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The Heidelberg Project, Detroit

The Heidelberg Project, located in Detroit’s East Side is a community organization which aims to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods in Detroit through art.

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 The  Heidelberg Project is  located in Detroit’s East Side. This community organization, founded in 1986, aims to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods in Detroit through art. The most visible element of the organization’s work are everyday discarded objects used to create a two-block area full of color and intrigue. The pieces are thought-provoking, bringing houses and found objects to life and challenging the under-resourced and blighted surroundings.

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I'm so glad to see this up as an inspiration-- it's where my mind jumped first when I started daydreaming about this challenge. I rode on a critical mass bike ride through Detroit in summer of 2010, and as we turned the corner onto the street the Heidelberg project is on my face just completely lit up, as did the faces of those around me. All the out-of-towners were delighted by the amazing art we were surrounded by, and you could tell the local Detroit folks had a real sense of pride about it. I think that's a sign of true vitality.