On January 13th, 2019, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit held it’s Painting with a Twist party entitled Paint: Detroit. This was a social event curated around contemporary Detroit popular culture.

The organization partnered with the Black-owned Painting with a Twist studio located in downtown Detroit. This studio is located inside of the Julian C. Madison building, which is also home to Black Young Professionals’ office (within Bamboo Detroit). Of further significance is recognizing the entire building itself is also Black-owned.

The spirit of this event required everything to be Detroit centric. This included:

  • A Detroit painting
  • Food from some of Detroit’s iconic brands:
    • Bucharest Grill
    • Better Made Chips
    • Faygo Soda and Vernors Ginger Ale
  • Genuine Michigan white and red wines from Detroit’s own House of Pure Vin
  • Beer from Detroit’s Atwater Brewery
  • A playlist of Detroit hip-hop and house music (Playlist below)
  • Detroit gift giveaways including:
    • Detroit vs. Everybody hoodie
    • Détroit is the New Black t-shirt
    • Detroit Wine glasses
    • Handmade Gift Basket of various Detroit snacks

An amazing turnout was had with everyone packing the front studio facing Washington Boulevard and leaving no seats untaken. Everyone in attendance also received a coupon for their next visit to Painting with a Twist.

We would like to give special thanks to Painting with a Twist (Downtown Detroit) for being such a gracious host and supporter of the community. We highly recommend everyone attend one of their open painting events or even plan your own party at their Detroit location soon!

We also would like to thank House of Pure Vin for their excellent guidance in wine selection for this event. House of Pure Vin is Detroit’s premier wine shop offering an outstanding and high quality wine and champagne selection in the heart of the city, right on Woodward Avenue. House of Pure Vin is also a Black-owned business.

Additionally, we would like to send a shout out to Détroit is the New Black , where we procured our awesome and very culturally-fitting t-shirts for the entire team to kick-off 2019. Détroit is the New Black is also a Black-owned business. Check out their chic store on Woodward Avenue (just down from House of Pure Vin) where you can find all of their other attire offerings.


Below are just a few of our photos from the event. The full collection of event pictures can be found on our Facebook page or Google Photos.



Check out our official Paint: Detroit playlist below on Spotify!