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2016 Austin          2016 Detroit          2015 ArtPrize          2015 Austin

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Michigan House – Detroit gets to invite, to celebrate, and to lead while the world looks on. The House will be a substantial voice within the excitement of the North American International Auto Show. Telling stories, introducing ideas, and exploring the unique opportunities available to a city and a state where creativity and ingenuity have always walked hand in hand.

Over four days and nights during Industry Week, Michigan House will buzz with the diverse energy that powers our state. We’ll hear from entrepreneurs and makers, designers and musicians, brewers and chefs, community leaders and business visionaries. We’ll talk about a Detroit that is on the tip of tongues all over the country, and we’ll discuss how coming together as a state might just be the key to our future. We’ll eat, we’ll drink, we’ll listen, we’ll dance – and at the end of it all we’ll have made something.

Relationships are built on shared experience. In partnership with Middle West, this January in Detroit we get to experience and build together.

All Photos by Sarah Nesbitt


Welcome to Detroit Opening Party



Detroit Food City Discussion

Detroit Food City Discussion featuring Devita Davison of the FoodLab Detroit, Chuck Nolan of Cutter’s Bar & Grill, Karima Sorel of Le Petit Zinc, Harry Kefalontis of Harry’s Detroit, and Michael Byrd of Floods Bar and Grille, The Block at Cass Park, and the The Garden Theater



ShopTalk Detroit

Featuring Sebastian Jackson & Rick Williams of The Social Club interviewing photographer Jeremy Deputat and co-founder of Street Dreams Magazine Stephen John Irby.

Michigan House Day 2



GR to Detroit Bus Experience with the Detroit Experience Factory

Detroit is full of innovation and inspriation and during this tour, our visitors from Grand Rapids and beyond saw how those themes are woven throughout the city. Taken inside Detroit’s most innovative projects and given the opportunity to meet the doers that are inspiring people near and far.



Connect the Dots – 5×5 Statewide Pitch Competition Sponsored by Meijer

5 creators presented their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money. 5 Ideas, 5 Minutes, 5 Judges, and $5000. The community voted on the ideas that were presented at the event. The selected presenters explained a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and met people who can help.

Michigan House Day 3



DC3 presents a conversation with Charles Leadbeater & Carol Coletta

Charles Leadbeater and Knight Foundation Vice President for Community and National Initiatives Carol Coletta joined together for a conversation about efficiency and empathy as keys to city success.



Lawyers for a Creative Economy Cocktail Reception Hosted by Creative Many Michigan & Varnum

Over the past three years, Creative Many’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy initiative has helped countless artists through pro/low bono referrals, networking opportunities, and informative legal conversations, all made possible by volunteer attorneys. As this program continues to grow, we want to thank those who have contributed to our early success, and invite those who are interested to come learn about how to get involved.



Failure Lab

Detroit is a raw and intimate evening showcasing personal stories of failure.

With a refreshing vibe of openness, Failure:Lab helps pave the way for change by crushing the isolation and stigma around failure. Failure:Lab empowers audience members to persevere by exploring the space between people who fail and quit, and those who get back up again.

Find Empowerment through stories of failure featuring Ralph Gilles of Fiat Chrysler, Sabrina Nelson of the DIA and CCS, Wesley Taylor of Emergence Media, Christian Birky of Lazlo, and entertainment provided by Steffanie Christi’an

Michigan House Day 4



A Hard Earned Dance Party featuring Complete VII + Cliff Skighwalker

Shutting down Michigan House-Detroit with Complete VII + Cliff Skighwalker and all sorts of Michigan Made surprises!


All Photos by Sarah Nesbitt

Our Partners
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