Summer High School Camps
Jun
24
to Jun 28

Summer High School Camps

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Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (Drop off as early as 9:00 am). Culminating event for friends and family on Friday, June 28th from 4 pm – 6 pm

Roots: Grounding, Growing, Sustaining and Creating Social Change
What do you need to feel safe, supported and motivated to impact  your community? Explore the many ways in which social justice, inclusion, and community activism support change in our society.

Music Programming
Music industry performance-  learn live DJ-ing and beat production or compose music and record in the Orpheum Studio to support your musical voice.

*Drawing/Painting/Printmaking (This option is full and no longer available)
Engage with the fundamentals of basic drawing, painting, and printmaking. Create works for an end of week gallery.  All levels of skills and experience encouraged to join.

Volume Summer Institute
Join professional poets to develop your  writing skills through daily poetry workshops in a relaxed and encouraging environment.  All experience levels welcome.

Video Production
Take your storytelling to a visual level.  Shoot, edit and screen your own production to friends and family.

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18th Annual   Golf Classic
Jul
29
9:00 AM09:00

18th Annual Golf Classic

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FOOD, RAFFLES, PRIZES, AUCTIONS
AND LOADS OF FUN!

Click here to register online now

9 a.m. Shotgun Start
Four Person Scramble
“All Inclusive” four person team: $1000

Each player receives breakfast, lunch, beverages,
steak/chicken dinner, mulligan, string to shorten
putt, and 5 raffle tickets

Invite a guest to join you for our dinner
and silent auction at approximately 3pm
for $50 each

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Platinum Event Sponsor $10,000
Gold Sponsor $5,000
Halfway House $2,500
Beverage Cart $1000
Players Cart $500
Hole Sponsor $250

FOR MORE INFO

Call the Neutral Zone Golf Classic
Hotline: 734-769-1427
or email: nzgolfclassic@gmail.com

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Zone In 2019
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Zone In 2019

Join us for “Zone In”, our signature annual fundraiser at the Michigan League on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6PM. This year we are pleased to honor Linh & Dug Song for their dedication to the Neutral Zone and to the community. Enjoy a strolling dinner featuring youth demonstrations and exhibits, followed by a seated program and dessert.

Tickets start at $175/ person. Table sponsorships are $1500 and include 8 seats. For more event and sponsor information, contact Amy Milligan amy@neutral-zone.org or (734) 214-9995 ext. 223.

Click here to purchase tickets

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Celebrate EID AL-FITR
Jun
11
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate EID AL-FITR

Come celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Neutral Zone!

Eid al-Fitr is a holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide when they break their fast at the end of the holy month, Ramadan.

This celebration is open to ALL high school-aged youth. Free dinner included!

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/nzeid19

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Live on Washington
Jun
8
3:00 PM15:00

Live on Washington

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Live on Washington (LOW) is an annual, free, youth curated outdoor all arts festival in downtown Ann Arbor. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 8th. 25 teen curators have been meeting weekly since September 2018 and will continue until June 2019 at Neutral Zone, to learn curatorial best practices, design the event based on their community’s interests, manage finances, market their ideas, and run the event. LOW showcases youth talent, gives youth an opportunity to perform with nationally recognized acts and brings together an inter-generational community of visitors to downtown Ann Arbor. The LOW teen curators are the arts performers, advocates, and administrators of the future. They gain valuable mentorship about how to engage their community through arts during this year-long program.

2019 Artists

TV Girl 

Kayo Genesis

The left lanes

present company

The daydream project

critical theory

colorless exile

hazel bee

Rosewood

mike anthony & kenny davis

d. vaughn

myles

4our seasons

alt facts

brandenburgh project

soulfege

For more info check out the LOW website here

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SARE Presents: CONSENTric
May
29
4:00 PM16:00

SARE Presents: CONSENTric

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Help us build consent culture at NZ!

Join us for an afternoon of:

  • Live Performances by teen poets

  • Filming video PSAs about consent

  • Survivor-centered safe space

  • Consent Jeopardy

  • Resource tables

  • FREE FOOD!!

This event is free and open to the public (all ages). Wheelchair accessible.

For questions email Molly Raynor at molly@neutral-zone.org

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LegeNZ Reception
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

LegeNZ Reception

Neutral Zone LegeNZ Reception 

 Please join us for our third-annual "LegeNZ" reception to honor everyone who has served as a Neutral Zone board member.  We can't wait to celebrate the impact you have had on the lives of our teens.

At this event, we will welcome back all former adult and teen board members as we induct a new group of LegeNZ members who are completing their board service this year.  

The reception will include refreshments and a brief program.  There is no charge for the event, but we would love it if you would register here.

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Launch
May
22
1:30 PM13:30

Launch

Calling All Current 8th Graders!

You’re invited to Launch, a chance to see what the Neutral Zone has to offer.

At Launch you’ll get to try some of NZ’s most popular programs, including art, music, literary arts and leadership.

Check-in is at 1:30

Explore programs until 4:30

Pizza and dancing from 4:30-5pm

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

Please register here

Questions? Email suzie@neutral-zone.org

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Honors Night
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Honors Night

As the 2018-19 school year comes to a close, the Neutral Zone will honor teens for their program participation and outstanding leadership contributions during this past year.   

Neutral Zone Honors Celebration on Thursday, May 16th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Neutral Zone.  

