Boulevard House announces grand opening
DETROIT — The grand opening of the Boulevard House, a partnership between People’s Community Services, The University of Michigan School of Social Work and El Museo del Norte, will take place June 2 from 12-5 p.m.
The Boulevard House, located at 412 W. Grand Blvd., is a community partnership that launched in the summer of 2012 as well as the new home for El Museo del Norte.
Inspired by the settlement houses established over a century ago in England and the United States, the purpose of the Boulevard House is to create a place-based residential space for campus-community collaborative work in the southwest Detroit neighborhoods of Hubbard-Richard and Hubbard Farms.
The open house will feature “We Will be Heard!,” an exhibit designed by El Museo del Norte task force members Elena Herrada, Maria Cotera, Aimee VonBokel and Mick Kennedy, with contributions from Lolita Hernandez, Mike Garcia, Elisa Gurule, Daniel Martinez, Tom Cervenak and Nora Chapa Mendoza.
The exhibit marks the beginning of El Museo del Norte’s multi-year residency at the Boulevard House.
“We Will be Heard!” celebrates long-standing community efforts to craft a space for the preservation and nurturance of Latino arts, culture and history in Michigan and the Midwest.
The exhibit will feature voices from the community as well as an interactive timeline documenting the past, present and future of the museum idea.
El Museo del Norte is a university/community collaboration in Southwest Detroit that seeks to create a cultural space in which the history — culture and communities of Latinos in Michigan and the Midwest — are documented.
Core partners of the Boulevard House include the Community Organization Learning Community, the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and People’s Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit.
Community partners include the local Southwest Detroit art, history and social advocacy groups: Museo del Norte Project, CLAVE, Fronteras Nortenas and the Mexican Patriotic Committee.
These groups include a number of faculty from University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University.