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May 4th, 2017

Heidelbergology is on view through May 13th, Number House to be closed May 14-28th

Number House

The last day to see Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective is Saturday, May 13th!

Stop by the Number House this weekend and next to see this collection of more than 100 photos from the HP archives. The Number House will be open Thursday-Saturday from 12-5 p.m. 

Just a heads up, our gift shop and gallery inside the Number House will be CLOSED May 14th - 28th. As always, the outdoor art environment will be open rain or shine!

April 1st, 2017

Thank you for supporting our vision for Heidelberg 3.0

We are so inspired by our large family of supporters from all over the world who are helping to make our vision for Heidelberg 3.0 a reality. Thanks to you, we will begin phase one of the construction project this spring!

Shout out to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, our international donors in Denmark, France, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, our friends and supporters in Michigan, Maryland, Missouri, Vermont, Virginia, Kentucky, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois, Washington, Florida, Georgia, and all of our other friends and supporters both near and far.

Thank you for your support in kicking off the Numbers House renovation project in part of our vision for Heidelberg 3.0!

March 23, 2017

It's official: We are moving out of Midtown

Yes it's true, we are leaving our Midtown home this month after more than eight years! Our building at 42 Watson served as the administrative, meeting, gallery and studio space for the Heidelberg Project and as the residence of its founder Tyree Guyton and Heidelberg Project President Jenenne Whitfield for 8.5 years. 

“Detroit is changing. It’s neighborhoods are changing and Midtown is a prime example,” said Whitfield. “When we came to the neighborhood in 2009, the buildings around us were vacant and run-down as evidenced by the building adjacent to us. The Heidelberg Project brought an energy and a creativity that certainly contributed to the new energy that the Midtown area is experiencing today. While we made an effort to purchase the building, the realities of the market are beyond the reach of our non-profit arts organization.”

WXYZ received an inside tour of our live-work space and talked to Jenenne and Tyree to get the story behind our move.

WATCH: exclusive interview with Carolyn Clifford on WXYZ

What’s Next for the Heidelberg Project

“The Heidelberg Project is Detroit‘s own,” said Whitfield. “It is an example of our city’s rich legacy of innovation and originality.  We will bring the same funky, welcoming and innovative vibe to a new neighborhood and help make that community the next hot spot in our city.

Join us this Friday for Steppin' Out! 
Art Sale, Open Studio + More! 
Artwork by Tyree Guyton

Friday, March 24: Artist Reception 6 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: Open Studio, Art Sale 12 - 6 p.m.
& Sunday, March 26: Closing / Disassembly 12 - 6 p.m. 

42 Watson Street, Detroit 48201 | RSVP on Facebook!

As part of our farewell to Midtown, we invite you to join us at our special event and alley exhibition called Steppin' Out, a celebratory nod to the installation next door to 42 Watson known as Giant Steps. 

“My hope is that the Midtown community will embrace and support our next step by purchasing one of the shoes,” said Tyree Guyton. “My MO is to transform blight and decay into something magical and engaging.  It was very moving for me to see so many people enjoying this installation.”

The event will also feature a meet and greet with Tyree Guyton and a tour of his studio, all to take place Friday March 25 from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. with a special guest DJ, Saturday March 26 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Stepping Out is a collaboration between the Heidelberg Project and Inner State Galleries, Detroit’s premier gallery for local and international artists. 

March 13th, 2017

Join us at our Office x Studio Open House

We invite you to join us at our funky open house treasure hunt taking place at 42 Watson on Thursday and Friday from 11-4. Items for sale will include artworks and artifacts from Tyree Guyton's personal collection, office and art supplies, furniture, as well as other odds and ends. Visit our events page on Facebook for more details. No phone calls please and no early birds!


March 9th, 2017

We are hiring a Grants Manager and Writer

Visit our employment page for additional details.

March 1st, 2017

Heidelberg Project announces new leadership

Detroit’s iconic Heidelberg Project announces new leadership as the organization continues toward its new vision called Heidelberg 3.0.

“The time is right for Jenenne to lead the Heidelberg Project and take this organization to the next level,” Guyton said in a statement. “Community organizing, building local and national partnerships, and helping to build a dynamic board are just a few of Jenenne’s strengths that make her the best candidate for the job. I look forward to watching our vision of creating a self-sustaining cultural village unfold.”

In addition to announcing Jenenne Whitfield's new role as President and CEO of the Heidelberg Project site, the HP welcomes four new members to join the Heidelberg Project's Board of Directors.

READ MORE from The Detroit News:


February 15th, 2017

Motor City's Guggenheim: Finding the energy of Detroit on Heidelberg Street

Article by Shima Sadaghiyani via The Michigan Daily

"More than just a street, more than just an outlandish project, Heidelberg is an inspiration; its effect on the surrounding residents is distinctive from the experiences of those who drive in for a day solely to view the street’s infamous chaos."

Read the full story here

February 1st, 2017

Tyree Guyton to take part in 2017 Monument Lab exhibition

Mural Arts Philadelphia announces the roster of 22 artists, hailing from Philadelphia and from locations around the world, who will create temporary public art in 10 locations across the city for Monument Lab this fall. This year’s exhibition asks participating artists to answer the question “What makes a monument in the 21st Century?”

Read more here

Photo by Steve Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia

January 27th, 2017

Thank you for supporting our vision for Heidelberg 3.0

Hooray - Thanks to you, we are within reach of our goal of raising $100,000 to preserve the iconic Numbers House. We are excited to share the good news with you that the new roof tarp is up at Numbers to protect the structure through winter and prepare it for renovation this spring. 

Together, we’ve raised more than $67,000 to date and with your help we can begin construction on Numbers to secure the legacy for generations! Show some love and help us spread the word about Heidelberg 3.0. Remember that you’re doubling your impact for every dollar you help us raise thanks to the Erb Family Foundation’s generous 1:1 matching support. 

January 2nd, 2017

Numbers House renovation project to kick off this spring with your support

Read the full story here

December 28th, 2016

Stir It Up: 30 years of the Heidelberg Project

Metrotimes Article by Larry Gabriel

During a conversation with Whitfield and Guyton, they explained that the Heidelberg Project isn't going to disappear, but that it will evolve into what they call Heidelberg 3.0. In addition to being a clever play on its 30th anniversary, the designation is about taking it to the next level. The vision is that of a cultural village that somewhat institutionalizes the ever evolving installation.

Read the full story here


Larry Gabriel, Metrotimes

December 22nd, 2016

Just a few days left to double your impact in 2016

We are almost halfway to our goal of raising 100k to renovate and preserve the iconic Numbers House and are looking forward to launching phase one of our renovation project next Spring. With your support we can make it happen!

Visit our fundraising page to show some love and to claim your special edition perk today. Thanks to the generous dollar-for-dollar match program from our friends at the Fred A. and Barbra M. Erb Family Foundation, your support has double the impact. Will you help us make the match?

December 12th, 2016

Join us at our Winter Solstice event!

