DBusiness Daily Update: ‘SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound’ to Debut Downtown May 24 and More

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“SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound,” a kinetic art installation, will be available to view May 24-July 28 at 1001 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. // Images courtesy of WHITEvoid/Ralph Larmann

‘SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound’ to Debut Downtown May 24

Bedrock’s Decked Out Detroit and Library Street Collective will present “SKALAR: Reflections on Light and Sound,” a kinetic art installation May 24-July 28 at 1001 Woodward Ave. Guests will experience a 30-minute intricate interplay of light and sound based on the vision of light artist Christopher Bauder and musician Kangding Ray.

SKALAR is designed to be a collective, yet highly individual, emotional journey facilitated by a mesmerizing choreography of mirrors, light, and sound. The audio-visual narrative of radiant light vector drawings by Bauder and Ray are projected within a pitch-dark space, where viewers are invited to explore a spectrum of emotions — from exhilaration to introspection.

“SKALAR aims to illuminate the abstract nature of human emotions and our perception of reality. It reminds us that our experiences, though internal, are no less real,” says Bauder.

This installation, made possible by Bedrock, Library Street Collective, WHITEvoid, and Kinetic Lights, is the debut of SKALAR in the United States, and an homage to Detroit’s history with techno music.

“Through the fusion of light and sound, SKALAR seeks to evoke pure synesthesia, blurring the boundaries between sensory experiences,” says Ray.

Admission is free but reservations are highly encouraged.

Hours: are Wednesday through Friday, 1-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Memorial Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Juneteenth, 1-9 p.m.; Fourth of July, closed.

For more information on SKALAR, click here.

Southern California Jewelry Brand gorjana to Open at Somerset Collection June 12

Fast-growing California-based jewelry brand gorjana announced the continuation of its national retail expansion with the opening of its first store in Michigan, at the Somerset Collection in Troy.

The 900-square-foot store will be located on Somerset Collection North, level one, and will open its doors on June 12. Somerset Collection shoppers soon will be able to shop the nationally recognized brand’s designs, including gold jewelry featuring diamonds, opals, sapphires, and more.

“As we continue joining communities across the Midwest, the suburban city of Troy felt like the perfect choice for our next location” says Gorjana Reidel, co-founder of gorjana. “Known for its liveliness and rich culture, we could not be more excited to plant our Laguna Beach roots in Michigan just in time for summer.”

For more information on gorjana and its Somerset store, visit gorjana.com.

Pontiac’s McLaren Oakland Awarded Federal Grant to Add 3-D Mammography Unit

McLaren Oakland in Pontiac has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant to aid the expansion of its women’s health services through the purchase of a 3-D mammography unit.

Providing images of greater clarity, the advanced technology of 3-D tomosynthesis mammography allows McLaren Oakland diagnostic radiologist to more accurately detect breast cancer in its earliest stages for women served through its hospital imaging department.

Federal funds were made available through the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The advantages of 3-D mammography allow radiologists to view breast tissue in 1mm slices, a benefit for patients as both a regular screening and diagnostic exam, as well as women with dense breast tissue. Though common, dense breast tissue has the potential to hide tumors, allowing them to potentially grow and become more advanced.

McLaren Oakland Diagnostic Imaging is located within its main hospital campus in downtown Pontiac. Patients can make an appointment with a McLaren Oakland primary care provider to obtain a referral for a screening mammogram by visiting here.

Learn more about all services provided at McLaren Oakland at mclaren.org/oakland.

Great Lakes Women’s Business Council Named SBA’s Top National Women’s Business Center

The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council in Livonia was named a Women’s Business Center of Excellence by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The ceremony took place in Washington, D.C. during National Small Business Week.

At the event, four Resource Partners were honored from across the nation. Director of Business Education Shawntay LaNesha Dixon represented the council and was lauded by the SBA for her work in development and with implementing business development programs.

Dixon wrapped up National Small Business Week by announcing the launch of a new initiative of the Council’s Women’s Business Center, that started a cohort this spring, called LaunchU. The program helps early stage entrepreneurs turn their visions into reality “by providing support to early- tage businesses, we’re not only nurturing their growth but also fostering a more inclusive and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem,” she says.

