THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT
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.
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.
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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Donor & We viewed the exhibit and donated money to expansion and maintenance of the Project.