Join the event via Facebook here:

Meet us at Heidelberg and Mount Elliot for our annual Winter Solstice event on Wednesday, December 21st. We are celebrating the shortest day and the longest night of the year with an ancestral bonfire and community offerings of warmth!

In lieu of community offerings of warmth, we are collecting new and gently used winter hats, gloves, scarves, coats and socks for those in need. If you would like to drop off your contribution before the event, please deliver to the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) during regular gift shop hours: Thursday-Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

This event is coordinated by Lisa Rodriguez and is part of Thirty Months of Heidelberg, a series of celebratory experiences and events in conjunction to the 30-year anniversary of the Heidelberg Project. Thirty months of Heidelberg is supported in part by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Interested in lending a hand at the event? Please contact our HP Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Paige via email at or by phone at (313) 974-6894.

December 6th. 2016

State House designates December as Heidelberg Project month

Detroit-based artist Tyree Guyton Honored for 30 Years of Changing Lives Through Art

LANSING —The Michigan House of Representatives honored Detroit-based artist Tyree Guyton and the Heidelberg Project today with a resolution declaring December 2016 Heidelberg Project Month in Michigan

Rep. Leslie Love (D-10) presented the tribute recognizing Guyton for changing the urban landscape where he grew up on Detroit’s East Side from a decaying neighborhood to one of the most recognizable living art displays in the world. 

“The colorful but massive art project incorporated not just vacant lots and abandoned homes into the project, but Guyton incorporated the street, sidewalks and trees into his mammoth art installation. Vacant lots literally became “lots of art” and abandoned houses became “gigantic art sculptures.”

Guyton and Heidelberg Project Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield issued a joint statement in accepting the tribute. 

“Words cannot express our true appreciation for this tribute.  We are deeply grateful to Representative Leslie Love for acknowledging and honoring the effort we have made in our city for the last thirty years.  As conversations about race, inclusion, and equity persist, we believe that this tribute exemplifies Detroiters’ contributions to our city’s resurgence.  We plan to continue our work and look forward to partnering with city, civic and business leaders to help take the Heidelberg Project to an even greater level with Heidelberg 3.0.

Founded in 1986, The Heidelberg Project is a Detroit-based community organization that has used art as a catalyst to breathe life into the community, transforming detritus into public, outdoor art installations. Celebrating 30 years of excellence in 2016, the Heidelberg Project is commemorating each year with a month-long series of community events to preserve the legacy and lay the groundwork for Guyton’s new groundbreaking vision, Heidelberg (HP) 3.0.

Announced in August, Heidelberg 3.0 is a new direction to transform the Heidelberg Project from an art installation driven by one man into a thriving arts and culture village.  In October, Guyton announced a campaign to restore the iconic “Numbers House,” one of only two original Heidelberg Project houses still standing.  HP 3.0 is expected to evolve as the Heidelberg Project continues engaging the City of Detroit, neighborhood residents and stakeholders along with its generous supporters and partners.

December 1st, 2016

Take a behind the scenes look at Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective

Join us for a Curator Talk with HP founder Tyree Guyton and HP Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield on Saturday, December 10th.

On view at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Numbers House (3632 Heidelberg), Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective presents a study of the 30-year transformation of the Heidelberg Project while celebrating the life and works of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton. The exhibition unveils a collection of images (1986 - present) including more than 80 photos from the archives -- many of which have never been released to the public.

The Curator Talk is to take place on Saturday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. and additional details can be found on our Facebook page here. The POST-HAB gallery is open Thursday -- Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m. Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective on view at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Numbers House (3632 Heidelberg) through April, 2017.

This exhibition is part of Thirty Months of Heidelberg, a series of celebratory experiences and events in conjunction to the 30-year anniversary of the Heidelberg Project. Thirty months of Heidelberg is supported in part by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Questions? Contact HP Programming Manager via email at or via phone at (313) 974-6894.

Join the event via Facebook here:

November 29th, 2016

Many thanks for your support on this Giving Tuesday

Thanks to your support, the Heidelberg Project is almost halfway to its goal of raising 100k to renovate and preserve the iconic Numbers House, one of only two original structures still standing.

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs got us started with a generous $22,500 grant. And we’ve raised over $12,000 from individual online donations like yours through this campaign and in-person donations from visitors to the Heidelberg Project. And thanks to our friends at The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation who have decided to match each contribution dollar-for-dollar, we have raised a grand total of just over $47,000 to date. We are so thankful for your contributions.

As part of our Giving Tuesday campaign, will you help us spread the word by sharing our campaign to your Facebook page or Twitter. The Numbers House is in need of major structural repairs, including a new roof, new plumbing and bathroom fixtures, electrical re-wiring, new windows and more. Help us celebrate thirty years of Heidelberg history by securing our future generations.

Thank you again for all you do for the Heidelberg Project and Happy Giving Tuesday!

Jenenne Whitfield
Executive Director
Heidelberg Project

November 28th, 2016

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!

On this Giving Tuesday, be part of Heidelberg Project history by helping us restore the iconic Numbers House, one of only two original structures still standing. Give back to the Heidelberg Project to celebrate 30 years of transforming lives through art and help secure our legacy for generations!

The Numbers House is the operational heartbeat of the Heidelberg Project. It’s funky, cool and eclectic but it’s also falling apart. We need a new roof, plumbing and bathroom fixtures, electrical re-wiring, new windows and more.

We’re calling on all our friends, old and new to help us renovate the Numbers House as part of our vision for Heidelberg 3.0. And thanks to the generous dollar-for-dollar match program from our friends at The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, your support has double the impact.  

By helping us secure the Heidelberg Project’s legacy for another 30 years, you can also own a piece of Heidelberg history by claiming one of our exclusive Project Perks.

November 20th, 2016

A note from HP Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield via Crains Detroit guest blog:

Read Jenenne's guest blog VIA Crains Detroit here:

It's time for Detroit to have a Heidelberg 3.0

Here's why the Heidelberg Project matters to the future of Detroit. When I first drove down Heidelberg Street in June 1993, I asked the artist: "What is all of this?" I was procrastinating about going back to work as a loan officer at then-Michigan National Bank; Tyree Guyton invited me to get out of my car and "check it out." One year later, I found myself blowing the dust off of an old computer to help him respond to correspondence he was receiving from all over the world.

As a businesswoman on the rise, I was surprised by my newfound diversion and realized that something had awakened in me that I hadn't felt since I was a child. From the start, it was challenging. Controversy, bulldozers and 12 arson attacks in recent years could all be viewed as innovation in the making, right? As you may have read more recently, plans call for dismantling the current iteration of the project, and conversations are underway for existing works to be placed in a collection or exhibition at one or more of the major museums in town. Meanwhile, though, the art is making room for a new, more comprehensive vision for which we are rallying support.

As we approached our 30th anniversary, we wondered what the Heidelberg Project's future would hold. We found ourselves grappling with the question, is the Heidelberg Project relevant to Detroit's changing landscape? A comment by one patron always plays in my mind. "There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world."

