(Image caption: WE ALL RISE, a unique sketchbook produced by Library Street Collective for DPSCD students. Photographed by Zach Elwart.)
Facing the current health crisis, our thoughts have quickly turned to the people in our community who are most affected; here in Detroit, many children in the public school system are suffering. For countless students in low-income families, the School Lunch Program provides their only meals for the day. With such widespread school closures, and many parents out of work for the foreseeable future, the foundation they have come to rely on for a daily meal is at severe risk. This unprecedented situation also threatens the academic, social and creative stimulation provided in a school environment.
In order to help fill this need, Library Street Collective – with the generous support of Standby in downtown Detroit – will be providing free dinners for two weeks to Detroit Public Schools students in need beginning Monday, March 23rd. The team at Standby will prepare meals each weekday for students, with a new menu offered each day. Food will be prepared and distributed through the support of Detroit-based non-profits Forgotten Harvest and The Downtown Boxing Gym.
At Library Street Collective, we believe that art can provide inspiration in difficult times, and in hearing about this initiative many artists have offered their creativity to the cause. In each meal package provided, students will receive a limited edition of WE ALL RISE, a new sketchbook produced by Library Street Collective that is filled with drawings and graphics by artists Virgil Abloh, Nina Chanel Abney, Doug Aitken, Daniel Arsham, McArthur Binion, Amoako Boafo, Nick Cave, Dabls, Torkwase Dyson, Conrad Egyir, Shepard Fairey, Sam Friedman, Beverly Fishman, FriendsWithYou, Haroshi, Carole Harris, KAWS, Eddie Martinez, Tiff Massey, Charles McGee, Allie McGhee, Simphiwe Ndzube, Jordan Nickel, Jose Parla, Jason REVOK, Julia Wachtel, Austyn Weiner, Wendy White, and Tyrrell Winston. The title of the sketchbook is inspired by DPSCD’s new campaign – ‘Students Rise. We All Rise.’ DPSCD students will have the opportunity to color within and alongside the work of two dozen groundbreaking artists as well as creating their own artwork on blank pages provided within the sketchbook. WE ALL RISE was created specifically for this initiative with Detroit Public Schools and a set of colored pencils will accompany each sketchbook.
“This initiative will provide food to kids most in need in our community while using art as a catalyst to inspire and empower. This is at the forefront of our mission at Library Street Collective. At the same time, it enables our dedicated staff at Standby – as well as the team members of our partner establishments, Deluxx Fluxx and the Skip – to continue working during this turbulent time and forced closure. Staff members of all three locations will take part in the program to ensure that there are plenty of people on hand to help create and package meals. I’m proud of the efforts being made by our staff and truly grateful to all of the artists for stepping up in this desperate time of need.” Anthony Curis, co-founder of Library Street Collective and partner at Standby, the Skip, and Deluxx Fluxx.
Library Street Collective is proud to help our community by providing the resources we have available to us during the COVID-19 outbreak in Detroit, and hope that all will be considerate of those who need this support most. If you are interested in helping support or expand this initiative, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to participate.