Detroit Experience Factory, which has taken more than 150,000 people on experiential tours of Detroit since its founding in 2006, will be closing and City Institute, from the same founder, will take up the work of experiential storytelling in the city.
City Institute is a team of data-driven storytellers and community connectors, led by DXF founder Jeanette Pierce, that provides a deeper understanding of Detroit and shares lessons learned with other communities through lively, engaging learning experiences.
“DXF will always be part of our DNA, but as Detroit has grown and evolved, so have we,” says Pierce. “City Institute will not only go deeper and provide more context than DXF but it will also expand beyond Detroit to help other cities tell their story.”
It will provide private virtual and in-person tours, learning journeys, city experience consulting, and speaking engagements that are thoughtfully researched, focusing on providing historical context and sharing community stories often missing from traditional textbooks or overlooked by most media outlets. These tours and experiences include conversations with residents, local entrepreneurs, and community leaders in neighborhoods around the city.
As part of the plans to introduce City Institute, Pierce has lined up the following:
On April 21, the City Institute will host a Detroit Innovation and Inspiration Learning Journey which includes guest speakers Regina Ann Campbell, Build Institute; Joe Rashid, E. Warren Development Corp.; Roula David, Spot Lite Detroit; Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Partnership; Lolita Haley, University Commons and Avenue of Fashion; and Kim Tandy, city of Detroit.
This immersive experience will help both longtime residents and newcomers understand how Detroit’s history shaped where we are today, connect with what’s happening now and be inspired to be a part of building an equitable and thriving Detroit.
Other upcoming City Institute tours aimed at informing civic engagement in Detroit and cities across the region include:
- Redlining Racism and Segregation Virtual Tour – Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m.
- Heart of the Art in Southwest led by artist Elton Monroy Duran – Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m.
- Detroit Music Tour with Detroit Sound Conservancy – Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m.
- Regional Cities Series with walking tours of Pontiac, Berkley, and Dearborn, the first tours of their kind – Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m.
“When more people are informed and engaged in shaping a place’s future, there is a much better chance of that city becoming an equitable and thriving place for all,” says Pierce.