Detroit is the first stop for the 23rd annual AICP Show on its 10-city awards tour, following its June 12 premiere at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
This marks the AICP Show’s return to Detroit after an absence of 12 years. The Show again will be held at the prestigious Detroit Institute of Arts, the venue in which it was last held in 2002.
“Detroit is a city on its way back and its important advertising community is as vibrant as ever,” says AICP/Midwest president Mark Androw of STORY, whose mission, he says, “is to place more regional Midwest markets on the AICP Show Tour map.
While Chicago and Minneapolis have been longtime AICP Show participants, Androw’s efforts helped start a first-time AICP Show in Milwaukee two years ago. He expects that St. Louis, Kansas City and Indianapolis will be placed on the AICP Show Tour by next year.
The Detroit AICP Show drifted away when the local D Show, exhibiting Detroit’s best advertising work, took center stage and continues to be a major industry event. Androw had worked with Andrew Halleck, VP/EP at McCann Detroit on projects, who had expressed interest in restoring the event and teamed up to make it happen.
Androw says credit is due hard-working committee members Sue Witham, EP, Rare Medium Well Done; Brian Yessian, Yessian Music; and freelance producer Nicole LaDouceur-Janowicz, who is also the event producer.
Some 200 guests are expected to attend, including producers flying in from LA. New York-based Matt Miller, AICP national president, Androw and a coterie from Chicago also will be in attendance.
Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuves and live music; 7:30 p.m. screening of the show reel followed by drinks and conversation.
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