Today, the success of the HP and Tyree Guyton's vision can be validated. But, just as the city of Detroit is changing, so are the narrative and landscape of the HP. Based upon the successes that Tyree began 30 years ago, the HP is poised to transform from an arts installation driven by one man into an arts community that calls for the participation of many. This is what we call Heidelberg 3.0, an idea that can foster an expansive new future for the HP that builds new alliances with residents, artists, local universities, community groups, and government municipalities, all of whom can assist in building a new community of excellence through the arts.

Historically, Detroit can stake claim on being a city of innovators that led the nation with startups, game-changing inventions and economic vitality. Today, art and unconventional thinking have become essential elements for healthy growth in a city that is now taking great leaps forward. And, true to our history, it is reasonable to think that the rise of Detroit can pave the way for renewal in other cities around the nation.

The Heidelberg Project is a game-changing invention in the 21st century. For 30 years, it has brought diverse people together, serving as inspiration for a generation of innovators in Detroit and across the world.This original, ever-changing outdoor art environment embodies what is special and fascinating about our city. It may be popular to replicate the successes of other cities, but I believe that we will be much further ahead (and happier) if we look within and give Detroiters an opportunity to be part of the comeback that they have fought for.

The Heidelberg Project is important to Detroit because for 30 years it steadfastly reminds us of our originality, our innovation, our grit and our resilience. As conversations about equity and inclusion and how we rise together as a city endure, the Heidelberg Project is not only relevant but a critical example of how embracing our own can change the game! In essence, we are striving for Heidelberg 3.0 to be a new vision (with some of the old for historic purposes) that is embraced and served by a wider constituency.

October 24th, 2016

Great News! Erb Family Foundation to match donations 1:1

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation is to match donations dollar for dollar, up to $75,000 to support the Numbers House renovation project.

It’s our time!  We’re calling on all our friends, old and new, to help us restore The Numbers House.  It’s so cool, funky and eclectic but it’s also falling apart. Your support is needed to secure the legacy of the Heidelberg Project for future generations.  Let’s begin our investment in the community with the Numbers House.

Visit our fundraising page to show your support and to claim your special edition bumper sticker, note card set, vintage pak and Tyree Guyton original print today. We are getting there and YOU will make the difference!

October 10th, 2016

Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective to open at POST-HAB gallery

Opening to the public on Friday, October 21st at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg), Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective takes us on a journey through time with a collection of photographs taken throughout the 30-year span of the Heidelberg Project.

Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective presents a study of the 30-year transformation of the Heidelberg Project while celebrating the life and works of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton.  The exhibition unveils a collection of images (1986 - present) including more than 60 photos from the archives -- many of which have never been released to the public.

The 30-year photo retrospective will feature images of a young Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey during the beginning stages of the Heidelberg Project, as well as iconic Heidelberg Project installations (both past and present) including works that were destroyed by recent fires and the 1991 and 1999 demolitions led by the city of Detroit.

Heidelbergology: a 30-year photo retrospective debuts with an open house mixer on Friday, October 21st at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) from 5:30 -8:30 PM. Heidelbergology, a 30-year photo retrospective is on view through April, 2017. The POST-HAB gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m.  

Heidelbergology is curated by HP Programming Manager Margaret Grace. This exhibition is part of Thirty Months of Heidelberg, a series of celebratory experiences and events in conjunction to the 30-year anniversary of the Heidelberg Project. Thirty months of Heidelberg is supported in part by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

October 3rd, 2016

Your support is needed to secure the legacy of the Numbers House!

Heidelberg 3.0, a vision to create a self-sustainable arts community in the Heidelberg Project neighborhood is beginning to take shape. Today, Tyree Guyton and the Heidelberg Project announced a fundraising campaign to restore the iconic “Numbers House.”  In all, Guyton has created twenty house installations over 30-years with the Heidelberg Project and only two remain, the Dotty Wotty House and the Numbers House.

The Numbers House is the operational and functional heartbeat of the Heidelberg Project, a community center that hosts youth and neighborhood workshops, up and coming artist exhibitions and houses the Heidelberg Project’s gift shop. Despite that, the Numbers House rests on shaky ground, with no plumbing, bad electrical work and a hole in the roof.  

“The entire structure needs a makeover and the time is so perfect to do something radical once again,” said Tyree Guyton. “Getting people to work together collectively is what we need to take this to the next level.” 

In order to take the first step toward making the Heidelberg 3.0 vision a reality, Guyton and the Heidelberg team are calling on the community to invest in the future of the community by kick starting the transformation of Numbers.  “For thirty years the Heidelberg Project has been an arts installation driven by one man,” said Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield.  "We believe that the time is right for a consortium effort driven by the entire community to build on this legacy.”

The fundraising campaign will provide for essential renovations to secure the physical structure and spirit of the Numbers House. That work will include:

  • Roof replacement
  • Plumbing installation to provide running water, functional restrooms and sinks
  • Repair and replacement of water-damaged ceiling and walls to protect the art and exhibits
  • Replacement of broken windows
  • Renovation of the upstairs level to create suitable space for a studio and artist in residence program
  • Essential upgrades to the lighting and electrical systems of the house

A broad range of donation levels are outlined on the fundraiser homepage along with corresponding donor rewards including bumper stickers, vintage paks and even original Tyree Guyton prints. To learn more about Heidelberg 3.0 and find out how you can help preserve the legacy please visit

Read more via Detroit news here:

September 13th, 2016

Join us on Sunday, September 25th for a Movie Night on Heidelberg street!

Meet us at the Dotty Wotty House (3600 Heidelberg) on Sunday, September 25th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for a Movie Night on Heidelberg street!

A special outdoor film screening of the vintage Emmy Award winning HBO documentary Come Unto Me: The Faces of Tyree Guyton (1999) will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary food and beverages at the event and learn more about Heidelberg 3.0 as we answer questions in regards to the next phase of the Heidelberg Project!

We are hosting a *FREE community raffle for 48207 residents* that will take place before the movie at 7:00 p.m. One lucky winner will walk away with a brand new bike donated by Detroit Bikes! *Must provide proof of current 48207 residency.*

This event is open to all ages! For additional info please contact HP Programming Manager Margaret Grace via email at or by phone at (313) 974-6894.

September 7th, 2016

Tyree Guyton's Gold Street special edition print drops today via 1XRUN

Get yours now -- there are only 25 available of this special edition print by Tyree Guyton! Visit the Murals in the Market 2016 Print Suite via 1XRUN today at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Click the link for details:

August 15th, 2016

Join us at the Heidelberg Project as we celebrate in August!

Throughout the month of August, the Heidelberg Project and Tyree Guyton will partner with Inner State Gallery and fine art publisher 1xRUN to host a series of events in conjunction to Heidelberg 30 programming. Let's get this party started!

