SO much going on at the G.A.R. building in Detroit these days – we’re not sure where to start with regards to an update for the blog…Perhaps most timely is the tour 100 or so people took during last week’s TEDx event here in the city. Our good friend Charlie Wollborg reached out to us a few months back and asked if we’d consider opening the G.A.R. for TEDx attendees – and as TEDx “talks” are one of Mindfield’s favorite things ever – we said absolutely.A majority of the annual event was held at another downtown classis, the Gem Theatre. After a morning filled with speakers, attendees boarded buses (provided by Andy Didorosi and the Detroit Bus Company) and made their way over to the G.A.R. for a quick tour and then two more talks by author Amy Bragg and G.A.R. co-‐owner Sean Emery. Sean spoke on the history of the building and focused on the perseverance of the men and women who fought for it.After the talks, attendees were handed G.A.R. branded paint markers and asked to share their own stories of perseverance and personal victories. The words left on the G.A.R. walls will be documented prior to a final coat of paint and become part of a photo story displayed at the building.Many thanks to all of the TEDx’ers who made it possible and shared their visions of a better Detroit with us. You all made it a fantastic event.
All in all, a great day for the building and the Mindfield/G.A.R. teams.
We’ll add more soon – as there is lots to share. The roof is almost done, we’re raising a flag over the building to celebrate Veteran’s Day and we’d like to introduce you to a very cool woman named Celestine.