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IdeasCity Detroit
Public Conference

IdeasCity Detroit’s Public Conference took place April 30, 2016 from 11 AM – 7 PM and featured acclaimed speakers from the fields of art, architecture, policymaking, and urbanism including Rembert Browne, Theaster Gates, dream hampton, Walter Hood, and Amanda Williams, among others.

The conference took place at the Jam Handy, a former film studio for car commercials.


Founding support for IdeasCity
Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller

Global Social Engagement Partner of IdeasCity
LUMA Foundation

Major support for IdeasCity Detroit
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Additional support for IdeasCity Detroit
The Kresge Foundation
Ford Foundation
Lambent Foundation

Fellowship Support for IdeasCity Detroit
US Embassy, Athens

Special thanks to architectural partner
Ron Castellano from Studio Castellano
and the Detroit-based furniture company

Memorandum Of Understanding

It is the express objective of IdeasCity Detroit, an initiative of the New Museum, New York,
to honor and value the people of Detroit by retaining and utilizing both human and material resources that reflect the demographics of the City of Detroit.

The prioritization of small, minority or woman-owned businesses and services, as well those based in the communities of the IdeasCity Detroit studio laboratory, shall likewise be an objective of this collaboration between IdeasCity Detroit and IdeasCity Detroit Fellows.

In addition to this objective, IdeasCity Detroit is committed to inspiring community-created guidelines and projects for community benefit, and to creating a space to build respectful, meaningful, and lasting relationships that will foster creativity and connection among the Fellows, and in our respective cities worldwide.

IdeasCity  Detroit Team:
Joseph Grima, Vere van Gool, Isabella Nimmo