The 18th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, a citywide celebration of community spirit and service, returns on Saturday, Aug. 3. This year’s event, themed “My Neighborhood Matters,” aims to amplify the voices and stories of Detroit residents. Residents are encouraged to participate by sharing stories of their neighborhoods through essays, photos, and videos, which will be showcased on the ARISE Detroit! website, YouTube channel, and local media. 

The day features over 100 community service projects spanning the city from downtown to Eight Mile Road. Events planned include blight removal, beautification projects, art exhibitions, music festivals, and educational resource fairs. The Belle Isle Art Fair returns for this year’s lineup, along with a new event, the MotorCity Arise Car and Bike Cruise. 


“Neighborhoods Day isn’t just about projects; it’s about people coming together to celebrate what makes their neighborhoods special. This year, with the ‘My Neighborhood Matters’ campaign, we want to spotlight the pride and achievements of Detroit residents,” ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith said in a press release.  

“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with Keith about what’s slated for this year’s event and the goal of the “My Neighborhood Matters” campaign.  

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