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Detroit Design Festival attracts new entrepreneurs


By Puakea Olaisha Anderson

Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Detroit Creative Corridor Center presented the Detroit’s Design Festive Kickoff party held at the Fisher Building Sept. 19. The celebration and exhibits continued through Sept. 23 at the 5e Gallery located on Michigan Avenue. The 5e Gallery was one of the eight parties Detroit Design Festival held throughout the city. 5e Gallery has creative style with art on every wall.

“Art is a great way to express yourself,” says Za’Niya Kelly, who attended the DDF at 5e. “It gives you a homey feeling.”

Entrepreneurs and artists were in attendance to show their support for the festival. The event was free and included open art workshops, DJs and food from local vendors. The Design Festival was developed to showcase the talents of Detroit’s creative communities. Dawn Trapp the owner of First Impressions, showcased her business. First Impressions is an event-planning service that has been operating for two years. First Impressions executes conferences, meeting and workshops. Trapp mentions the struggle to establish herself as an African American woman in this business.

“Coming to events like this, I get a chance to put my name and face out there,” Trapp said. Trinity Health is Trapp’s biggest client. Tawnya Clark of Detroit, owner of Batata (Spanish for sweet potato), vended for the first time at Detroit Design Festival. She prepared sweet potato waffles. “I love being involved, I love the creativity going on in Detroit,” she said. Clark is inspiring to acquire bigger commercial space in a kitchen so that she can produce on a production level.

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