Shop Talk with the Social Club: Friday, August 19th (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Join us for a Shop talk with the Social Club featuring Detroit artists Tyree Guyton, Olayami Dabls, Carlos Nielbock and Bob Sestok. For additional information email or call 313-744-6505.

Block Party: Saturday, August 20th (5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

There is no party like a Heidelberg Block Party!

Come enjoy BBQ, live art painting from Armageddon Beach Party, tarot card readings by Chelsea Schultz from the Boston Tea Room, live music from local DJ’s, lawn games, and a 1xRUN pop-up boutique. We are hosting a FREE community raffle for 48207 residents* at the event -- one lucky winner will walk away with a brand new bike donated by Detroit Bikes! A special outdoor screening of the documentary “Come Unto Me” will cap off the evening at 9:00 p.m. This event is open to all ages! Heidelberg Project, 3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit MI

Wellness Weekend: Saturday, August 27th (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Join us for yoga at the Heidelberg Project! Stay tuned for additional details. Heidelberg Project, 3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit MI

August 14th, 2016

Photos: Tyree Guyton opens Face-ology at Inner State Gallery

See more via Detroit Free Press here:

August 14th, 2016

The Heidelberg Project to transform once again as Heidelberg 3.0 evolves

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August 13th, 2016

Tyree Guyton's 'Face-ology' opens at Inner State gallery tonight!

Opening August 13th at Inner State Gallery, Detroit’s Tyree Guyton will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Heidelberg Project with his latest solo exhibition Face-ology. This career spanning showcase features new works by the founder and creative force of the city’s most iconic public art installation.

"Face-ology is a reflection of everything that is changing about Detroit; the face of the landscape, the face of the people and even my own face.  This show also talks about the challenges we face as a nation.  I’m revealing what's underneath the face—I'm pulling off the covers," Guyton said from his Detroit studio. 

Face-ology is a new body of work that capture the faces and emotions of the community that continue to shape Guyton’s world. This work is layered with an intense and hauntingly raw ambiguity that draws you in and takes you on a journey.  Guyton’s faces have been his most iconic and most collected series throughout his career.

Join us for the artist reception from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 13th. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

August 5th, 2016

Join us at our Rain Barrel Workshop on August 27th!

Go Green Heidelberg Style! Come to learn how to assemble, install and use your rain barrel. Stay to add your own personal flair to it, because we will paint them too! RSVP by joining the Facebook event or by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Paige at: Please make sure you have room to take your completed rain barrel home!

July 25th, 2016

Get tickets to our Heidelberg 30 Fundraiser x FACE-OLOGY special collectors preview!

Only six days left to get $80 tickets for our Heidelberg 30 Fundraiser x FACE-OLOGY special collector's preview event that is taking place at Inner State Gallery on Friday, August 12th. Call the Heidelberg Project offices at (313) 974-6894 during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) to reserve your tickets for this very special event!

July 25th, 2016

Tyree Guyton's Face-ology opens to the public at INNER STATE Gallery on Saturday, August 13th!

Opening August 13th at Inner State Gallery, Detroit’s Tyree Guyton will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Heidelberg Project with his latest solo exhibition Face-ology a career spanning showcase, featuring new works by the founder and creative force of the city’s most iconic public art installation.

"Face-ology is a reflection of everything that is changing about Detroit; the face of the landscape, the face of the people and even my own face. This show also talks about the challenges we face as a nation. I’m revealing what's underneath the face—I'm pulling off the covers," Guyton said from his Detroit studio.

Face-ology is a new body of work including works on paper that capture the faces and emotions of the community that continue to shape Guyton’s world. Caricature-styled imagery that completely eludes any reference to race or ethnicity, Guyton’s faces are consistent through his bold use of colors and his signature wide-toothed grins. However, this work is layered with an intense and hauntingly raw ambiguity that draws you in and takes you on a journey. Guyton’s faces have been his most iconic and most-collected series throughout his career.

Throughout the month of August, the Heidelberg Project and Guyton will partner with Inner State Gallery and fine art publisher 1xRUN to host a series of events, beginning with a special 30th anniversary fundraising celebration and special preview on August 12th. Collectors and Heidelberg Project supporters will have first view of Face-ology which includes a block party-styled strolling buffet, drinks, a Guyton Roast and more.

The following weekend, will consist of a “shop talk” featuring Guyton and three Detroit artists including, Olayami Dabls, Carlos Nielbock and Bob Sestok with the Social Club on August 19th. August 20 features a funky Heidelberg Block Party with a 1xRUN Pop-Up Boutique. Closing out the month is a Wellness Weekend including yoga sessions and more at the Heidelberg Project on August 26th and 27th.

“We are celebrating 30 years of making social change through art in many ways,” Heidelberg Project Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield said. “We’re creating partnerships and wrapping our arms around Detroit artists and we are also making great art and promoting Detroit as THE place to buy great art. Guyton’s work is not slick and shiny, it’s raw and it’s real and that makes it great!!”

Upcoming August Line-up:

August 12th / 6:30 PM, Collector’s Preview / Heidelberg 30th anniversary celebration. This is a private ticketed event $100. Inner State Gallery, 1410 Gratiot, Detroit MI

August 13th / 7-10 PM, Public reception of Guyton’s new work Face-ology. This event is be free and open to the public. Inner State Gallery, 1410 Gratiot, Detroit MI

August 19th – 6-9 PM, Shop talk with the Social Club featuring Tyree Guyton, Olayami Dabls, Carlos Nielbock and Bob Sestok. Heidelberg Project, 3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit MI

August 20th / 5-9:30 PM Heidelberg Block Party featuring 1XRUN Pop-up Boutique
Heidelberg Project, 3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit, MI

Stay tuned . . .

Throughout his life, Guyton has been a leader in the Detroit art community, with his influence stretching around the globe, evidenced by the number of documentaries, books, museum exhibitions and speaking engagements regarding his work. Guyton has influenced countless artists through his immersive installations as well as his fierce determination to stand for art. Join us as we look back on 30 years and look forward to Guyton’s next phase.

For additional information email or call 313-744-6505.

About Tyree Guyton:
Primarily a painter and sculptor, Tyree Guyton has also been described as an urban environmental artist. He has waged a personal war on urban blight on Detroit's East Side, transforming his neighborhood into a living indoor/outdoor art gallery known as the Heidelberg Project. Through his art, Guyton has drawn attention to the plight of Detroit’s forgotten neighborhoods and spurred discussion and action.

About the Heidelberg Project:
The HP is a non-profit community arts organization whose mission is to change lives and communities through art. The HP’s theory of belief is that a community can re-develop and sustain itself, from the inside out, by utilizing its culture and creativity as the essential building blocks. The Heidelberg Project celebrates 30 years of artistic excellence in 2016.

July 6th, 2016

See Tyree Guyton at Murals in the Market September 15th - 23rd!

We are excited to announce that Tyree Guyton will be part of the 2nd annual Murals in the Market that will be taking place September 15th - 23rd! Read more here:

June 29th, 2016

The Truth Booth is coming to the Heidelberg Project on August 7

Click here for additional details!

