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February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

My fiance and I had traveled out to Detroit for a wedding. It was our first visit to Detroit and the groom told me to check out The Heidelberg Project. As we approached the neighborhood, we parked and started wandering around the exhibit. My fiance noticed a man sweeping the streets and performing some yard maintenance so she went over to ask a few questions. Well, the person was Tyree Guyton and he spent the next few hours of his day walking around with us explaining details of the exhibit and answering every question she and I had for him. He was a very impressive person from the way he carried himself to the ideas and artistic expressions he had created in such a desolate area. We met other volunteers around the neighborhood that were just as friendly and helpful as Tyree. The exhibit to me was amazing, to see someone put that much time and effort into their own neighborhood so that the people of the area had something to be proud of was simply awesome. Detroit is struggling and the area around the exhibit is as poor and desolate as I have seen in the U.S.A., but the exhibit brought an aura to the area that puts visitors at ease and is a beacon of hope in a city that is desperate for optimism. As we left the area I could tell that my fiance had just taken her first walk through a poverty stricken area and she was amazed at the kindness of the locals and how one idea could provide so much life to area that would normally seem dead to a visitor like ourselves. The attitude and ideas expressed in the exhibit are the type of ideals the USA needs right now in order to pull itself out of this economic crisis. Tyree Guyton is one solid man running one incredible non-profit.

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

The political statements made by the artists and the optimism that flowed from one of the poorest areas I have been to in the USA.

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

creative, eager to provide information and eternally optimistic while being realist.

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

Help revitalize inner city Detroit. Not just physically but mentally too.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 11, 2010

The hair industry in Detroit is very active and creative, so we thought the Heidelberg Project was a great way for us to take off a Saturday of working in the salons to share some of the creative hair artistry to the street festival. The Heidelberg Project supplied us with everything we needed and was very professional in presenting their event. We would love to work with them again.

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

the way they executed the events for the Heidelberg Project. There were several activities planned and the schedule went like clock-work. The pre-production meetings were helpful and they were prepared for every small detail.

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

Have a bigger facility to work with. They need more space to serve the community.

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

The staff - they were a pleasure to work with. Everyone worked as a team and had a good time interacting with each other.

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

from all types of cultures and backgrounds - and they all seemed to love art and the art culture.

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

change the world.

Ways to make it better...

The weather was a little cooler (it was in the 90's). That, of course, was out of the Heidelberg Project's control. I believe the city of Detroit could have gotten more involved, by providing electrical power, water and other items for the participants.

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

the available budgets to operate. They make the best of what they receive, but they could have a bigger impact on Detroit.

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

I really hope that enough people see and believe in their vision.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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The Heidelberg Project has really helped to broaden my definition of art as expression and service. So often, money is poured into artful expression that only hangs in museums that are frequented by members of a privileged part of our society, and therefore only serves to entertain this privileged class. The Heidelberg Project, however, has not only in some ways redefines the concept of breathtaking artwork, but has simultaneously transformed an entire community in Detroit.

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

awesome. inspiring. generous. forward-thinking.

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

absolutely transform the City of Detroit and the lives of children. Art programs could be funded; children would be out of the streets. The unemployment rates would drop because Heidelberg would give people jobs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 10, 2010

Hi: My friends and I have been to Heidelberg about four times (from Canada). The last time was to see the fantastic brick work and the sundial. We will be returning in Spring. The enthusiasm of the artists is wonderful. Have a great Winter.....

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

visiting the site

Ways to make it better...

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

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

chatting with the artists

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

awesome; especially the "sun dial" artists who were there at the site

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

revitalize the entire area - not just with artwork but with up-dated homes and parks

Ways to make it better...

there were more people available to chat with about the various works

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

publicity - getting the word out

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

keep on trying

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have been to visit Tyree Guyton and his Heidelberg many times over the last twenty years. It is my "go to place" when out of town company visits our city. During Thanksgiving 2009 weekend, I scheduled a fun Detroit day and again brought down my family. After a visit to the Avalon Bakery, we drove to HP. Tyree greeted us warmly and invited my son, Zak to paint a polka dot on his house. Huge honor! We took lots of photos and felt like it was a real big honor to be present during this historical opportunity. My guests were blown away by the experience of visiting this living and breathing tribute to creativity. As much as I love it and appreciate the artful and political statements he makes, I have to say, having my son be part of this Detroit legacy will never leave my soul. Thank you to Tyree, Sharon and all the other artists who are inspired by outsider art...Heidelberg is a gift our city gives to everyone who takes the time to really see Detroit.

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

Driving from desolate to colorful, from crack house to cranberry polkadots and vaccum cleaner cemetary... I am personally inspired and my spirits are always elevated after a trip downtown to visit HB

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

Seeing Tyree create the space and watching children with huge eyes of wonder acknowledge its beauty

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

Full of heart!

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

Subsidize artist internship programs in the Detroit schools. Art Tour bus opportunities... from various locations... with a video of Tyree talking about his work - books, brochures, commercials on tv.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

In my opinion, the Heidelberg Project has created a new definition of "urban art" Tyree Guyton has taken a run-down block in Detroit which looked like any other dilapidated city street and with simple materials has transformed it into a world renowned art scene. It is a place of great beauty in a broad and worldly sense. Indeed, Tyree Guyton and Heidelberg is known and respected internationally. Heidelberg is both a symbol and reality of what can emerge from the ordinary to the extraordinary when talent, energy and purpose combine. The Heidelberg Project has given hope and a new concept of beauty to the City of Detroit. It has inspired many, young and old to see their surroundings and their city in a new and creative way. Thousands of people have learned and grown as a result of their contact with Heidelberg.

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

SEEING IT

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

DEDICATED

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

EDUCATE ALL THE CHILDREN IN METRO DETROIT AREA

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Detroit is an area that is overrun by so much crime and community detachment. The Heidelberg Project allows for community members to use creative skills to make connections with others, solve problems, and help construct not destruct their own environment. The process of using objects that have been disposed of and bringing them back to life in a completely new form could be used as a metaphor for lessons that the participants could be learning in society.

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

Bring deceased areas of Detroit back to life with residencies, studios, classes, and workshops for the creative community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

The Heidelberg project shows how art can make a difference. The engery of the volunteers and the creativity of the project I always find inspiring.

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

Fantastic!

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

Change more than just one small corner it could change the entire area!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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