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UDM’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center Presents “Light-Up Livernois” Event - 5/31-6/1

Business leaders and community stakeholders in Detroit’s Livernois Avenue community are joining together to celebrate local businesses and culture on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion with a new Pop-Up community space.

View local media coverage of the Livernois Community Storefront

The Livernois Community Storefront is a temporary community space that occupies a vacant storefront at 19410 Livernois Avenue. The location will serve as a welcome center for the Avenue of Fashion, Livernois Avenue’s business district, and will hold community events.

“Light-Up Livernois” will kickoff the community storefront with a festive weekend full of fun on Friday, May 31 and Saturday June 1, 2013. Friday evening will feature a fashion show of Livernois clothiers, music and art from the neighborhood. Saturday’s activities will include yoga, paint-your-own pottery, a fashion workshop, theatre and a parade down Livernois. Local artists and food vendors will participate on both days.

“There are gems all over the City of Detroit,” said Dan Pitera, Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center. “Livernois Avenue with its surrounding communities is one of them,” he added. “The Livernois Community Storefront represents a community-driven action and is not the end goal. It will connect and bring awareness to many of the assets within this Detroit gem."

Through its Impact Detroit initiative, and in partnership with Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's Revolve Detroit and Challenge Detroit, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture is spearheading the Livernois Community Storefront project on the Avenue of Fashion.

Tentative event itinerary:

Friday, May 31

  • 6 p.m. – Storefront open w/ music, art and Livernois businesses open late
  • 7 p.m. – Remarks from organizers and participants
  • 8 p.m. – Fashion Show
  • 10 p.m. – Close

Saturday, June 1

  • 10 a.m. – Yoga
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Livernois Community Parade, begins at Mike’s Fresh Market
  • 1-3 p.m. – Paint Your Own Pottery with We Are Clay/Art in Motion
  • 3 p.m. – DIY Fashion workshop
  • 5 p.m. – Theater Performance by Extra Mile Playwrights
  • 6 p.m. – Close

For more information on “Light-Up Livernois,” contact Ceara O’Leary, Project Manager, DCDC, at 313-993-1037 ( or visit the Livernois Community Storefront page at

Local Media Coverage

UDM DCDC Livernois Community StorefrontMay 31, 2013
Detroit Lion Ron Bartell plans new Kuzzo's restaurant as part of Livernois revitalization
Amy Haimerl/Crain's Detroit Business

... Bartell will be developing the other properties for retail or pop-ups, but that effort is further away. His first focus is Kuzzo's, on which he anticipates spending $500,000 between buying the property and build-out. He is seeking financing but is prepared to spend his own money. "It's always better to spend someone else's," he joked. Read More ...

March 21, 2013/WXYZ Channel 7
Virginia Stanard, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center's director of Urban Design at University of Detroit Mercy is interviewed by WXYZ-TV as she prepares the Livernois Community Storefront. The Storefront project will provide a hub for the growing Livernois Avenue corridor in Detroit.

UDM DCDC Livernois Community StorefrontMay 21, 2013
Publisher's notebook: The Avenue, a love story
Claire Nelson/Model D

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced UDM President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi has joined the organization’s board of directors, effective Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. He will also be joined by Andrea Dickson, Mary Kramer, Linda Orlans, Irvin Reid, Hubert Massey, Amy DeBrunner; Lillian Demas, Donald Ritzenhein, Jennifer Fischer and Thomas Guastello. Read More ...

UDM DCDC Livernois Community StorefrontMay 20, 2013
Livernois Avenue in the fast lane for $1.7 million face-lift
Amy Haimerl/Crain's Detroit Business

... Starting in June, the DEGC will be issuing a call for artists -- five with national reputations and five local talents -- to pair with students from University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College to create artworks that reflect the district's history. Read More ...

UDM DCDC Livernois Community StorefrontMay 20, 2013
$200K grant to give Detroit's former Avenue of Fashion a boost From The Detroit News
Michael Martinez/ The Detroit News

... REVOLVE Detroit will use the money to pair national designers and artists with university students — from nearby Marygrove College and the University of Detroit Mercy — local residents and entrepreneurs. Artists will create temporary and permanent art installations to hang in empty storefronts and public spaces. Read More ...

Release date: May 13, 2013

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