June 29th, 2016

Heidelberg Project x Detroit Bikes present ALL ABOUT BIKES! on July 23

Join us at the ALL ABOUT BIKES! event that is taking place at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) on Saturday, July 23rd.

/// B.Y.O.B. (bring your own bike) /// and take a wild ride with a neighborhood bike tour led by Detroit artist and Heidelberg Project founder Tyree Guyton!

In collaboration with The Heidelberg Project and Detroit Bikes, this event will feature the unveiling of a funked up art bike by Tyree Guyton and the kick off of a silent auction to benefit The Heidelberg Project. We will be hosting a FREE community raffle for 48207 residents as well!

This happening is part of Heidelberg 30 ( #HP30 ): a series of celebratory experiences and events in conjunction to the 30-year anniversary of the Heidelberg Project.

THANK YOU to our sponsors for donating food + beverages + community raffle items for ALL ABOUT BIKES!
Detroit Bikes
Germack Trading Company

Interested in volunteering at this event? Contact Amanda Paige, HP Volunteer Coordinator via email at:

June 28th, 2016

Save the Date!

June 8th, 2016

Heidelberg Project resident Erma Hollingsworth Celebrates her 104th birthday!

Join us as we celebrate The Heidelberg Project’s oldest community resident, Mrs. Erma Hollingsworth who is turning 104! The Heidelberg Project is hosting a special birthday celebration for Mrs. Hollingsworth (affectionately known as Mrs. Erma) and her son Moses Reynolds who is turning 76 and happens to share the same birthday.

The event will take place at the Heidelberg Project with family and friends on Saturday, June 11th from 3 – 6 p.m.   There will be music, memories and fun.  Although the affair is mostly private, the Heidelberg Project is also welcoming other Detroit residents over the age of 90 to come out and celebrate with us.

“I’ve known Mrs. Hollingsworth my entire life,” says Tyree Guyton, “she loves crossword puzzles and still does them today.  She also loves to dance and always stressed the importance of getting an education.  She wanted me to succeed and now we want to do something special for her.”

Mrs. Erma says that she feels good, and is excited to turn 104. Her birthday wish is to meet president Barack Obama at the White House in Washington D.C. before his term is over.  She would also love to meet Oprah Winfrey. What is her secret to staying so youthful? According to Ms. Hollingsworth, “If it were up to me I’d be gone. I didn’t think I’d make it along so far! It must be God. God said to love thy neighbor, love thyself. Treat everybody like you want to be treated. Love everybody -- be kind. I think I have been kind to myself and to others.” Erma adds that her advice to young people is to “Go to school, learn what you can. Be kind to yourself and to others.”

Erma Hollingsworth was born in Swainsboro, Georgia on June 12th 1912. She then lived in Jacksonville, Florida and New York City before coming to Detroit. Ms. Hollingsworth moved to Heidelberg street in 1953 and has lived in the same house ever since.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Heidelberg Project and we’re celebrating the things and people that matter most.  “On June 11, we are honoring our seniors and remembering that without them, we would not be here,” says HP Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield.

May 3rd, 2016

STONED by Toni Nunn kicks off season III at the POST-HAB gallery!

Join us as Detroit artist Toni Nunn unveils STONED, a series of new works at the POST-HAB gallery!

Detroit artist Toni Nunn takes us on a journey of quiet contemplation of stone formations to psychedelic trips through fields of flowers via her amazing pencil and ink drawings. These small, monochromatic drawings with pops of bright, vibrant colors were inspired by collections of the 1960's and 1970's and reflect a love for nature and seeing the beauty in the simplest of all things.

"Drawing and graphite was always my first love and the methodical, meditative process helps connect me to my subject matter and my inner self" the artist explains. "Life and nature are similar concepts. Nature is the study of how life interacts within the circle of existence. When we take the time to examine the beauty of the world around us, we are able to see parallels within our own lives. One who is attuned with nature is attuned with the practice of living. All of nature moves in a spiral as do our personal lives. I find that it is important for me to spend time in nature to come back to my true self and become attuned to it's wisdom."

Born and raised in Detroit in the West Grand Boulevard area, Nunn graduated from Siena Heights University with a degree in Fine Arts for drawing and painting. Now hailing from the Heidelberg Project as the Executive Assistant of the Detroit based community organization, Toni is to be honored with a solo exhibition at the POST-HAB gallery as part of the Heidelberg Project's 30-year anniversary celebration.

STONED opens to the public with an open house mixer on Friday, May 20th at the Number House (3632 Heidelberg) from 5:30-8:30 PM. and is on view at the POST-HAB gallery inside the Number House through Sunday July 17th. The POST-HAB gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

April 15th, 2016

Check out Tyree's new website!

April 6th, 2016

It's official: The Heidelberg Project turns 30 in April!

April marks the official 30-year anniversary of the Heidelberg Project and we are so excited! What began as a curatorial intervention in an otherwise forgotten neighborhood has evolved into a 30-year case study exploring the power of art and it's ability to transform lives. We have had many ups and downs over the years and we have learned a lot along the way! After withstanding two demolitions, a trial that went all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court, and more than a dozen fires, the legacy of the Heidelberg Project stands as a reflection of the strength and resiliency of our vision. Thirty years of renewing the human spirit can now successfully translate into a blueprint to revitalize communities through art!
What time is it? The clocks have become a major theme on Heidelberg street and as we celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2016 we believe that this is a time for us to reflect on our 30-year journey of the Project and a time to think about where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going. We are looking forward to what's next so stay tuned for upcoming events and activities in celebration of HP30. Let's get this party started!

March 7th, 2016

We got the cover! Check out the story in this month's issue of B.L.A.C. Magazine

January 28th, 2016

What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work Opens at DCDT February 5th

Join us at the opening reception for What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work on Friday, Feburary 5th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT) in Midtown. This exhibit, hosted by Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design will be open February 5th - 26th at DCDT from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. DCDT is located at 4129 Woodward Avenue Detroit MI 48201.

December 18th, 2015

Happy Holidays from the Heidelberg Project!

Can you believe that 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of The Heidelberg Project? We have some big plans on deck, starting with the official launch of Heidelberg 30 (HP 30), a program celebrating 30 years of artistic excellence. To help kick off our anniversary year the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation will match all donations $1 for $1 in the month of December. We are calling on all of our friends to help us meet this challenge and start off 2016 strong!

Marking one year for each month, HP 30 will reflect on what we have accomplished throughout our 30-year journey as we build our legacy.  We will share intimate details of our amazing history of art and community, re-use and re-purpose joys and pain, triumphs and setbacks through a series of celebratory experiences and events. With your support we can make this celebration one for the record books.

We unofficially kicked off HP 30 beginning in August with “The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey” retrospective exhibition by Tyree Guyton at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Each month thereafter, we have highlighted monthly events including the Heidelberg Project’s participation in the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture in Shenzhen, China which opened December 4th. We are also working on exploring new partnerships, strengthening existing ones, and understanding what the legacy of the Heidelberg Project can be for the community. This work needs you to help make it happen!   

