ARISE Detroit’s flagship event, its annual Neighborhoods Day, returns Aug. 5 this year with more than 150 events and beautification projects happening around the city. This will be the nonprofit’s 17th annual Neighborhoods Day, which began a year after the nonprofit was founded in 2006.   

Held on the first Saturday in August, the event brings together thousands of Detroit residents, community organizations and businesses to celebrate their neighborhoods, showcase local initiatives, and foster a sense of unity among the people that live, work and play there.   

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Neighborhoods Day events can vary from local clean-ups to block parties, art exhibits, health and wellness fairs, youth programs, live performances, food drives, and more. The Belle Isle Art Fair and the Sidewalk Festival will also return this year.  

ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith joins contributor Stephen Henderson to give viewers a preview of the event and discuss its mission. They also talk about the uniqueness of Neighborhoods Day and the overall goal of the yearly event.

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