"DIA Director: Don't let an act of violence keep you from Detroit's Midtown" by Salvador Salort-Pons. Published Dec. 7, 2017 in the Detroit Free Press

Please read the op-ed HERE, or download a PDF HERE.

Thanks to our partners at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the College for Creative Studies, the Detroit Historical Society and Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library, the Michigan Science Center, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for standing together about Noel Night and the Midtown Detroit district. We also would like to thank Wayne State University and the Wayne State Police for their partnership on Noel Night, as well as their investment in the neighborhood. We know that many of the other participating Noel Night venues and businesses located in the district share the sentiment expressed in this op-ed and stand united that Midtown Detroit is an excellent place to live, work and visit. Equally important, we would like to thank everyone who has provided feedback on Noel Night and send our deepest apologies to all who were negatively impacted by the unfortunate events of the evening. We hope that you will come back soon and experience all that Midtown has to offer.


The 45th annual Noel Night was held Saturday, December, 2, 2017, with over 100 participating venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, along with the area's historic churches, galleries, unique shops, nonprofit organizations, other arts, cultural and educational institutions, restaurants, bars and breweries, to name just a few. Noel Night is a Cultural Center-wide holiday open house that presents free activities including: horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances.

Noel Night 2017 headlining performers included:  Afro Blue, Cantus, Sidewalk Chalk, The Cactus Blossoms, Les Nubians, Etienne Charles Creole Christmas, The Main Squeeze, The Tartan Terrors, the Rhythm Society Orchestra with Paul King and Thornetta Davis.

Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit's Midtown district. Call 313-420-6000 for additional information.