We will continue to highlight monthly examples of artistic excellence through February 2018, a full 30 months of all things Heidelberg.  Help us to educate future generations by bringing all of our stories and experiences to life. Click here to make a contribution to the Heidelberg Project today!

December 11th, 2015

Give $1 & the EFF will make it $2!

That's right, from now until the end of the year every $1 YOU donate, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation will donate $1, too! Donate NOW to stretch your dollar further this year!

November 16th, 2015

Detroit artist Tyree Guyton to represent U.S. at Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism in China

Detroit’s famed Heidelberg Project creator to take part in international dialogue on art & architecture, culture & community  

How can architecture and design act as catalysts for change? How can they make a place better by creating a more functional and sustainable living, working and playing environment?   

These questions are at the heart of the internationally esteemed Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism launching this month in China, and famed Detroit installation artist Tyree Guyton, representing the United States, will offer some answers. “It’s really about connecting with people,” says Guyton. “I’ll be bringing some ideas to Shenzhen and at the same time learning about the culture of this new megacity. It’s a wonderful opportunity and the timing is perfect.”  

An innovative platform for international exchange, the 2015 Biennale features a select group of 12 artists, architects and designers from around the world in an exhibition entitled “Re-Living the City." Guyton, renowned for transforming his impoverished Detroit neighborhood into a two-block-long art installation, the Heidelberg Project, was chosen as one of just four U.S. participants. He was awarded funding to collaborate on a site-specific collage that addresses the role of architecture in existing, human-made environments.  

“The fact that Tyree Guyton was plucked from Detroit to take part in this high-profile exchange of ideas speaks to what he’s done in his community that other communities are interested in,” says Jenenne Whitfield, executive director of the Heidelberg Project. “Architecture today is about so much more than creating new, concrete forms that people must conform to. Instead, we’re challenged to think about how we can create from existing culture and community.”  

Tyree Guyton has done just that for nearly 30 years with the Heidelberg Project, one of the longestrunning site-specific art installations in the country. Covering two sparsely populated residential blocks on Heidelberg Street with arresting collections of found objects and vivid paintings, the site is a Detroit landmark and tourist attraction, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from across the globe. The artist’s work has been showcased at museums worldwide, including a current retrospective at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. It also inspired the Heidelberg Project nonprofit, which has offered free arts programs to thousands of children on the street and in Detroit and suburban schools alike.  

Thirty months of exhibits, events and celebrations kicked off this fall to mark the Heidelberg Project’s upcoming 30-year anniversary in April 2016.

For details on the 2015 Shenzhen Biennale, click here.

November 9th, 2015

Special Statement from Heidelbeg Project Executive Director RE: Number House vandalism, recent break-ins

See the official press release here.

We have never done “easy” at the Heidelberg Project. What began as a curatorial intervention to create a new conversation in an otherwise forgotten neighborhood, is now regarded as one of the most influential art environments in the world. We are using art as a catalyst to tackle issues that are largely ignored. Our neighborhood doesn’t benefit from big sports teams, or amazing theatre shows. We don’t have developers in bidding wars to open new businesses. What we have are neighbors who are part of the “other Detroit” that still lacks access to the means to survive, thrive and change for the better.

As visitors from all over the world flock to see the inspiring work of Tyree Guyton, a few bad actors in our neighborhood have sought to prey upon those they perceive as more fortunate than themselves. We continue to work with the Detroit Police Department and the victims on an individual basis to turn over video surveillance footage and leads we get from our neighborhood connections. We have posted signs and warnings about securing your valuables and make sure that visitors understand the context of the area they are in. With every incident, we know that the victims get a sour taste about the Project and about Detroit and it hurts us too, deeply.

In the early morning hours of November 3rd, our Numbers House was broken into and vandalized. That day in the office, we watched the surveillance footage of four individuals kick in the door of the house that Tyree transformed to help kids learn to count. Vandals spent the next several minutes tearing apart the inside for reasons we can’t fathom. Our staff went through the stages of grief and anger not only for our losses but for the state of mind of perpetrators who felt that they had to steal joy from others. This is why our work is so important. Tyree always reminds us that we cannot heal the land until we heal the minds of the community. As we stated, our work is not easy but it is absolutely necessary!!

Through generous support from donors in 2013 we installed security cameras which aids us tremendously but the real change comes from proactive work. These circumstances helps us to understand just how important our presence is within the Heidelberg Project community. “Truth be told, we don’t know what we would do if it were not for the presence and positive activities of the Heidelberg Project,” says Moses a longtime community resident on Heidelberg Street.

Part of the mission of the Heidelberg Project is to change lives through art, but that goes beyond the creative process. Tyree makes a point of hiring from the community to help him clean and maintain the site. He engages the kids in the area and listens to them and values them in a way few others would. We encourage neighbors to engage with visitors to help them to understand the larger story that Heidelberg is a part of. We have been a part of this neighborhood, collectively for over 60 years. We understand and realize that it takes true commitment and determination not to give up just because it’s not easy. We are shifting the paradigm of this community from it’s roots. We are invested in changing it from the inside, as the outside world comes to bear witness to its success.

What we are up against:
• The McDougall-Hunt neighborhood is one of the most economically depressed areas in the city. Desperation to survive means that sometimes people chose to operate outside of the traditional economy to make ends meet.
• Visitors are sometimes lulled by the “safe” narrative of Detroit hotspots like Midtown, Downtown and the sports districts that benefit from increased police presence, and forget that the Heidelberg Project is a “renegade” destination that does not benefit from 100% support from City leaders. not aware of the dangers that are present in the neighborhood where the Heidelberg Project is located.
• Despite working with great officers who want to see top level change in the area, the Detroit Police Department is operating with limited resources to investigate these crimes.

We are doing everything we can to prevent these crimes from happening, but need your help with these efforts. If you see something, say something! Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to contact the special tip line at: 313-628-2900.

Video footage from the Number House break-in on Nov. 3rd can be found here.

October 21, 2015

The Heidelberg Project is looking for an Office Support Intern for Winter 2015/2016!

Are you interested in joining the Heidelberg Project team?

The Office Support Intern will lend support to the Heidelberg Project Team in a variety of areas, including reception, administrative duties, answering phones, performing research, and providing support to staff. Our Office Support Intern will gain experience in administrative procedures and policies in the non-profit sector. They will also gain an applicable understanding of the daily operations of a community arts organization as well as learning how to adapt to ever changing environments. The intern will have the opportunity to be directly involved in supporting and upholding the mission of an organization dedicated to changing the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Click the link below for additional details and submit your cover letter / resume to No phone calls please!

Winter 2015/2016 Office Support Intern

September 24, 2015

Join us at Hour Detroit Magazine's Savor Detroit October 5th-9th!

