THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT

Rating: 4.89 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: 42 Watson Hours: 10a-5p, M-F Detroit MI 48201 USA

Mission: The Heidelberg Project (HP) is a Detroit community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich and improve their lives, and to improve the social and economic health of the greater community. We envision residents using art to rebuild the structure and fabric of under-resourced communities and creating a way of living that is economically viable, enriches lives, and welcomes all people.
Results: Engaged community in activities, programming and maintenance of the project. Provided art activities to neighborhood children and schools throughout Michigan. Organized bi-annual community festivals since 1992.
Target demographics: All ages and races with a focus on low-income urban community residents and K-12 students.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Interns, volunteers, students
Programs: The Heidelberg Project is actively engaged in art and education and community development. Our current programs include the ACE2: Art, Community and Environmental Education program; the Emerging Artist program, a branch of YAH, the Young Associates of Heidelberg; and the development of the House That Makes Sense Center, our future center of operations.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I can't think of a city with more of a need for community art, or a project with more of an impact on a city. From the moment you approach the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, you are in awe: this is a city still alive and fighting, and it holds a most unique beauty.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it's given me a different outlook on the city of Detroit itself. Most people assume this is a dying and listless city, but the Heidelberg Project is a voice of hope and creativity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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I have been blessed and touched by this project and the work that has been put into such a meaningful project. I trust that the rest shall remain and will continue to grow and that the city will not destroy any more of the embellishments of art at it's finest. The videos that are included with Dominic Murphy's Art are genius. I thank you for continuing the project and always look forward to visiting.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

All aspects of my life. I am touched.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that the City of Detroit does not destroy any more of it and encourages more of the same art that has grown into a genius capability.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the touching messages of the circumstances surrounding the display.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could have been there in person.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Those who are diminished and want to destroy due to their ignorance.

One thing I'd also say is that...

You are the most encouraging people I've experienced. I thank you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

A visit to the Project on a Saturday is a pure pleasure and an artistic experience. Artist Tyree Guyton is very approachable and kind to visitors and is very often on site to meet guests. The block and surrounding areas are a continuously evolving canvas that takes everyday objects and juxtaposes them in the context of local, national and global events and situations. It is folk art both unique to Detroit and universal in scope. My hope is that the Heidelberg Project continues to grow and evolve as not just an installation and experience but as an inspiration to scores of young artists worldwide.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the scope of the visitors I have run across during visits throughout the years. It is a "must-visit" location for out-of-towners that helps remove the harsh stigma of Detroit and its residents from people's minds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to the Heidelberg project by my older sister. She showed me a piece that she bought in a heidelberg auction: A clay pot with a blue shoe in it. It didn't make any sense to me at the time, but when she took me there for the first time it all clicked. Converting dilapidated houses, the things that other people had thrown away, into something beautiful - and LOUD. Tyree Guyton isn't simply speaking to the denizens of Detroit - he's calling out nation-wide class divide without subtlety or pretense. The Heidelberg Project is, to me, the most important piece of art in the world, because it has completely transformed my view of humanity. I make it a point to go there every few months, just to remind myself what real art is all about.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand. Innovate. New security measures. New advertisement. New exposure.

Ways to make it better...

...If the city would stop destroying segments of the Project.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Close minded people. And the location is a difficult hurdle for many people who feel unsafe in that part of Detroit.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Everyone NEEDS to go to the Heidelberg at least once. Looking at pictures or reading about it does not do it justice whatsoever.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Tyree is a man ahead of his time! I really admire his resilience and commitment to his work, as well as his creativity. In the face of extreme adversity and negative vibes, he charges forward, unphased. That is priceless.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ultimate inspiration for positive and transformative action

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

fun, non judgmental, down to earth, and outside of the box!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind hearted, approachable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

rebuild the city of Detroit as a cultural mecca and environmentally regenerative destination, serving as inspiration and model for others to do the same

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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Experiencing the Heidelberg Project was a life changing event. Creativity, hard work and perseverance meld into a monument of hope and possibility.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am less cynical and have become more active in my community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've seen beauty and hope where I had previously felt there was none.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

That is not for me to say.

Ways to make it better...

I had known about it years ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Resistance from city hall.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Heidelberg Project is a great asset to Detroit! I often will go and visit the Heidelberg Project to keep up with the outdoor art installations that are constantly in progress and evolving. I think Heidelberg could put on even more public events to attract more people at one time, and to increase the commraderie between visitors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

driven, committed and exuded optimism that is a breath of fresh air in Detroit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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I have been paying attention to the Heidelberg project ever since I heard of and visited it during an art gallery event. I believe it is a great potential model of the way that art can strengthen communities, and of how healthy and empowering a consistent "grass roots" effort can be. The "dot" theme is sheer genius and deceptively simple. The dots unify the project and seem to me to become/symbolize creative and communicative particles that open doors to expansive experience wherever you stand, as well as creating pathways to link you with the world. They take on life and become encouraging friends in a challenging time. This reflects the project as a whole.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Visiting it in person, even though it was mostly seen through car windows. I simply enjoy its presence in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I went there as a visitor to see this crazy abandoned homes art experiment and what I got was a run-down on Detroit's battle between abandoned spaces and art. I admire Tyree Guyton for his vision and his passion to educate people on housing and art and to make beauty where there is 'blight'. I love the experimentation, expansion and repetition. It is powerful and amazing as art and education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Detroit.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's ability to surprise and inform.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I met Tyree and he seemed like a very humble and driven guy. This project is the kind that makes you want to vollunteer your time and energy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay staff to upkeep the exhibits, grounds and property.

Ways to make it better...

it wasn't raining... maybe add stepping stones or a path through the grass.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Heidelberg is like nothing I have EVER experienced before! It is such an amazing project with a WONDERFUL story and purpose. I was able to meet the artist Tyree Guyton and he was amazing! He actually invited me to participate and paint some dots on some of the projects! That was my highlight of visiting Detroit. I absolutely LOVE all of the creativity and out of the ordinary things within this project. Mr. Guyton takes everyday things that people would throw away and makes them into a beautiful artwork with a purpose. He is extremely talented and has such a great idea and goal. If you have not experienced the Heidelberg project yet, you are missing out. I highly recommend it to ANYONE.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, friendly, and dedicated to their work.

Ways to make it better...

I never had to leave the Heidelberg Project! It's such a magical place!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the approval from those that do not see Heidelberg as art!

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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