Russ Bellant gets sworn in to the Detroit Library Commission

Russ Bellant gets sworn in to the Detroit Library Commission

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“Dear friends – I wish to thank all for the outpouring of supportive statements regarding my impending seating on the Commission. Remember, let me know of questions concerning the library, as well as positive feedback of programs and experiences that you want to see reinforced, continued or recognized.”

 

The Detroit Public Library is an independent, municipal corporation governed by a seven member Detroit Library Commission.
Members are appointed by the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education. The seventh member, the current president of the Board of Education, is an ex-officio member.
Commissioners: Franklin Jackson, President, Judge Edward M. Thomas – Vice-President, Jean-Vierre Adams – Secretary,
Victoria Inniss-Edwards, Russ Bellant, Cassandra Smith Gray, Dr. Iris Taylor – Ex-Officio

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Guide: Where the art is

Guide: Where the art is

Lesser-known public art and creative placemaking projects around Detroit

 

“Bliss Lane” Fighting Blight

“Bliss Lane” Fighting Blight

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Once the alleys of Bliss Street (Van Dyke to Kempa) were used for garbage pickup but when curbside pickup became routine, the alleys, through years of neglect became overgrown and blighted. Today, that blight has been removed through ongoing clean up and painting of art murals on the garages. Aptly, with this transformation, the alleys have now been renamed as: “Bliss Lane”.

Many thanks to: “the Residents”, S.A.Y. staff and volunteers which included Joel Osteen and his City of Hope Tour volunteers who not only cleaned Bliss Lane but also pitched in to paint the some of the garage murals. Others who aided “Bliss Lane” were: Restore NED, Ascension St. John Providence Health & Safety program, Nortown CDC, Mike Love (Art Coordinator), Annie Gough (Challenge Detroit), Artplace America Foundation, artist Joseph Hurd, LISC, and Black Family Development.

Vanderbilt University Students Assist with the “TOUGH” Clean Up

Vanderbilt University Students Assist with the “TOUGH” Clean Up

This Spring, as part of their Alternative Spring Break program, eleven (11) students from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee came to help us clean up sites in District 3.  Specifically, in Zone 7, they are pictured here cleaning up illegally dumped debris from the Dwyer/Gable alley between Iowa and E. Nevada.  They also helped clean up other sites along the Mt. Elliott corridor, including the Norris House which suffered an arson fire on Jul 3, 2016.  

Thank you, Vanderbilt students, we thank you for making a difference!!!