Hour Detroit magazine’s Savor Detroit is a five-night dinner series featuring custom menus developed by the city’s most celebrated chefs. Each night, a duo of chefs prepare a one-of-a-kind four-course meal complete with thoughtfully selected wine pairings. Guests also enjoy a cocktail hour, light appetizers, live entertainment, and an art installation by Tyree Guyton with a silent auction of his work that will benefit The Heidelberg Project!

Reserve your seats now, Monday, October 5th is already sold out, and tickets are going fast! Click the link for more details:

September 18th, 2015

See 'What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work' at GalleryDAAS!

Guyton’s new work builds on his well known Heidelberg Project addressing the social and economic adversities with which Detroit has struggled for the last fifty years. The exhibit marks a key moment of transition for Guyton as he shifts his attention from the Heidelberg Project, to which he has devoted the last thirty years, to the studio. What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work presents fifteen mixed-media wall pieces and a floor installation that reexamine some of the themes the artist has grappled with for over thirty years—the passage of time, adapting to change, the plight of the poor and disenfranchised, abuses of political power, race in America, and the paradoxes of organized religion. Some of Guyton’s iconic images, in particular his whimsical clocks and his assemblages of shoes, are given new significance as they are deployed to interrogate the nature of time and the challenges facing humanity as it moves through time.

Opening Reception: September 18, 2015, from 4–6 pm at GalleryDAAS, which is located at the ground floor of Haven Hall (505 South State Street) at the University of Michigan.

On view September 18 through November 6, 2015

Hours: Monday–Friday 1–5 pm

Artist Gallery Talk: September 24, 2015, 4–5 pm at 4701 Haven Hall

Click here to see related programs in conjunction to this exhibition!

August 22nd, 2015

See 'The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey' at UMMA!

On view August 22, 2015 through January 3, 2016 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

The Heidelberg Project has been the life’s work of artist Tyree Guyton. It is one of the largest, best-known, and longest-running site-specific art installations in the country. Occupying more than two blocks along Heidelberg Street on Detroit’s East Side, the project has transformed its neighborhood, covering abandoned houses, the street, and the surrounding area with collections of found objects and vividly rendered paintings.

Come to see The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey and join us in reflecting on what Mr. Guyton’s work has meant to the cultural life of Detroit and beyond!

UMMA is located at 525 South State Street at the University of Michigan. 

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 am–5 pm, Sunday 12–5 pm

Click here for related programs in conjunction with this exhibition!

Renowned artist Tyree Guyton honored with University of Michigan exhibitions

In celebration of renowned artist Tyree Guyton’s 30-year devotion to transforming his impoverished East-Side Detroit neighborhood into a world-inspiring outdoor art environment, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and the university’s Department of Afroamerican and African Studies’ GalleryDAAS are currently hosting exhibitions of his work.

"The Art of Tyree Guyton: A Thirty-Year Journey” at UMMA runs through Jan. 3, 2016 and features two components – a 30-year retrospective, and a site-specific work that will be created on the burned site of one of the original installations on Heidelberg Street in Detroit, home to Guyton’s massive, two-block art installation known as the Heidelberg Project. The ground-up creation of the new work can be watched live via video feed.

A related exhibition, “What Time Is It? Tyree Guyton, New Work” is on display at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) GalleryDAAS through Nov. 6, 2015. This exhibition features new works that amplify Guyton’s concentration on time as it relates to the social, political and spiritual times. The artist also introduces a new series of “Faces” painted on Plexiglas with complex layers and bold, popping color. “The times are very complex,” says Guyton. “As the clock ticks, my conscious takes me into new dimensions and my work goes deeper. I want folks to really think about the importance of time.”

On Sept. 25, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at U-M’s Helmut Stern Auditorium, Guyton and Heidelberg Project Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield will reflect on what the Heidelberg Project has meant to the culture of Detroit over the past 30 years and give the audience a glimpse of their plans for the future. Exhibition curator MaryAnn Wilkinson will offer remarks about the exhibition at UMMA and Guyton’s work within the context of the global art community.

“The 30th anniversary of the Heidelberg Project is a pivotal moment in Tyree Guyton’s career,” explains Wilkinson. “These two exhibitions bring his work to a more far-reaching audience, who may not get to Detroit, yet will have an opportunity to experience one of the world’s largest outdoor art environments. They will also have the chance to look both backward and forward, as the UMMA exhibition looks at his work from a historical perspective while the GalleryDAAS exhibition is all new work.”

Details on the U-M exhibitions can be found at and

For a schedule of related gallery and family programs and tours, visit

The Heidelberg Project is one of the longest-running site-specific installations in the country, covering abandoned homes on two sparsely populated residential blocks and even the street and trees with arresting collections of found objects and vivid paintings. Guyton’s work also inspired the Heidelberg Project nonprofit, which has offered free arts programs to thousands of children on the street and in Detroit and suburban schools alike. “I wanted to use my art in a way that would wake up the people in this community,” says Guyton.

Guyton’s story is one of resilience, tenacity and overcoming adversity. Growing up on Heidelberg Street, he was inspired by his housepainter grandfather to choose art as an alternative to the street violence and drugs that took the lives of four siblings and threatened to engulf him. Following stints as a firefighter, an automotive factory line worker and serving in the U.S. Army, Guyton studied art at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies (CCS). After being told that he did not fit in, Guyton dropped out. In 2009, CCS awarded Guyton an honorary doctorate of fine art.

Tyree Guyton’s work has been showcased locally at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of African American History, Michigan State University and other venues, as well as internationally from as far as Sydney, Australia to Romania, Japan and Russia.

“The fact that the Heidelberg Project attracts hundreds of thousands of people annually from across the globe seems like a magical tale, able to live only in the imagination of a 9-year-old boy from the challenged streets of Detroit. Yet, Guyton turned what most would dare to imagine into a living testament for the world to see, as well as an iconic international tourist attraction for Detroit,” explains Whitfield.

As the Heidelberg Project’s 30-year anniversary in April 2016 draws near, Guyton’s work is garnering increased attention in his hometown. He has been selected as Hour magazine’s featured artist for this year’s Savor Detroit, a five-night dinner series featuring Detroit’s most celebrated chefs Oct. 5-9, and the Detroit Wallpaper Co. has partnered with the Heidelberg Project to offer bold and eclectic designs from many of Guyton’s house installations, which will be revealed during this year’s Detroit Design Festival. 

“Thirty years is quite a stretch,” says Whitfield. “To honor this time, we will be celebrating 30 months of the Heidelberg Project, beginning with the opening of the UMMA exhibit, and there’s lots more to come – so stay tuned.”

April 27th, 2015

Students to transform blighted home into the House of Stars in collaboration with the Heidelberg Project

On the last Saturday in April, more than 50 people attended a community cleanup to prepare the canvas for a public art installation in collaboration with the Heidelberg Project and students at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit.

As part of the Heidelberg Project’s ACE2 program, this project will involve more than 80 K-5 students in transforming a blighted home into the House of Stars. The house, which is located at the corner of Mitchell and Willis, has been vacant for some time now and is steps away from the school. Beginning in May, students will paint stars on wood that will be used to board up the house in a creative way.

