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Noel Night is December 1! Here’s a little history on the event from our own Reuther Library

On December 1, 2012, the fortieth annual Noel Night will take place in Midtown Detroit. The first Noel Night, on December 19, 1973, was a production of Detroit Adventure, a coalition of organizations that formed in 1959 to promote cultural conversation and experience in the greater Detroit area. In its 21 years of operation, Detroit Adventure served many functions in the pursuit of its mission: to organize, coordinate, and promote the fine arts in the Metro Detroit region.

The first official Detroit Adventure-sponsored event, in the spring of 1959, was “Conversations in the Arts,” a six-week program of seminars; these talks were jointly sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Public Library, and Wayne State University. Conversation topics included “Modern Art — Perception and Emotion,” “Literature as a Force in Our Society,” and “Mass Media — Tyrant or Teacher.” The seminar series concluded with a conference entitled “Creativity: The City and the University” held at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center. Discussions and lectures were led by a wide range of local artists, academics, and professionals, and were open to the public.

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