Detroit Passport to the Arts Cultural Exchange Program

Detroit Passport to the Arts Cultural Exchange Program

Join Detroit Passport to the Arts on this extracurricular adventure to Indianapolis, home of DP2A’s sister/mentor program IndyHub.  This cultural exchange program is the first of its kind for these two cultural exploratory programs and will give Detroit’s Passport holders a chance to meet and interact with IndyHub’s cultural enthusiasts as well as get a taste of another Midwestern metropolitan’s cultural offerings.  Then in April, IndyHub’ers will visit Detroit for their own cross-cultural experience.  DP2A hopes that this will be the first of many such “cultural exchanges,” with the hopes of expanding to other cities as more like-minded arts programs are launched collaboratively with DP2A and IndyHub. 

“With IndyHub as our partner [our long-term goal is to] start Passport programs in Cleveland, Pittsburgh … cities that might have similar challenges as in Detroit and Indianapolis,” explains Natalie Bruno, Director of Development for Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and a founding member of DP2A.  “The more cities you have in the Midwest area the more you can share and travel amongst them; this IndyHub is the first step towards that.”

Detroit’s Passport holders already look forward to the signature afterparties that the DP2A board organizes after each DP2A event because they enjoy the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests in a more relaxed, fun social environment than what is typically associated with arts programs.   “Our goal is to foster this growth of relationships between Passport holders so people can meet each other and become friends,” Bruno notes.  DP2A organizers learned from several focus groups that Passport holders trust the Passport program and trust what they do, and are both ready and willing to be exposed to new cultural experiences with other people interested in the arts.  “This is the first baby step toward making this more national.”

And if you’re too quick to question the cultural offerings available in industrial Indianapolis, remember that people think the same about Detroit.  This is your chance to find out what an burgeoning creative city Indianapolis really is.  “Indy is an up-and-coming cultural city,” says Bruno.  “People think it’s a small place where not much is happening and they have to be convinced otherwise, as well as vice-versa [with us in Detroit], so the hopes are that [each city's cultural exchange] will serve each other well.” 

This is your opportunity to be a part of this progressive program’s noteworthy history as both cities open their doors to share their artistic identities with the aim of creating a well-rounded cultural experience for all participants.

DP2A Cultural Exchange with IndyHub
Friday, January 7, 2011 – Sunday, January 9, 2011

Experience DP2A’s sister program in Indianapolis, IndyHub Passport to the Arts. Enjoy amazing food and get to know Indy’s cultural offerings, including a performance of The Elvis Project, presented by Dance Kaleidoscope.

Exchange culture with INDIANAPOLIS
Friday, January 7, 2011 – Sunday, January 9, 2011

DP2A shows you some of Detroit great offerings. Now see how another city does culture with the DP2A Cultural Exchange. IndyHub, DP2A’s sister program, will welcome DP2A passport holders for a weekend of food, fun, and of course, culture. Arrive on Friday night, or if you have to work late, start you weekend of fun on Saturday. Your weekend includes accommodation at The Westin Hotel, a party with IndyHubbers, and a performance of The Elvis Project presented by Dance Kaleidoscope.

COST (includes hotel room and tax), IndyHub party and performance of The Elvis Project):

1. One Person/One Night (Saturday Arrival) + Passport Events for One = $155
2. Two People/One Night (Saturday Arrival) + Passport Events for Two = $180
3. One Person/Two Nights (Friday Arrival) + Passport Events for One = $285
4. Two People/Two Nights (Friday Arrival) + Passport Events for Two = $310

Please note that transport to and from Indianapolis, parking, meals, drinks, and additional entertainment are not included in this price.

Don’t miss out on the fun. Make your reservation today!
Please contact DP2A Staffer, Ellen Storch, Development & Marketing Assistant with any travel or logistical questions. You may reserve your hotel and passport tickets over the phone by calling 248.559.2095 or by placing an order here. Prices include the hotel room and event/performance. All other options will be priced a la carte and you can pay as you go, allowing you the flexibility to dine and sight-see at your leisure.


*DAY 1 (optional)*


(Optional Arrival) On Friday evening, start with a delicious dinner with fellow Passport-holders.

 Suggested Dinner Option 1: R Bistro is a small restaurant where the menu changes weekly. Food is sourced locally and prepared with penache by chef Regina Mehallick. The average entrée cost is $22.

 Suggested Dinner Option 2: Described as quirky, Yats serves Cajun and Creole food, with many vegetarian options. Prices are low and the food portions are plentiful. 

 *DAY 2*

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 – If you arrived on Friday, sleep in a bit and then start your day with a spectacular brunch! If you’re arriving on Saturday, get to Indy at your leisure, though try not to miss these great events!

Breakfast: Treat yourself to CafePatachou, Indianapolis’ favorite brunch location. Try the amazing cinnamon toast!

At your leisure – tour the grounds of White River State Park where you’ll find many options:

With exhibits covering the Ice Age to the 21st century, the museum is an eclectic, exciting adventure into the past, present and future of Indiana.
Hours: Tue-Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5 Admission: $7 

Experience all 23 sports of the NCAA®. The hands-on displays and retro gym and sports simulators give you an opportunity to engage in the life of the student-athlete

Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 Admission: $5

Be sure not to miss the baby dolphin!

Hours: 9-4 Admission: $8.50

Or, if you’d rather catch the after-holiday sales, visit Circle Centre Mall, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. 

LATE AFTERNOON: Everyone gather at the Westin for a late afternoon snack of hot chocolate and cookies. Rest up for a fun evening!

SUGGESTED PRE-SHOW: Meet up at Tastings Wine Bar before the show (opposite side of the Westin) and delight in the 100 wine options available by the taste, glass, or bottle. Tapas items are available from $5 to $20. This wine bar also sports a good beer selection.

PASSPORT EVENT (6:30 pm): Meet at The Indiana Repertory Theater where you’ll network with IndyHubbers at the IndyHub Passport to the Arts pre-performance event. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served! This event is included in the cost of the passport exchange.

PASSPORT PERFORMANCE (8:00 pm): The Elvis Project presented by Dance Kaleidoscope, where they will perform two World Premieres in celebration of the raw energy, passion and humor in the songs of Elvis Presley. Songs include: Trouble, Always on my Mind and Fever. The performance includes a visual art component and an Elvis Impersonator. This event is included in the cost of the passport exchange.

SUGGESTED POST-SHOW (10:30 pm) – Nightcap at Ball & Biscuit, an old time, authentic speakeasy

*DAY 3*

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 – RETURN TO DETROIT! Before taking off, enjoy more shopping and sightseeing! Westin Check-Out is at 12 pm.

The Westin Hotel will be your home in Indy. The Westin Indianapolis enjoys an unbeatable location in the heart of the city. Connected by a covered sky-bridge to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Center Mall, guests have access to everything they need. The hotel is only a short walk from area attractions like the Lucas Oil Stadium, Conseco Field House, Victory Field and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

Please note that guests planning to arrive on Friday night need to call the DP2A office to reserve their space by Wednesday, December 15. Those arriving on Saturday need to reserve their space by Wednesday, December 22.


Parking is available via self-park or valet. The garage is underground and connects to the property. Overnight self parking is $26 and overnight valet is $32.