April 24, 2019

Presented by the West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District, this year’s

Cinco de Mayo Week will spotlight area restaurants, family-friendly events, giveaways and more


DETROIT – April 24, 2019 – Beginning Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5, individuals who take a selfie in front of 16 selected community murals and public art installations in Southwest Detroit – and then post photos to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CincoSWDet – will have a chance to win FREE gift certificates to local businesses. The gift certificates are made available by a number of restaurants, merchants, retailers and specialty stores that are located in Southwest Detroit.


“Southwest Detroit takes great pride in its cultural offerings, including its wonderful, talented artists,” said West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District Board Chair Jason Ghannam. “Thanks to the tremendous support by local artists as well as our community partners, public art installations continue to increase in numbers, helping to beautify our neighborhoods.” 


The gift certificate giveaway is part of “Cinco de Mayo Week” in Southwest Detroit, which is presented by the West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District (BID) and supported by the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA). To be entered in the giveaway, selfies must be taken and posted online beginning at 8 a.m., Wed., May 1 through 7 p.m., Sun., May 5.


Limit one entry per community mural or art installation. For a complete list of community murals and public art installations highlighted as part of “Cinco de Mayo Week” in Southwest Detroit, visit


Artwork included among the list are:



Mural at State Farm Insurance located at 5602 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit.

Artist: Elton Monroy-Duran.


This large mural, called The Dream Picker, is part of a series in Southwest Detroit themed after The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, each piece portraying popular Mexican icons. The Dream Picker speaks to the Mexican immigrant story, which symbolizes hard work and sacrifice from older generations paving the way for Mexican icons, like Pedro Armendáriz (depicted in The Dream Picker), to live out their dreams. 


Mural at Paul’s Pizza located at 7635 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit.

< > Art on the Block – Arte en la Cuadra.



Art on the Block - Arte en la Cuadra, is a Southwest Detroit public art initiative from Garage Cultural, which is a community arts education collective. Its mission is to create and operate a self-sustaining Community Hub that will fulfill its vision of providing a variety of arts/entertainment events and educational programs to the residents of its communities. The mural was supported by multiple funding sources, including the BID, The Knight Foundation, Sunbelt Rentals, and Hacienda Mexican Foods. Their mural, called SOMOS (“We Are”), speaks to the collective community identity in Southwest



McGregor St. and Junction Ave. Detroit.

Artist: DeMacio Soto.




The Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV) collaborated with The Ideal Group on a matching fund campaign to support the mural at McGregor and Junction. Soto’s design represents a natural outlook on land, water, air and community, which are SDEV pillars.


“We are confident the public will enjoy the beautiful selection of community murals that are part of the ‘Cinco de Mayo Week’ campaign, as well as the other art installations throughout Southwest Detroit,” said Ghannam.


For more information regarding “Cinco de Mayo Week” in Southwest Detroit, and a complete list of West Vernor & Springswells BID and SDBA member businesses, visit Updates and additional information will be added to the page as available, or you can follow SWDetroitBid on Facebook.


About the West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District

The West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District (BID) was passed by property owners in 2007, making it the first BID in Michigan. The aim of the BID is to use collective resources to improve the commercial district and make it a place where people want to visit and shop. For more information, visit

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