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Southfield Public Arts Commission welcomes local artists to submit mural artwork
SOUTHFIELD — The Friends of Southfield Public Arts, in collaboration with the Southfield Public Arts Commission and the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department, invites local artists to submit their original mural artwork to be displayed at the Beech Woods Recreation Center, 22200 Beech Road. The artwork will be enlarged to an 8-by-21-foot panel. Entries may be in any two-dimensional medium, including painting, photography, digital art, drawing, etc.

All entries will be reviewed by the Friends of Southfield Public Arts, the Southfield Parks and Recreation board and the vendor who will be responsible for the reproduction of the artwork. The winning artist will be awarded an honorarium of $2,000 and will see their work displayed at Beech Woods Recreation Center. The second-place artist will receive an honorarium of $1,000, and the third-place artist will receive an honorarium of $500. Submissions will be accepted until May 15, and the winner will be notified by June 30. Artists should be 18 years or older and live or work in metro Detroit.

The cost of entry is $15, which can be paid via PayPal or by check mailed to The Friends of the Southfield Public Arts. Submissions for digitized artwork are accepted by email to [email protected].

Physical submissions are also accepted. They can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Mayor’s Office at the Southfield Municipal Campus. If mailing a submission, the following address should be used: The Friends of Southfield Public Arts, c/o Mayor’s Office, City of Southfield, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48076.

For more information on entry criteria and to submit work, visit

Lathrup Village, Southfield partner to present Teen Mental Wellness Community Forum
LATHRUP VILLAGE/SOUTHFIELD — The cities of Lathrup Village and Southfield, in partnership with the Optimist Club of Southfield-Lathrup Village, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield Public Schools and Metro Detroit Youth Clubs, will present a Teen Mental Wellness Community Forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7.

The forum will address the question, “What’s happening with our youth?” and will feature a panel of community figures such as Lathrup Village Police Officer Keith Roberts addressing warning signs, Sgt. Teresa Young and Officer Brandon Walker discussing triggers, Licensed Professional Counselor Darryl Allen from Ascension Michigan touching on stigmas, Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee highlighting resilience and LTU professor and author Jackie Stavros diving into “Conversations Worth Having.”

The forum will also include the essay finalists for Southfield and Lathrup Village sixth-12th grade students competing to win a grand prize of three LTU Blue Devil Partnership Scholarships worth $17,000 per year for four years or a maximum award for a bachelor’s degree of $68,000 for eight semesters to attend LTU.

Additionally, each winner will receive a $1,000 technological scholarship to attend camps offered in the summer of 2023.

The event will also include numerous health care professionals and exhibitors from Oakland Community Health Network, the Southfield Community Anti-Drug Coalition and SAFE Hearts. There will also be a presentation and activity with delivery drones specifically for teens.

The event will be held at the Metro Detroit Youth Clubs Field Zone, located on the Southfield Municipal Campus, at 26000 Evergreen Road in the lower level of the Southfield Pavilion. Preregistration is required by May 3 and can be done at

Southfield hosts art exhibit honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
SOUTHFIELD — Mayor Kenson Siver and the Southfield Public Arts Commission present “PERSPECTIVES,” a public art exhibit featuring nine Asian American artists.

The free opening reception for the exhibit will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, in the main lobby of Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The reception will feature a performance by musician Xiao Dong Wei, as well as ikebana floral displays, a Chinese tea brewing table and Asian hors d’oeuvres. The artwork of Hiroko Lancour, Myong Neff, Luzhen Qiu, Nobuko Yamasaki, Ben Kim, JenClare Gawaran, Kyoko Fujii, Julius Hwang and Mino Watanabe will be on display until July 31. For more information on the artists, visit



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