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    Detroit Sidewalk Festival puts a bright light on Brightmoor

    July 31, 2015, 9:59 a.m., Posted by Rosie Sharp

    Everyone is already buzzing with anticipation for the third annual Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, which takes place in Detroit’s vibrant Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhoods. An area devastated by the mass exodus from the city, Brightmoor has quietly transformed itself into a utopia of urban gardens, public green spaces and a community bound and determined to do better for itself, in the absence of much help from outside.

    Taken in that context, the Sidewalk Festival, which was awarded a $35,000 grant in the 2014 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, is a real triumph. It's also a whole lot of fun.

    “Sidewalk is unique among festivals in that no traditional stages are used,” said organizer Ryan Myers-Johnson, who noted that activities instead take place in “community gardens, alleys, courtyards, sidewalks and parking lots. [It’s] a true street festival in every sense of the word.”

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    Work by more than 80 artists on view at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center show

    July 31, 2015, 9:42 a.m., Posted by Chip Schwartz

    Representing more than 80 different artists working in photographic media, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center provides a multitude of perspectives and methods in its sixth annual Contemporary Photography Competition & Exhibition.

    This juried show contains some heavily edited images, documentary photographs, architectural examinations, portraiture, street photography and just about any subject one can think of, in both desaturated palettes and bright, vivid colors. Understandably, this assortment provides more than enough fodder for discussion or merely observation, and there is no shortage of interesting imagery in which to become immersed.

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    27 civic innovators to visit Copenhagen, Denmark, on Knight study tour

    July 31, 2015, 8 a.m., Posted by Benjamin de la Peña

    Photo: Leaders from Knight communities touring Copenhagen last year.

    Knight Foundation’s Community and National Initiatives Program returns to Copenhagen, Denmark, this September with civic innovators from 13 Knight communities. Knight grantee 8 80 Cities will take 27 civic innovators to “one of the happiest cities on earth” for five days. Tour participants will experience Copenhagen’s excellent bike and pedestrian infrastructure and learn how various city agencies, nonprofits and the private sector have worked together to cultivate the city’s robust public life.

    This year’s participants represent Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ga.; Detroit; Grand Forks, N.D.; Gulfport, Miss.; Lexington, Ky.; Long Beach and San Jose, Calif.; Macon, Ga.; and Miami, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, Fla. They represent local government, the private sector, nonprofits and local foundations. Invitees include:


    ·      Andy Davis, active transportation coordinator, The University of Akron

    ·      Jason Segedy, director, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study

    ·      Scott Scarborough, president, The University of Akron 


    ·      Jordan Moore, bike program manager, Sustain Charlotte

    ·      Tony Lathrop, chair, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission


    ·      Isaiah Hugley, city manager

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