Dare to Inspire Community Arts Inc 501 3(c)
FIRST, SIGN UP HERE IN OUR ONLINE STORE TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A RESERVATION TO BE A VENDOR AUGUST 24TH, 25TH 2019 at the 6TH ANNUAL DTI FEST
(The Earlier the sign-up the better the price and the better we can advertise the event so act now)
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The "Dare to Inspire" Team and Events:
COLLABORATED COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH "DARE TO INSPIRE"
Assistance & collaborations past and present from:
Special mention for past use of property and great generosities towards the "Dare to Inspire" RiverWalk Festival: Jerry McKindles (Waterford Towne Centre), Dr. Steven Rapp (Michigan Spine Institute), Buffalo Wild Wings, Waterford Christian Association (Zero Gravity Skate Park), Slade properties Rick Colon OG Cert, Kotz Heating and Cooling, Waterford Township Board, Waterford Schools, Waterford Media Network.
ARE YOU A FUND RAISING, COMMUNITY MINDED ORGANIZATION, OR CONTRIBUTING ORGANIZATION IN OUR AREA?
-WE SUPPORT PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT STRONG COMMUNITY / ASK US ABOUT OUR DONATIONS WORK FOR -YOUR- COMMUNITY MINDED BOOTH AT OUR NEXT UPCOMING EVENT
At DARE TO INSPIRE COMMUNITY ARTS INC. 501 3(c), our mission has been to seek out and contribute to culture in areas that lack strong examples of tradition and community. Our commitment continues to be to provide a stronger sense of appreciation for all forms of the Arts, culture and to build traditions.
THE DTI Festival (before becoming a non-profit) was our first project donated to our community and is now celebrated each year as our "end of the season project" (our Prom - if you will)
The concept of the "Dare to Inspire" Fest was at first -NOT- a festival at all. It was a project to eliminate blight by donating a very large Mural Project to the citizens of Waterford and MDOT (approximately 5,500 square feet) to try to deter "taggers" creating very lewd blight in an area that caused a serious image problem for Waterford that didn't reflect the surrounding community's image
Before our intervention it was very appealing to graffiti artists - tagging lewd and distasteful content in full view and accessible to the public. DTI's mission was to rectify what was becoming more and more a foul "stain" on Waterford Brand (literally 5,500 square feet of lewd graffiti stains)
The once -less maintained walls- in the "Highland Road Underpass" (The H.U.B.) seemed a blank canvas to less skilled artist to practice on and was located at the end of an incomplete phase of an abandoned RiverWalk, that had been left as an unfortunate termination point (just behind Buffalo Wild Wing's Parking lot) under Highland Road like the "Red Hot Chile Pepper's" song "Under the Bridge" and all the seedy undertones that implied.
The first finished phase of the abandoned RiverWalk Project (at that time) of the project was all long a beautiful stretch of the Clinton River and part of a formal blacktop path that originated at RiverSide Elementary in 1999 and due to lack of funding (though very beautiful) was left terminating in something similar to a dead end tunnel under Highland Road (M-59).
Most people can image what a weather proofed area like that might draw in a highly populated community. This Cave like structure (lacking traffic) created an easy opportunity for shelter for derelicts to walk, sleep, and deface public property and nearly unopposed on a walkway currently never used.
This coop between Waterford Schools. The Township and Waterford Towne Center was originally intended -specifically- for active community members, vulnerable seniors, and was designed as a safer path for school children of Riverside Elementary to use to avoid the 4 lane traffic of Highland Road (It was certainly not now an area that would be perceived as "safe" for senior or school children)
The Tradition of the DTI Fest had become an event to FUND the Mural renovation project to remove blight and to fill this empty canvas to deter others with more lewd intent and to promote the RiverWalk to drive new traffic to this location and and drive the other element out.
The solution began in 2014, Police Cameras were installed and motion censure light all acted to drive out this isolated, unfortunate, and dangerous image problem
Dare to Inspire Community Arts Ind. 501 3(c) is proud to announce today, beyond skepticism of many, that the Waterford Clinton River RiverWalk* has become a fully functioning and safe walkway for citizen's of all ages (for all types of activities) and safe passage under the high speed 4 lane "Highland Road" for Waterford.
Due to new confidence that the area will be maintained properly (by donation) and as well the new promotion of the area through the DTI RiverWalk Fest The Township approved a mission to seek out grant and now the RiverWalk includes a new beautiful -handicap accessible- Boardwalk that was provided by mostly state provided money* (at little burden to Waterford Taxpayers)
With this new confidence and interest from the public to use RiverWalk and evidence of enough new traffic to ensure safe and convenient use with it's new more recognized and stronger branded image "The H.U.B." The Waterford RiverWalk is becoming one of only a few easily recognized non-business "landmarks" when referring to Waterford and those that traverse the Clinton River by Kayak.
The RiverWalk that was once a very undesirable image and safety problem for the township has become a great new amenity - widely used ny many community members and enjoys constant traffic now born from hard work, collaboration, and planning from the Township Board and new brand strength garnered from events just like this from: "The Dare to Inspire RiverWalk Festival:"
DTI, actively seeks out projects just like this now in many surrounding communities now that can use "our type" of help to create strong community, traditions, and new opportunities.
DTI is inviting YOU to JOIN IN, celebrating the arts (in all forms), with your presence and to let US celebrate YOU too. The RiverWalk Festival and Mural Renovation Project was our first Project and namesake "Dare to Inspire" and "DTI" hopes that we can continue great growth of the DTI Fest for many years to come.
"COME EVERYONE COME ALL ...DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE"
-Matthew K. McClure Pied Cypher Events and member of DTI 248.979.0996