This Week on One Detroit, Arts & Culture:

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation fundraises to support Hurricane Fiona relief in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico may be several thousand miles away from Michigan geographically, but its ties to Detroit’s Puerto Rican community remain strong. After Hurricane Fiona wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico in September, Southwest Detroit residents quickly came together at the weekly Fantazma Market, hosted by the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC), to raise funds for disaster relief.

One Detroit’s Chris Jordan took a visit to the Fantazma Market Salsa Bachata night for an inside look at the weekly market turned fundraiser for Puerto Rico. Jordan talks with Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation Social Entrepreneurship & Wealth Building Manager Anita Zavala about the devastation Hurricane Fiona left behind only two years after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017.

La Casita Cimarrón y Yuketi de Detroit Co-Director Raeul Echevarria talks about the importance of sending relief to the organizations and people in Puerto Rico making a difference. Plus, artists performing at the market share how their music is helping the fundraising efforts. 

The urban outdoors: Belle Isle Nature Center re-opens following $2.5 million renovation

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down a lot of places since it began, the Belle Isle Nature Center being one of them, but the nature center’s closure didn’t bring all bad outcomes. It allowed the nature center to complete a $2.5 million renovation that allowed staff to start envisioning a redesign for the public space. The center, which is now re-open, updated the facility to reflect the vibrant intersection between Detroit’s urban core and the natural ecosystem that lives within it.

One Detroit producer Daijah Moss takes a visit to the newly renovated nature center to talk with Director Amy Greene about some of the new renovations visitors will see, like the young learners’ space and the bee vision exhibit, as well as some of the staple exhibits that made their return.

Plus, Moss talks with Belle Isle Nature Center Education Specialist Sierra McWilliams about the variety of programs they offer for children and adults of all ages, and the importance of having a nature center that’s accessible to Detroiters.

Detroit artist Scott Hocking’s ‘Retrograde’ exhibit explores his 25 year-career as sculptor, photographer

Detroit-based artist Scott Hocking has been making art in the Motor City for quite some time— 25 years to be exact. As a child wandering near Detroit’s railroad tracks, Hocking was first inspired by the objects and buildings, “industrial trash” as he called it, he would find left behind. Now more than two decades later, Hocking’s exhibit “Retrograde” opens up at the David Klein Gallery Nov. 19 through Feb. 18, 2023 to provide viewers with a look back at the work he’s created. 

One Detroit Arts & Culture host Satori Shakoor sits down with Hocking at the David Klein Gallery to discuss his new exhibit and how it culminates around 25 years of work. They talk about the small cast bronze sculptures he’s created based on his 11-foot sculpture that was unveiled in front of Huntington Place in August.

Plus, Hocking shares how “Retrograde” works in tandem with a larger exhibit, titled “Detroit Stories,” showcasing his works at the Cranbrook Art Museum through March 19, 2023.

Singer Lolly Mariah performs original songs ‘Ankhle’ and ‘Peace Motive’

Neo-soul/R&B singer-songwriter Lolly Mariah takes the “Detroit Performs: Live from Marygrove” stage at the Marygrove Theatre to perform her two original songs “Ankhle” and “Peace Motive.”

Mariah, born Natalie Mariah Tolbert, blends sounds of jazz, soul and electric fusion into her music and takes inspiration from other R&B/Soul greats like Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and more.


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