Detroit’s Quicken Loans Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of Quicken Loans, announced Detroit Out Loud, a one-day festival celebrating Detroit. The event is free and open to the public and will take place July 20 at Detroit’s Rouge Park.
“Detroit Out Loud is a celebration of Detroit, its neighborhoods and, most importantly, the communities that make up this great city,” says Jasmin DeForrest, director of community sponsorships for the Quicken Loans Community Fund. “This free, one-day festival will feature a wide variety of activities centered around Detroit’s music, food, and culture. Detroit Out Loud is a chance for anyone, regardless of where they live, to represent their love for Detroit out loud and show what the city means to them.”
Pony rides from Buffalo Soldiers Detroit, archery from Elite Archery Academy, and camping at the Sierra Club’s Detroit Outdoors at Rouge Park – Detroit’s largest park and only active campground – will be available, as will food trucks and other food and drink options.
Local and nationally acclaimed performers will entertain, as will KC and DJ Dinero of 105.1 – The Bounce.
Detroit Out Loud will also be the site of the sixth and final mural in the Quicken Loans Community Fund’s third annual Small Business Murals Project. This partnership with 1xRun connects local artists and small business owners who collaborate to create six murals each year throughout Detroit.
“We are grateful to the Quicken Loans Community Fund for bringing this celebration of Detroit to Rouge Park,” says Sally Petrella, president of Friends of Rouge Park, an organization of stakeholders who advocate for and promote programming and future development of the park. “Detroit Out Loud will showcase Rouge Park to the rest of the city, and attendees will see why Detroit’s largest park is also one of its greatest and most historic.”
The fund will cap off the festival with a donation to the park to continue improvements, maintenance, and programming.
Quicken Loans Community Fund brings together businesses and nonprofit investments. Since 2010, the company has invested more than $200 million in the Detroit community through investments in housing stability, entrepreneurship, education and employment, and public space activation.
Rouge Park is a more-than 1,000-acre space located at 21860 Joy Rd.