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Voter registration event at Irwin House Gallery

Jeff Cancelosi

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery in partnership with the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative (WGBC) will hold a voter awareness and registration event on the Irwin House Gallery grounds. The outdoor event will take place at the site of the JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE protest art garden which unveiled two weeks earlier and features banners painted by Detroit area artists and youth and addressing social concerns. Get Out the Vote 2020 is being presented to inform, invigorate and register West End Detroit residents, with a focus on the NW Goldberg, LaSalle Gardens, Virginia Park and Petoskey-Otsego neighborhoods, and disenfranchised members of society who may be eligible to vote.

The afternoon highlights speakers from the League of Women Voters (LWV), Call ‘Em Out and Make Us Whole Detroit, and invited guests from the City of Detroit, including CouncilMember Mary Sheffield. LWV will man a registration table, and noted speakers are expected to outline the importance of this year’s election, weigh the pros and cons of ballot issues (including Proposal N), address local concerns, inspire community activism, and answer questions. Set against the colorful backdrop of the JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE public art exhibit, the tone of the afternoon will be serious, but inclusive and celebratory, with a live DJ and give-aways.

Partners on the project, Irwin House Gallery and WGBC, are both women and minority-led operations committed to improving life for West End Detroit citizens (WEdetroit). With the election less than one-month away, and deadlines looming for absentee and on-line registration, the organizations are looking forward to safely bringing the neighborhood together to demystify the voting process, assist voters and potential voters with special needs, and help foster and overall spirit of community for all. This public art installation, and the VOTE event, are the first of many arts and civic collaborations designed to serve, invigorate, and strengthen the neighborhood.

The JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE exhibition, currently on view, enlivens The Boulevard with vibrant visual expressions created by local artists, thinkers, and youth including Angel Malaika, Errin Whitaker, Esé Alexis, Jack Rhea, Jeff Cancelosi, jessica Care moore, Kathy Rashid, Kianga Moore with Darian Smith, Jonathan Harris, Marta Carvajal, Michael Horner and young artists Darrion Stanton, DeVon Stanton, Donovan Espuet, King Thomas Moore, and Kingston Espuet. The exhibition now includes a welcome addition, secretly installed by multidisciplinary arts activist, Tawd B. Dorenfeld.

GET OUT THE VOTE 2020 is a free event, open to the public, and taking place on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 12-3 pm. Masks are strongly encouraged to attend and will be provided for anyone in need of one. The Irwin House Gallery is open limited hours and by appointment at this time.

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