The event will end with a dessert potluck

We are asking all families to please bring a dessert to share. The honors recognition will begin at 6:30 p.m.  We will be recognizing outstanding teen leaders from all Neutral Zone programs.

Please mark your calendar to join us for this opportunity to celebrate and support the hard work and accomplishments of our wonderful teens. Siblings, grandparents, and friends are welcome to attend; the event is free.


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Pride Prom
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Pride Prom

What is pride prom, you ask? a place where teens of all genders and attractionalities can dress to express! bring a partner, a date, and/or a group of friends, to celebrate themselves by dancing, play games, or just enjoying the snacks and space. This event is put on yearly by Riot Youth and the NZ at large so that everyone can have the vibrant prom experience they deserve without stigma. This year, our theme is QUEEN. Do we mean the band and the icon Freddie Mercury? Do we mean crowns and capes? Do we mean Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Janelle Monáe? The answer is YES, and so much more! Ages 13-19, $5 suggested donation, 7pm-10pm 310 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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LOW Preview Party
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

LOW Preview Party

We are hosting A Live On Washington Preview Party - May 9th 6-8pm 

@ The Ann Arbor Distilling Company

Details: Tickets are $10 and include a cocktail (for those 21+) other refreshments and strolling style food will be provided.  The event will center around teens in the program showcasing their work, a silent auction, and live music.  We will be encouraging the community to donate at the event to reach an event goal of $4,000. 


How you can help: 

1) RSVP HERE!  

2) Share this link/ image with your friends, bring a couple local friends who support your teen and the local music scene! 

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37th Potential Exhibition
Apr
27
to May 1

37th Potential Exhibition

2019 Washtenaw County Juried Teen Art Competition

This is a free event and open to the public

Saturday, April 27th
Reception 5:30-7pm
Award Ceremony: 6pm
$1,000 in rewards

Art Exhibition
Opens: Saturday, April 27th
Closes: Wednesday, May 1st

Open Gallery Hours
Monday, April 29 from 12-6pm
Tuesday, April 30 from 12-6pm
Wednesday, May 1 from 12-6pm

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Project GreeNZ Cooking Class
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Project GreeNZ Cooking Class

Italian Pizza vs. Pasta Throwdown!!

For our April class, Thursday the 11th, we will be pitting two iconic Italian dishes against each other for the title of all-time favorite Italian dish.

We will share tips for stretching pizza dough, baking pizza in a home oven, cooking pasta, making sauce, and what toppings to turn to for healthy & balanced flavors.

Which dish will reign supreme???

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Book Release Party - Self Portraits, Mixed Media by Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

Book Release Party - Self Portraits, Mixed Media by Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard

Join us for the release of Self Portraits, Mixed Media by Aldo Leoploldo Pando Girard, Ann Arbor’s Youth Poet Laureate! Aldo will read from his poetry collection, followed by a Q & A and book signing. This event is FREE and open to the public. The venue is not wheelchair accessible.

“Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard has created a touchable, tender topography of home, distance, and the various ways to view the self. This is a many-mirrored book of glorious work, and each reflection echoing back is work staring into.” —Hanif Abdurraqib

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Culminating Event & Art Show
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Culminating Event & Art Show

  • Ann Arbor District Library 4th Flr (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will close out this month-long program with a culminating event at the downtown Ann Arbor Library, featuring a performance and Q&A with our visiting artist Kush Thompson (out of Chicago, by way of New Orleans.) Leading up to her reading, members of the teen book club will share their poetic responses to Citizen and identity collages made by community members will be displayed for viewing in a gallery.

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Citizenship Dinner: Immigration
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Citizenship Dinner: Immigration

Neutral Zone youth leaders will host a "citizenship dinner" for the public. Community members who attend will share a meal and engage in discussion of Citizen. Guiding questions and activities for the evening will encourage small group conversation and center on the theme of identity and definitions of citizenship, with a focus on the experiences of immigrants and refugees in the US. Neutral Zone youth leaders will perform original poetry to further explore the themes of Citizen. A simultaneous citizenship dinner will take place on the University of Michigan campus, following a similar format and addressing the carceral state with a featured performance by Cozine Welch of the Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Citizen Identity Collage Workshop
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Citizen Identity Collage Workshop

At this public art workshop, participants will examine the visuals in Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and study various artists who use collage to address issues of identity and social justice. They will be provided with materials to make their own collages and write artist statements that will be hung in a gallery at the culminating event. This workshop will be led by local visual artist and poet Anika Love.

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NEA Big Read Kick-Off Event
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

NEA Big Read Kick-Off Event

Come join us to kick off the month-long community project, "Neutral Zone Presents: NEA Big Read in Ann Arbor." Members of the Ann Arbor community and surrounding cities will come together throughout March 2019 for critical explorations of race, gender, class and other intersecting identities, centered around a deep dive into Claudia Rankine’s National Book Critics Circle Award-winning collection of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric. The month-long program, presented by the Neutral Zone — a diverse, youth-driven nonprofit — was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. At the kickoff event, community members will enter the conversation central to the program by reading passages from Citizen and responding to them in small and large group conversation. At the event, youth leaders from the Neutral Zone and Ozone House will also perform original poetry invested in the themes of Citizen: namely, the experiences of women of color, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, and what it means to be "citizen."

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