Supporter of the Month

Care to meet the generous people and businesses whom we’ve honored as 826michigan Supporters of the Month?

ThursdaySeptember 2016

detroit public library logoThe Detroit Public Library is an invaluable resource for the entire region, providing books, educational programs, and community events, to all who enter its doors. Of the twenty-two Branch locations across the city, 826michigan is privileged to have offered programs at five of them—Campbell, Franklin, Redford, Skillman, and the Main. This month, as we celebrate the start of a new school year and prepare for the release of OMNIBUS VIII to kick off the fall, we would like to highlight our ever-deepening partnership with the Redford Branch of the Detroit Public Library.

The current site of the Redford Branch itself is located on the former grounds of Detroit Receiving Hospital, (super cool factoid), and offers a variety of programs including computer classes, nutrition support, a Toastmaster’s group, and 826michigan Drop-in Writing for Wee-Bots.

inside of redford branch dplEach Detroit Public Library Branch is staffed with a fantastic team of librarians, and Emily Thomson of the Redford Branch is just as amazing as every librarian we’ve ever encountered. Following several years of well-attended and enthusiastically supported workshops at the Campbell Branch of DPL, and several summers worth of programming at the Skillman and Franklin branches, Emily has been 826michigan’s main point of contact and source of support to produce programs for a whole new group of students on the westside of the city.

No matter what we need—help spreading the word about our programs, ideas for what students redford branch wee-botsneed and want, the best books on robots and squirrels who mistake the moon for cheese—all we have to do is ask and the team at the Redford Branch is there to help.

Earlier this year, 826michigan hosted two eight-week sessions of Wee-Bots at the Redford Branch which yielded the hilarious volume, I Have Hidden a Treasure Somewhere I Cannot Remember. Can you imagine the adventure first-graders can take you on to find a treasure they can’t even remember? Hilarious is no overstatement in this case, friends.

In addition, the Redford Branch was delighted to partner with us to offer a spring Field Trip for students from the Detroit nonprofit Alternatives for Girls. Their chapbook, The Disappearing of the Purple Emoji: The Wonders of the Black Cave,takes readers on a roller coaster ride of all the feels, defeats, and victories, the unpredictable and still whimsical imaginations a group of teens can contain.

redford branch wee-botsOur team is especially grateful for the many ways our partnership with the Redford Branch of the DPL continues to grow, and we can’t wait to see what the new year has in store. Drop-in Writing begins in mere weeks for Redford Branch Wee-Bots—running from 6-7pm on Mondays beginning September 26 and ending December 5. If you’ve got a student between the ages of six and eight, bring them by for the fun; it’s a great way to see first-hand all that the Detroit Public Library’s Redford Branch has to offer.

Thank you for your partnership, DPL Redford Branch! You’re our September 2016 Supporter of the Month!


MondayAugust 2016

Inside 826michigan’s writing and tutoring lab on Liberty Street, The Lunch Room makes mouths and hearts water. It’s because the inviting eatery serves up a bountiful portion of community giving along with its delectable vegan fare. Last month, for five Saturday night dinner services in a row, restaurateurs Phillis Engelbert…

FridayJuly 2016

Stroh’s. For most, the name calls to mind the spectacular beer dynasty that was founded in Detroit in 1850 and operated for more than 100 years. For 826michigan though, it invokes thoughts of an artist and author who has decided to use her creative gifts to make a tangible impact…

FridayJune 2016

With great joy, we celebrate and acknowledge the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs! Their grant programs and awards to 826michigan have helped make our free writing and publishing programs possible for school-aged students in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)…

SundayMay 2016

  826michigan is able to offer free writing and tutoring programs to more than 3,200 students across Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit because of the tremendous generosity of individuals and the enthusiastic support of businesses throughout all three communities. Alley Bar is one such business. This year, Alley Bar has…

FridayApril 2016

Choosing only one Supporter of the Month–every single month–is super difficult in the best possible way. Every three weeks or so, 826michigan staff wrestle over which business or community champion to single out for their tremendous contribution to our students. You might imagine that we’ve amassed a huge circle of…

MondayFebruary 2016

The Ann Arbor District Library provides access to incredible resources and programs in Washtenaw County, and they just happen to be our neighbor, community partner, and friend. This month, we are delighted to recognize the outstanding work of the AADL and how their partnership with us has helped so many…

FridayFebruary 2016

It’s a balmy evening at the end of January in Detroit, Michigan—40 degrees at 6:00 pm. For locals, it’s a refreshing break from the Michigan mid-winter frost. One bold soul walks down the street in shorts and without a coat as children trickle into an old storefront to write stories….

TuesdayFebruary 2016

We are bursting with pride to be a 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit grant winner and honor the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their support of our students. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has been a tremendous partner in helping 826michigan complete our expansion…

WednesdayJanuary 2016

Art education and public engagement are the center of life in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This becomes apparent in the “living canvas” that is MOCAD’s ever-changing facade and the tremendous public programs led by museum staff, local artists, and teens from the Detroit community. The Museum of Contemporary…

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