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The Heidelberg Project

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Visual Arts

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I drive through here often...I love what it stands for. I f ever someone has never been I take them there. It kills me that the city demolished some of these homes. The message is inspiring. The whole idea is inspiring. To be honest I really just want to be apart of it.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.