Detroit Pistons’ Motor City Rivals Partners with A Kid Again on Rocket League Tournament

Motor City Rivals, the official gaming community of the Detroit Pistons, announced that they will host a Rocket League Tournament on Friday, May 17, in partnership with A Kid Again, as the first charity tournament hosted by the platform.

The tournament, hosted on Rival, will give fans a chance to compete for a grand prize of $1,000 with the runner-up receiving Pistons Gaming Team merchandise. Fans can sign up at Motor City Rivals & A Kid Again Charity Rocket League Tournament | Rival X for a $10 registration fee and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Michigan chapter of A Kid Again, a charity dedicated to serving families that are raising children with life-threatening conditions. Non-participating fans can also donate directly to the charity.

“We are excited to partner with A Kid Again to host our first charity event on Motor City Rivals and make an immediate impact in our Michigan community,” says Mike Donnay, vice president of marketing operations for the Detroit Pistons. “Through this collaboration, we aim to extend our valuable partnership with an outstanding charity to help increase awareness for their efforts to foster hope, happiness and healing for children with life-threatening conditions.”

The Detroit Pistons and A Kid Again have previously partnered to host over 1,000 children and their family members for on-court experiences at Pistons games in 2022 and 2023. As special guests of the Pistons, select A Kid Again children were chosen to stand on court with both teams for the singing of the National Anthem, and an additional number of children and their families were selected to participate in the pregame Fan Tunnel and enjoyed exclusive in-game experiences.

The single-elimination Rocket League tournament will take place on Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. (EST). Entrants will play 1v1 matches with initial rounds operating in as best-of-three format and the final two rounds being best-of-five. Streaming is not required and contestants may play on any platform.

To join the Motor City Rivals gaming and streaming community, visit Motor City Rivals (@motorcityrivals) | Rival X. To learn more about the Michigan chapter of A Kid Again, visit https://akidagain.org/chapter/michigan/.

Motown Museum to Welcome Public to Rocket Plaza for Founder’s Day May 19

The Motown Museum (2648 W. Grand Blvd.) in Detroit is welcoming the community to its annual Founder’s Day celebration from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Community vendors, performances from Hitsville NEXT program participants, and appearances by special guests will be highlights of Founder’s Day, which is a Motown Museum tradition. Entertainment on the museum’s immersive Rocket Plaza will culminate the day of celebration and give the local Detroit community the opportunity to experience the Motown magic together.

Founder’s Day is free and open to the public, hosted by the Motown Museum in honor of Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum’s late founder who made commemorating the Motown legacy in Detroit a reality for the world.

The event will kick off the 2024 summer performance series on Rocket Plaza, which will be packed with captivating concerts and unique community gathering events that will make Rocket Plaza and Motown Museum the place to be for live music and outdoor entertainment in Detroit.

Two-for-one Motown Museum tours also will be available on Founder’s Day. Interested participants should plan to purchase Motown Museum tours through the box office on the day of the event.

Advancing Macomb Partners with Macomb County to Bolster Nonprofit Organizations

Advancing Macomb, a Mount Clemens-based 501(c)(3) that convenes resources to solve community challenges and enrich the lives of Macomb County residents, has partnered with Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED) to provide resource navigation and technical assistance for local nonprofit organizations in 2024. The partnership was approved as part of the county’s 2024 budget.

Through the agreement, Advancing Macomb will serve as a bridge, connecting charitable organizations in Macomb County with a wide range of local, regional, and statewide programs and services. These include opportunities such as available grant programs, volunteers, in-kind professional services, data, marketing, and planning services, all designed to enhance the capabilities of nonprofit organizations.

Advancing Macomb also will provide technical assistance to nonprofit organizations seeking greater expertise in grant funding, fundraising strategies, data collection, strategic planning, and volunteer management. All services will be delivered in a flexible manner, both virtually and in person, as needed, ensuring the organization’s needs are met. A series of skills workshops will provide a deeper dive into key topics such as grant writing, good governance, financial management for nonprofits and more.

