Detroit gets a bad rep nowadays but I wanted to show a little hometown pride and tell you about some cool stuff the city is doing.
Graffiti, creative expression and taking pride in our turf is all part of being a girl gang. I'm oftentimes reminded of a project started a few years ago in Detroit that had me thinking about how to show love and appreciation for a city that has had it's share of obstacles.
The Heidelberg Project is an open-air art environment on Detroit’s East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue.
The Heidelberg Project is about taking a stand to save forgotten neighborhoods. It's about helping people think outside the box and it's about offering solutions. It's about healing communities through art.
The focus of the Heidelberg Project is rooted in the need to improve the under-resourced and horribly blighted Detroit community where the project was founded.
The HP works with neighborhood children to educate them on art, community and environment. They offer another view, another perspective - to positively change the environment the children see every day. In the process, we help build self-esteem, encourage cooperation and foster a sense of pride in their community.
I love that the foundation is pushing the limits of art to show the community that creative expression comes in all shapes & sizes
To learn more about the Heidelberg Project, visit http://www.heidelberg.org/
Peace & Love,