Preservation Specialist, Michigan Historic Preservation Network
in Detroit, MI
I am the Detroit Preservation Specialist at the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, which is the largest membership organization in the stated dedicated to recognizing and preserving Michigan's rich cultural and architectural heritage. As the Detroit Preservation Specialist, I help to identify preservation grants and financial incentives, while educating and advocating for Detroit's historic places. I provide information and advocacy assistance, conduct educational presentations, coordinate training workshops, and assist with preservation planning and strategies. I manage MHPN's programs in Detroit including Vacant not Blighted, a neighborhood tour event highlighting history and storytelling to change the narrative surrounding "blight," and the Living Trades Academy, a hands-on, paid training program for underemployed Detroiters in the preservation trades.
Vacant Not Blighted
BY MELISSA ARROWSMITH
@ VOL 37
ON APR 30, 2019
Melissa Arrowsmith holds a Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State and has dedicated her career to working on changing the Detroit blight narrative. She works with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network to keep the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Detroit alive.
One of the programs that our presenter Melissa Arrowsmith manages s the Living Trades Academy that is a hands-on, paid training program for underemployed Detroiters in the preservation trades.