, until the entire neighborhood is lit for this holiday event.  We would like to thank DTE for their support. ### DTE Energy Co. (NYSE: DTE) is a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of...

By Trent Design

4:25 PM

Tagged: Art Center, Wayne State

Nov 30

Midtown Public Space Maintenance

The Detroit Renaissance Public Space Fund provided a $250,000 grant that was earmarked to cover the cost for 2009 “Operation Clean” services, landscaping, graffiti removal, streetscape improvements, park maintenance, and other public space needs throughout Midtown. MDI affiliate UCCA would like to thank the Kresge Foundation and the Business Leaders for Michigan for their support of this program. ### The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields of...

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3:24 PM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

May 14

North Cass Community Garden

MDI affiliate UCCA created their first community garden in the North Cass neighborhood, made possible through the generous support of MGM Grand Detroit, the Kresge Foundation, First American Title, and the Colin Hubbell Fund.  This beautiful garden brought together over 75 gardeners, 12 restaurants, and resulted in hundreds of hours of volunteer effort for the neighborhood. ### MGM Grand Detroit is a premier hotel and entertainment destination in the city of Detroit. Website:  http://www.mgmgranddetroit.com/ ### The Kresge Foundation is a $2.8 billion private, national foundation that...

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3:23 PM

Tagged: Cass Park

Jul 16

Operating Support

MDI affiliate UCCA would like to thank Bank of America for the extraordinary operating support they provided for our 2009 budget year.  Their support allowed the organizaton to continue its focus on assisting area non-profits, housing developers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs in the Midtown District of Detroit. ### Bank of America’s community development initiatives brings the power of our human and financial capital to transform communities into vibrant, desirable places for people to live, work and raise families.  Website:  http://www.bankofamerica.com/index.cfm?page=about

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1:03 PM

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Nov 30

Green Alley Project

MDI affiliate UCCA partnered with the Green Garage and Motor City Brewing Works to develop a plan for the creation of Detroit’s first “Green Alley,” between Second Ave and Cass Ave.  The “Green Alley” will connect to the Midtown Loop, and incorporate storm water retention, native plants, historic pavers, and induction lighting.  Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2010. The organization would like to thank the funders of this project, which include the Kresge Foundation, the Americana Foundation, and the DTE Energy Foundation. ### The Kresge Foundation is a private, national...

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3:19 PM

Tagged: Cass Park

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