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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.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kelvin Russell

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Great projects to revitalize a community that is stricken by blight properiies. I applaud The Heidelberg Project for the great work they do to bring a community back to life.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I love driving and walking through the Heidelberg Project at least once a season- because it always changes and because the weather impacts the art. Whenever I have friends come into town to visit, the Heidelberg Project is on the list of places I'm sure to take them to get a feel for Detroit. They are always amazed! Once, a friend was visiting from Sweden and I took here there. Tyree was there working on a project and asked us to help- very memorable!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tyree, Jenenne and the Heidelberg Project are one of Detroit's teasures, one that we share with the world. The language of art surpasses all barriers and speaks volumes about life and the way we live it. The Heidelberg Project challenges each of us who engage in it to rethink our social and economical judgements. It validates our varied cultures and backgrounds and asks us to consider and rethink our priorities. It invites those of all ages and levels of understanding to see that we each have a job to do, we are important as individuals and our comments and actions do matter. Here is a project that has thoughtfully provoked and engaged a world audience...and it started with a kid, a paint brush and some paint.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been visiting Heidelberg for over ten years now and each time it's different and amazing. The last time we went I was with my eight year old daughter who was able to meet and hang out with Tyree and contribute to the project by painting. While we were there Tyree educated her about the project. She then went back and shared her story with her class and many others. It was a unique experience in which she and I will not forget. We look forward to our next visit soon!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.....

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.