Join us for “A Night at the Art Park”

Join Detroit Summer at our old art park for food, drinks and catching up with Detroit Summer family old and new.

Come see a draft of the Detroit summer 20 year documentary and learn how you can help support us for our 20th anniversary and beyond by becoming a sustainer and donating a little $ on a regular basis

Join us this Saturday the 16 on the corner of Poplar and Lawton behind CFA’s farm, tell your friends and family

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Art Park Workday!

Detroit Summer is having a workday at the Art Park (Poplar and Lawton, across from Catherine Ferguson Academy) this Saturday, June 2, from 4-8pm. We’ll be planting flowers, fixing the cement sculptures/seating, and installing a mural or a few to get the park ready for our sustainer-fundraising dinner on June 16th, 6-10pm. More info on that coming soon! Come ready to get dirty, learn some Detroit Summer history, and hang out with the Detroit Summer family. Please rsvp to if you plan on coming to the workday this Sat. We’ll get you a sandwich 🙂

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Inked: Wrath of the T-shirt Party

Detroit Summer Proudly presents Inked Wrath of the T-shirt.

Come out to the Tangent Gallery May 20th for our second t-shirt party.

enjoy games, live silk screening, and refreshments. with special guests Invincible, Tunde Olaniran, and Passalacqua

and rock your Detroit love with our new Detroit Summer stamp T-shirt

come out Sunday the 20th 3pm-6pm tangent gallery 715 east Milwaukee

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help Detroit Summer and Detroit Future Youth get to AMC2012

Our goal this year is to get the Detroit Summer with the Detroit Future Youth to stay at the Wayne state dorms for the weekend of the 2012 Allied Media Conference this June.

the AMC a big part of our organizing every year. we show off our work, launch media projects, reunite with awesome people from our nation network, learn new skill and strategies for transforming our communities, and go to really great parties.

And being able to experience that is really import to us and would a major help for making the summer awesome. Help by donating by the link below and passing the word out.

Thank you

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Share your old DS footage with us

Do you have old photos, videos, fliers, etc. of Detroit Summer? Do you want to share them with the rest of the world? Email us your footage to and we’ll post it on our website.

Your footage will also help us better tell Detroit Summer’s story of evolution, successes, challenges, and lessons learned in our current film project. If your footage is too large to just attach to an email, you can send it via

If you also want to support the film project in a financial way, you can still donate on our support page  

As always, keep it cute! xoxo

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Support Detroit Summer’s 20th Anniversary Plans and Beyond!

Dear  Family, Friends, colleages, supporters

For 20 years Detroit Summer has been many different things to many people. You may remember participating in a mural project, a community garden, a bike repair shop, some community potlucks, some heavy conversations about the condition of Detroit and how we could all rebuild and re-spirit the city, from the ground up. All of those projects were and are Detroit Summer. At the heart of all these activities has been our commitment to growing a community of support for the imaginations and leadership of young people.

Though we may not look the like the same organization you were involved in before, we still have the same transformative and visionary approach.  These days we use digital media arts as a tool for our re-spiriting. In 2006 we launched the Live Arts Media Project, in which young people learn technical skills in various digital artforms as well as facilitative leadership and community research skills. Currently, LAMP youth are in the middle of 3 media-art campaigns addressing: environmental justice, transformative education, and positive images of youth — for youth, by youth — celebrating their Detroit identities.

This year Detroit Summer turns 20. We want to celebrate and honor two decades of evolution by reconnecting to our roots (you) while pumping new, fresh energy up through our branches (youth). We are producing a documentary to tell the story of Detroit Summer’s evolution, successes, challenges, and lessons learned.  We’re reaching out to you for support because we know you share our vision and commitment to transforming this city through the creative energies of youth.

Here are three simple things you can do to support our work!

  • Become a recurring donor to Detroit Summer.  Recurring donors keep the life-blood of Detroit Summer flowing! Even $10 a month is a huge help to us, making sure that we have gas money to pick people up for meetings, healthy snacks, and a stockpile of sticky notes.
  • Make a one-time donation to Detroit Summer.  Visit the support donations page on our website and select your donation amount.  Also check out our vast array of youth-produced art and media, which we offer to our donors as expressions of our gratitude.
  • Join the 10 x10 fundraising campaign!  Ask 10 of your friends/family to donate $10 each to Detroit Summer.  Take the opportunity to tell them how Detroit Summer has impacted your life and why you think our work is important for the future of the city.

Please visit to donate and choose the thank-you item you would like. Remember, all donations are tax-deductible and will also receive eternal appreciation from current the Detroit Summer crew 🙂


Ashley, Damoni, Ilana, Jenny, Jon, Juan, Keeya, Mariana, Marisol, Nina, Sterling, Zena

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Queens Museum Recap

a look back at our trip to new york and the work shop we lead at the Queens Museum
Vodpod videos no longer available.

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