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  • By Bill Seklar

SPRING into 2018 at The Community House

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow ~ Proverb

As we look out our treasured windows at The Community House – trees are budding, crocuses are blooming and birds are singing. A sure sign of new beginnings! Inside too, staff is putting on the final touches for an extraordinary array of TCH classes, community events and programs that kick-off in the spring and take place throughout the spring, summer and fall.


Birmingham Downs 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018 5-9 P.M. • The Community House

Hosted by The Community House’s President’s Advisory Council, this fun and festive Kentucky Derby event will take place in the main ballroom at The Community House and will include strolling dinner stations, beer, wine and cocktails, the running of the 144th Kentucky Derby featured on the big screen, a silent auction and a charitable contribution to the mission of our 95-year old non-profit serving the community. Grab your biggest derby hat and join us for Birmingham Downs. $50 per person in advance. For more information, please contact Jackie McIntosh, VP Philanthropy at

CultureTalks Series 2018

Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20 & 27 • The Community House

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND The Community House is delighted to announce the series return of CultureTalks 2018. This year, The Community House will play host to legendary leaders from the Museum of Contemporary Art - Detroit, The Eastern Market Corporation, Pewabic Pottery and the College for Creative Studies.

June 6th – 6:30 P.M.

Elysia Borowy-Reeder – Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Currently, Elysia Borowy-Reeder serves as the Executive Director of MOCAD. Her past experiences in contemporary art are wide ranging from expertise in art history, art and design education, and museum management. Recently, she served as the founding executive director of the CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Throughout her career, Borowy-Reeder had served on professional panels and advisory committees. She has held senior leadership positions at the North Carolina University State College of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Most recently, she was invited to serve on the Detroit Advisory Panel for the US Pavillion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Pavilion, curated by Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon. In a curatorial capacity, she has organized exhibitions at institutions as prominent and wide ranging as the Kolnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, General Store in Milwaukee, White Columns in New York, Locust Projects in Miami, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

June 13th – 6:30 P.M.

Dan Carmody – President, Eastern Market Corporation

Carmody has 22 years of economic development and urban planning experience, the last two of which were spent as president of the Downtown Improvement District of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and undertook graduate studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

June 20th – 6:30 P.M.

Steve McBride – Executive Director, Pewabic Pottery

Before his time with Pewabic, Steve McBride worked as Interlochen Center for the Arts' annual giving director. At Interlochen, McBride served as director of annual giving for four-and-a-half years, leading the annual fundraising efforts for both Interlochen and Interlochen Public Radio. Prior to that, he was regional marketing manager for the Northern Michigan Arts Center Interlochen for seven years and executive director at Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.

June 27th – 6:30 P.M.

Richard Rogers – President, College for Creative Studies

During his tenure as president of the College for Creative Studies (CCS), the college has more than doubled its enrollment and physical space, established seven new undergraduate departments, launched its first graduate programs, expanded to two campuses, and developed community outreach programs reaching 4,000 inner-city youth annually. Rogers is chairman and president of Creative Urban Education Inc., the governing board of Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, a charter school of art and design founded in 2009 and operated jointly by CCS and the Henry Ford Learning Institute. To purchase tickets ($15/pp) or for more information, please contact Meredith Maringo, Director of Programs and Enrichment at The Community House, at or call the Programs & Enrichment department at 248-594-6416. Sponsorship opportunities still available.

SAVE THE DATE - Birmingham House Tour 2018 - Thursday, September 13 • 9:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. This year’s 31st annual Birmingham House Tour presented by Hall & Hunter Realtors will feature a selection of spectacular private residential homes throughout Birmingham, showcasing a diversity of extraordinary architecture and interior design styles. Advance tickets are $40 per person and are $45 per person the day of. Advance reservations are recommended; tickets are limited, and the event will sell out. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available. For more information, please contact Kathie Ninneman, Senior Director, 248.594.6404.

William D. Seklar is President & CEO of The Community House in Birmingham.

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