SCA 2014 Off-Site Tours in Detroit: Register by April 15!

The upcoming SCA biennial meeting is being held in Detroit because the city registers theimpacts of the “ends of work” in so many ways. It is an epicenter of efforts to reimagine labor and livelihoods. We want to encourage participants in this conference to learn from some of the innovative activities and undertakings of Detroit residents. To this end, we have arranged several tour possibilities. These outings will allow those interested in getting out of the hotel and into the city a variety of possibilities for seeing first-hand what is going on in Detroit.

Each of these options involve an hour and a half time commitment. We are asking people to register online, pay a $10 fee (to cover bus rentals), and to consider making a donation at any of these sites. See directions for registration below.  

Tour possibilities: (these will run concurrently with conference sessions; a “schedule at a glance” is attached to help you decide; deadline to register is April 15).

1) The Boggs Center: An activist organization that aims “to nurture the transformational leadership capacities of individuals and organizations committed to creating productive, sustainable, ecologically responsible, and just communities.” [Friday, May 9, 1:00pm to 3:00pm]

2) Dabls’ African Bead Museum and art installations: An independently owned African bead museum and three site-specific public art installations by artist and curator Olayami Dabls: “Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust,” “The N’Kisi Iron House,” and “African Language Wall.”  [Saturday, May 10, 10:30am to 12:30pm]

3) Power House Productions: An artist-owned non-profit that has renovated a number of abandoned houses, turning them into performance spaces, skate parks, gardening centers, squash courts, and more. “In just a short few years, PHP has brought 23 artists and designers into the community to work, learn and observe, and facilitated the purchase of 28 properties to residents, both new and old.”  [Friday, May 9, 10:30am to 12:30pm]

4) Wheelhouse Detroit: A bike tour at a “conversational pace,” responsive to the group’s interests. “Near East Side - 8+ miles, 2 – 3 hrs This tour showcases Detroit’s most unique attractions, including the Dequindre Cut, Heidelberg Project, Earthworks Urban Farm, Eastern Market, the Mies van der Rohe Lafayette Park development, Elmwood Cemetery and the Detroit RiverWalk.” This tour is $35. [Saturday, May 10, 1:30pm to 3:30pm]

Registration directions: Deadline is April 15. Log in at (Account/Member Profile LOGIN) Click on "My Payment, Receipts, Transactions & Events". Click on "Add Workshops" next to SCA meeting. Select the workshop you want to add. "Save/add to cart" "Check out; Continue." Enter payment information; "Continue."