Another Great Leap for IO
on Jun 14 in Uncategorized by firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join InsideOut Literary Arts as we celebrate our selection as a 2012 recipient of the 14th annual “Closing the Gap” award from New Detroit. The award honors individuals, organizations and companies whose work exemplifies New Detroit’s commitment to building bridges and extending cultural understanding across racial lines.
“Each of this year’s honorees has played a unique role toward that goal with years of effort and has demonstrated through their individual achievements what true commitment to change can achieve,”said Shirley R. Stancato, New Detroit President and CEO. IO Founder & Executive Director Dr. Terry Blackhawk will accept the award Tuesday, June 19th during a ceremony at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel Ballroom. Learn more about the award and IO’s selection by listening to a recent interview on WDET’s The Craig Fahle Show.
“This award supports my unwavering belief in our mission and in the spirit of our city’s youth,” says Blackhawk. ”When we encourage youth to “think broadly and create bravely” we give them the confidence to express who they truly are. These truths, the truths of their lives, overcome the gap of silence and suppression built up through centuries of injustice.”
IO joins esteemed company alongside past recipients such as the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Arab Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Other 2012 honorees include: Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, Chancellor of Wayne County Community District ( WCCCD) for the individual award; Bridgewater Interiors, LLC., for the corporate award.
New Detroit was formed after the 1967 uprising with a mission to help corporate and community forge stronger collaborations in addressing policies and issues that overcome racial division.
Photo: IO Founder Terry Blackhawk and New Detroit President and CEO Shirley Stancato attending IO’s 2012 Get Versed student arts showcase at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Photo Credit: Elayne Gross Photography