‘AMERICAN RIAD’ IN DETROIT REJECTS ANTi-MUSLIM BIAS   

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‘AMERICAN RIAD’ IN DETROIT REJECTS ANTi-MUSLIM BIAS   

**MEDIA ALERT FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017**  

 A section of the American Riad, built at COUNTERCURRENT17 in Houston, which will travel to Detroit to become part of a permanent Arts and Community Hub in the North End

A section of the American Riad, built at COUNTERCURRENT17 in Houston, which will travel to Detroit to become part of a permanent Arts and Community Hub in the North End

“OLD WORLD” IDEAS SPARK VISION OF A NEW DETROIT; NORTH END RESIDENTS REJECT TRUMP ERA ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS WITH THE ‘AMERICAN RIAD’ ON OAKLAND AVE. 

DETROIT (June 13, 2017) – An international art collective joins elected officials, residents and neighborhood groups today celebrating the start of construction of a beautifully designed communal space – a Riad – between homes in the North End to address the community’s concerns about affordable housing, social isolation and gentrification.

Ghana Think Tank (GTT), known for its unconventional approach to negotiating social conflicts, is spearheading construction of the Riad to bring residents out of the isolation of their homes to create a cultural, financial and environmentally sustainable sense of community.

The idea, developed by GTT’s Moroccan partners, blends elements of Islamic and African culture to help solve America’s problems in an age of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bias. The goal is to create 8 units of affordable housing and 6 businesses to preserve the North End’s history as a Black creative corridor.

WHO: Members of the North End Woodward Community Organization, the Oakland Avenue Coalition, Central Detroit Christian CDC, Ghana Think Tank, and community residents.

WHAT: Event celebrating construction of the American Riad. Food cooked in the outdoor oven will be served. There also will be art workshops and music.

WHERE: 920 East Euclid Ave, at Oakland Ave, North End, Detroit

 WHEN: Tuesday June 13, 2017. 5pm-10pm

For more details and pictures, please go to http://www.AmericanRiad.org

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Syrian and Afghan Refugees solve diversity problems in Houston, TX

Ghana ThinkTank is so grateful to the Syrian and Afghan Refugees who came together at the Krnjaca refugee centre and Miskaliste daily centre in Serbia to serve as Think Tanks solving diversity problems from Houston, Texas!


And thanks so much to Gordana Gorka Ristic from the Serbian non-profit Generator for organizing this effort amidst incredibly difficult and heart-wrenching circumstances.


And, of course, to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts' Pia Agrawal and Karen Farber at CounterCurrent for supporting this project. We collected Houston Diversity problems at the 2016 CounterCurrent festival with the Border Cart, and will be implementing solutions from the Think Tanks at the 2017 Counter Current Festival in Houston April 18-23. 


Much, much more to look out for between now and then. Follow our Instagram for the most frequent updates.