THANK YOU to everyone who came out to enjoy DLECTRICITY! We couldn’t have asked for a better festival — we had amazing artists, generous sponsors, accommodating venues, resourceful volunteers, and a respectful and appreciative audience. Thanks to you all!
Over the next few days, please share your memories and images of your experience. Just use #DLECTRICITY and #DL3Bike — we’ll share our photos after we get some sleep.
DLECTRICITY would not have been made possible with out the support of the DTE Energy Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Midtown Detroit, Inc., the Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the William Davidson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Quicken Loans, Zekelman Industries, Emily Camiener and Marc Schwartz, The Applebaum Family Compass Fund, the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, Shinola, Ford Motors Company Fund, Jennifer and Brian Hermelin, Krista Berman and Rick Mark, Lauren and Eric Bean, Clark Hill, Detroit Renewable Energy, VTC Insurance Group, WH Canon Company,Henry Ford Health System, Wayne State University, Bluewater, Hyphen Advisory, Michigan CAT, The Plaza Apartments, Giffels Webster, Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop, The Carr Center with The Yaffe Group, UMBC, SAHA Dernegi, filmpro, TechShop Detroit, All City Electrical Contractors, Inc., Benjamin Moore, Hand Painted Signs by Nate, Up North Finish Carpentry & Displays, Gasser Bush Associates, D MET, FOX 2 Detroit, WDET 101.9FM and Detroit Metro Times.
We are sad to report that Marianne Shapero Schwartz, the mother of DLECTRICITY chairman, Marc Schwartz, and former donor to DLECTRICITY, has passed away.
Marianne was a Detroit civic and Jewish community presence for more than half a century. She presided over all she did with unmatched elegance and grace. She will be greatly missed.
Marianne was a native Detroiter. Born Marianne Shapero, she attended Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods. She went on to attend Wellesley College and Barnard College, where she was an art history major. She married Alan in 1950. Marianne was a dedicated volunteer, philanthropist, and leader in numerous civic, cultural, and nonprofit organizations, working together in some endeavors with Alan and separately in others. Marianne was especially involved with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Great Lakes Chamber Music Society. No doubt inspired by her education and love of art, Marianne’s greatest involvement and most lasting legacy was at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she took on nearly every important volunteer role in a career spanning more than 65 years. She was active in all levels of museum affairs, developing the Docent Committee, serving as chair of the critical Collections Committee, serving on the DIA Board of Directors beginning in 1970 and as secretary and a member of the DIA’s Executive Committee for decades.
Marianne and Alan were recognized by the DIA with its Lifetime Service Award in 1977. A highlight of their commitment to the DIA was their gift to establish the Schwartz Galleries of Prints and Drawings in 1980.
Together, Marianne and Alan amassed one of the world’s great private collections of works on paper, from Rembrandt to Albrecht Dürer to Picasso, with a concentration in American prints. In a 2010 interview with the Detroit Free Press, Alan explained that it all started because of Marianne. The article stated that their collection is a connoisseur’s dream and the result of Marianne’s impeccable eye and collecting philosophy.
It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Marianne Shapero Schwartz may do so by making a contribution to:
Detroit Institute Of Arts
Detroit, MI 48202
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201-2444
A Charity of Your Choice
The Dlectricity Light Bike Parade returns to Midtown on Saturday September 23rd and is the official “Rolling Art Display” of the weekend event! It’s time to plan your bicycle light decorations and register to ride. There will be prizes for best decoration in the following categories:
There are many options for decorating your bike with lights for the Dlectricity Light Bike Parade. The simplest is purchasing already constructed battery powered lights then securely attach them to your ride. There will be a limited number of light decorations onsite the night of the parade to help enhance your bike.
If you are a “Do It Yourself” creative type, you can convert any holiday light string to battery power. Here is a link to an article on how to convert lights to battery power for bike decorations:
Have fun decorating your bike and see you on September 23rd!
Find additional information about the Dlectricity Light Bike Parade here:
It’s only fitting that a project at the intersection of technological creation and art will be presented at the Michigan Science Center, an institution whose mission is to inspire curious minds to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math.
Jennifer Steinkamp’s “Orbit” will be projected onto the facade. It highlights the cyclical nature of time through an animated, intricate digital projection of a tree.
Thank you so much to the Michigan Science Center for being an excellent partner on DLECTRICITY, and for everything you do to bring hands-on science and technology to the city of Detroit. And thanks to Jennifer and Brian Hermelin for their sponsorship of “Orbit”!