The North American International Auto Show (aka Detroit Auto Show) spotlighted Detroit as the epicenter of mobility last week for media, industry and even the president of United States. This week, the Public Show shines a light on the community, including Detroit’s future mobility leaders, entertainers, everyday Detroiters and even puppies.
Running through Sunday, September 25 at Huntington Place and Hart Plaza, the Detroit Auto Show is using its expanded exhibit campus to emphasize a community-centric approach.
“From showcasing local artisans to promoting expanded educational opportunities for local youth to providing a ‘showroom’ of vehicles for consumers to view, the auto is impacting and engaging with the community in a reimagined way,” said Detroit Auto Show President Joe Lunghamer.
Here is an overview of some events:
This week, a group of middle and high school students from Detroit-area schools are visiting the auto show as part of the event’s “Education Week.” Participants include STEM and STEAM-focused schools as well as robotics teams. The week also includes youth education initiatives such as the John Shippen Sports Business Summit scheduled for Friday, September 23 and Black Girl MATHgic and The Girls in Engineering Academy on Saturday, September 24.
Individuals still have time to enter to win a 2023 Corvette Z06 Cabriolet 70e Anniversary Edition, 2022 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye or 2022 Bronco Raptor (minimum donation prize rules apply) in the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Education Foundation contest. The competition supports young people looking for a career in the mobility industry. The winners will be announced at the auto show on Sunday, September 25. Tickets are available online at WinThisVette.com, WinThisHellcat.com and WinThisBroncoRaptor.com.
Maker Market at Hart Plaza
Hometown boutique vendors mix art with their passion for Detroit and Michigan as part of the auto show’s new “Maker Market” at Hart Plaza, Friday-Sunday, September 23-25. The “Maker Market” features eight artisans – including all from a cooperative of American veterans and Detroit residents who handcraft sustainable products using recycled leather and seat belts from the auto industry , to local artists who design 3D model car kits, to apparel manufacturers who offer Detroit-centric t-shirts and gear apparel. Pingree Detroit will be doing live sneaker manufacturing at its booth this weekend.
Hart Plaza Entertainment
Free entertainment is offered daily at Hart Plaza with a mix of musical genres and artists, including several talents from Michigan and Detroit. Michigan native Frankie Ballard takes the stage on Friday, September 23 while Southwest Detroit’s Gabriel Duran performs on Saturday, September 24.
The “Spirit of Detroit” Benefiting Detroit Youth
Detroit Auto Show organizers have commissioned a one-of-a-kind “Spirit of Detroit” guitar that will soon be showcased at a local youth arts organization in Detroit. The show contracted Wallace Detroit Guitars to build the memorial guitar. Like all guitars made by Wallace, the “Spirit of Detroit” guitar was constructed from wood salvaged from Detroit buildings.
Auto show turns to Detroit typographic artists for poster
Detroit Auto Show organizers went 15e century to produce a 21st limited edition commemorative car show poster of the century. The show turned to artist Joel Grothaus and Signal-Return, a Detroit nonprofit dedicated to preserving and teaching traditional letterpress printing, to produce the exclusive raffle poster. limited edition of 2022. The auto show poster was produced for donation purposes, including presentations to the governor, mayor, and automaker executives.
Helping community puppies find homes
Five dogs have already found loving homes and been adopted at the Detroit Auto Show, according to the Michigan Humane Society, which is partnering with Subaru of America at the show. The adoption event is part of the Subaru Loves Pets initiative, which is dedicated to improving the safety and well-being of animals in communities nationwide and getting animals out of shelters and into homes. magnets.
Air mobility experience, Detroit style
Restaurateur Hamisi Mamba and his daughters starred in the Detroit Auto Show’s recent promotional video for its all-new Air Mobility Experience. Mamba is a success story in his own right and recently opened Baobob Fare on Woodward Avenue in Detroit with his wife. The duo were awarded “Best New Restaurant of the Year 2022” by the Free Press earlier this year. Watch here to see their starring role in the Air Mobility Experience video.
Shinola shares his Jeep Willys, Mutt Cutts
Visitors to the Detroit Auto Show will see the classic emerald-colored 1961 Jeep Willys from the Shinola Collection, where it plays a supporting role in the Detroit automaker’s brand history. Shinola’s flagship store, located on West Canfield St., is in the neighborhood Willys operated its sales and service operations in Detroit. Attendees will also get to experience the Mutt Cutts Van, the iconic fur-covered Ford Econoline van from the hit ’90s comedy, “Dumb and Dumber,” starring Michigan native Jeff Daniels. Both vehicles are on display in the lobby of Huntington Place.
Mobility City Sunday
The community fun continues on the final day of the Detroit Auto Show. The show is partnering with the City of Detroit for “Mobility City Sunday” on September 25 from 2-6 p.m. There will be demonstrations of electric bicycles and scooters presented by MoGo and Lime, followed by a community bike ride along the Detroit. Riverfront led by cycling enthusiast Jason Hall and a prize up for grabs. Register here to participate in the race.
About the North American International Auto Show
The North American International Auto Show (aka Detroit Auto Show) is one of the world’s most influential annual automotive events and a showcase for emerging technologies. September 2022 ushers in the next-generation auto show in Detroit with a totally transformed interior and exterior experience, including brand-defining vehicles, ride-and-drive products, and dynamic experiential activations. The reimagined event includes: Media Day, an opportunity for automakers and industry suppliers to launch new products and technologies; Industry Tech Days, an opportunity to learn about emerging mobility technologies and engage with innovators; AutoMobili-D, a look at future mobility platforms; Charity Preview, a signature fundraising gala for children’s charities; and the Public Show, a nine-day celebration of mobility and community with activations and entertainment across the city. For more information, visit naias.com.
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