The first skills workshop will be Basics of Grant Writing on June 4, from 6-8:30 p.m. at The CoLABorative at 21 N. Main St. in Mount Clemens. Registration is $10 and may be completed online at advancingmacomb.com.

In addition, Advancing Macomb will help connect private businesses interested in greater community engagement to opportunities with nonprofit organizations, helping to build stronger cross-sector collaborations and partnerships.

Macomb County nonprofit and business leaders who would like to learn more should visit advancingmacomb.com, email info@advancingmacomb.com, or call 586-651-0055.

Six Authors Visit Five Detroit Schools to Inspire Reading, Creativity, and Ambition

Six nationally acclaimed authors, including Kwame Alexander, The New York Times bestselling author of 39 books including one that inspired the Emmy Award-winning Disney+ series, “The Crossover,” and two with strong ties to Detroit, visited five Detroit schools May 1-3 to connect with more than 2,000 students in grades K-12 through local nonprofit Literacy for Kids’ spring Detroit authors program.

During presentations, Alexander, Katie Yamasaki, a Metro Detroit native; Desiree Cooper, a longtime Detroiter; Matt de la Peña, Kenneth Kraegel, and Derrick Barnes, each presented to and met with students in different grades tailored to their target readership, to discuss their books, illustrations, careers, and the value of reading, writing, and creative thinking. Schools visited included Golightly Education Center, Detroit Innovation Academy, Renaissance High School, The James & Grace Lee Boggs School, and Cornerstone: Jefferson Douglas Academy.

Through the support of sponsors, donors, and collaborators, Literacy for Kids provided an event-based program with curriculum-aligned presentations and interactive discussions that can be extended beyond the day of the event through lesson plans provided to teachers. In addition, each student received an autographed copy of the book written by the authors they met, made possible by Literacy for Kids.

Detroit Youth Make History in Abu Dhabi at First Autonomous Racing Championships

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) has launched its Mobility Industry Club in partnership with Code19 Racing, marking a “significant” stride toward integrating Detroit youth into the forefront of the global mobility industry.

This initiative was christened as nine Detroit youth on the BGCSM team joined the world’s first professional autonomous racing team, Code19 Racing, and participated in the Autonomous Racing Championships in Abu Dhabi. Competing against 18 teams from around the world, including college teams with advanced-level students, the Detroit team secured fifth place, one second behind the fastest team and leading the high school category.

“We’re proud to see our BGCSM Industry Club youth not only become history-makers in this industry, but to see them truly doing what they love to do, using their passion and expertise to position themselves for the future,” says Shawn H. Wilson, president and CEO of BGCSM. “Being the top high school team and narrowly missing out on the top overall positions against seasoned college teams speaks volumes about their capabilities and our program’s impact.”

The Mobility Industry Club in partnership with Code19 provides hands-on experience while creating leap-ahead opportunities in the mobility industry through the development of a youth-led racing program.

Code19 Racing is an AI and robotics company, competing in global autonomous racing competitions.  Founded by military veterans, Code19 Racing is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of autonomous racing and was selected to represent the United States in inaugural Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League (A2RL) event at Yas Marina Circuit this April. Code19 Racing not only competes at the highest levels of the sport but also serves as a platform for technological advancement, research, and development in autonomous vehicle systems.

Penske Corp. and the Detroit Grand Prix, longtime supporters of BGCSM, are key to the launch of the Mobility Industry Club. With its legacy in transportation and professional motorsports, Penske Corp. brings expertise and resources to the initiative. The program adds to the Penske organization’s efforts in developing diverse STEM talent in the Detroit area, including through its involvement in the Detroit Grand Prix, hosted annually on the streets of downtown Detroit (May 31-June 2).

Black Bottom Ventures, a Detroit-based strategy and venture capital firm, also was instrumental in bringing the partnership together as a Code19 Racing strategic investor.

The Mobility Industry Club program will continue to take place at BGCSM Headquarters located at Michigan Central, giving youth access to cutting-edge startups in tech and mobility.