The Heidelberg Project’s House of Stars project seeks to engage students in utilizing imagination as a tool to create a different and better future for their neighborhood that reflects a shared vision of community ownership and pride.

“I think it’s important for young people to know that they don’t have to wait for superman or the city to come and fix their neighborhood" said Margaret Grace, HP Educational Programming Manager. "Our aim is to help young people realize that if you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”

The Boggs School, which opened in 2013, embraces a place-based learning model and has a mission to nurture creative, critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of their communities. Students at the school consider themselves to be solutionaries who have the power to create positive change.

January 28, 2015

U of M's Museum Studies Program Presents: Inextinguishable -- A conversation with Detroit artist Tyree Guyton

For almost thirty years, the abandoned houses that dot Detroit’s Heidelberg Street have provided the backdrop to a kaleidoscopic display of outdoor art installations that aim to inspire and provide healing to the local community.  In 2013 and 2014, a series of twelve arson fires gutted six installations on the Street, the most devastating assault on the Heidelberg Project in over twenty years.  Renowned artist Tyree Guyton has used this opportunity to re-double his efforts on the Heidelberg Project.  Debris and ash have been cleared away and new art emerges from the foundations of the burned out structures, working through the walls of charred basements, surfacing with creative new visions and voice. 

In his first major public appearance since the fires, Tyree Guyton discusses new construction on Heidelberg Street, a forthcoming history of the site, a new museum, more work with the local community, and exciting ideas for new art resulting from the fires.

The community grounded model provided by the Heidelberg Project continues to fascinate museum professionals, providing a connection from the non-collecting museums first proposed by John Cotton Dana in the early twentieth century to the socially relevant museums advocated in our own time by Stephen Weil and Elaine Heumann Gurian.

Join us for a conversation on perseverance and the creative spirit with Tyree Guyton—an icon whose flame exceeds the twelve collective arsons that were visited upon his site. 

Featured Participants:

Tyree Guyton, Artist and Creator, Heidelberg Project
Jenenne Whitfield, COO, Heidelberg Project
Larry Gant, Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work

A reception will follow along with opportunities for the audience to meet and ask questions of the artist. 

December 3, 2014

Taxi House fire update

Just after 7AM on Sunday, November 23rd, the Detroit Fire Department responded to the 12th fire at the Heidelberg Project, this time at the Taxi House on Mt Elliott. Firefighters were able to stifle the blaze and the structure is still standing. “These guys are truly Detroit’s finest," says artist and founder Tyree Guyton.  "They work hard to help protect the Heidelberg Project in the face of grave danger.  They have my utmost respect.” We thank DFD for their service, and also for the care and respect they continue to show us here at the Heidelberg Project. 

The good news is that our new security system caught the arsonist in the act. We have video confirmation of one hooded assailant pouring a substance into the back of the structure, before igniting the accelerant and fleeing. The footage accompanying this statement shows that the culprit may have suffered severe burns to his/her face and upper body after the accelerant exploded upon ignition. The ATF is reviewing all recordings, but enhancement or analysis of said footage will take time. 

As a result, we ask for your help in identifying this individual by calling the Detroit Fire and Arson Tip Line at (313) 628-2900. There is a $15,000 reward available for any information leading to an arrest and/or conviction. Security footage of the Taxi House incident can be found here. All other inquiries into the investigation should be directed to ATF Agent Donald Dawkins at (313) 202-3400. We thank the ATF for their continued involvement in this matter, and hope that their year-long commitment to this disheartening saga can soon come to a close. 

We must also extend our gratitude to the hundreds of people from near and far that helped us to fund and implement our solar-powered surveillance system. Without this system, we would have little to go on. Now, we again place our faith in the authorities to help bring an end to the destruction. Although this series of attacks is a black-eye in the face of Detroit's progress, we can only search for solutions. As the world watches, an opportunity for a new kind of civic partnership presents itself.

We are not firefighters, investigators or security experts; we are a small and dedicated group of citizens, artists, and educators who care about our city and humanity. We will continue to do everything within our own means to protect our canvas and to continue carrying out our work.


November 26, 2014

#ADetroitFilm comes to Heidelberg Street

Jordan Garland is embarking on a journey to tell a story of #Detroit like none other, one that chronicles the experiences of his generation living and growing in a city in flux.

Channel 4's Uniquely Detroit caught up with Jordan on Heidelberg Street to learn why he's taking on the challenge, and how he hopes #aDetroitFilm will impact the world's view of his hometown. 

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November 23, 2014

Arson mars Taxi House overnight

Around 7:15AM, it was confirmed that another yet Heidelberg Project home had been set ablaze overnight, marking the twelfth time an art installation in the two-block area has been senselessly burned in only eighteen months. The Taxi House, on Mt. Elliot at the end of Heidelberg Street, now bares marks of arson, but is surprisingly still standing despite its age and primarily wooden construction.

We are thankful for the hard work of the Detroit Fire Department to contain and extinguish the blaze before the entire structure was engulfed. As of now, we don't know much about the fire and are still trying to learn as much as we can. 

This fire comes only one year after a string of arson attacks destroyed four HP homes in less than one month. As we have been taking time to reflect on that chaotic period, we have been repeatedly reminded of the love we received from all of you. Thank you all for your support as we continue to face this negative force; spirits are high. We know one thing better than ever: "You can't burn a vision."

October 29, 2014

The Heidelberg Project Named to Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Landslide® 2014: Art and the Landscape

Media Contact: Nord Wennerstrom | T: 202.255.7076 | E:

A Diverse Group of Culturally Significant Sites in CA, IA, MI, NJ, NM, NY, TX and WA, Including the Frick Collection's Russell Page-designed Garden, the World's Largest L.E.D. Sculpture, Folk Art Masterworks in Urban Settings, Athena Tacha's Extant Public Commissions & the Wells Petroglyph Preserve, Threatened with Demolition, Neglect, Poor Maintenance, Vandalism and Lack of Funding

Washington, DC (October 22, 2014) – The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) today announced Landslide® 2014: Art and the Landscape – with eleven examples of land-based art from ancient to modern threatened with demolition, neglect, poor maintenance, vandalism and lack of funding. Landslide is TCLF’s annual thematic compendium of threatened and at-risk landscapes and landscape features. The eleven sites, selected from more than 100 submissions, include: the refined 70th Street Garden at the Frick Collection in New York, by the internationally significant British landscape architect Russell Page; the Bay Lights, the world’s largest L.E.D. sculpture, located in San Francisco; large-scale, handmade folk art creations in urban neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Detroit; single artist, multi-acre installations in Joshua Tree, California and Saugerties, New York; ancient rock art in the New Mexico’s Wells Petroglyph Preserve; projects by Mary Miss and Robert Morris, pioneers in site-specific earth art installations; the extant body of work of the Greek-American, Washington, D.C.-based artist Athena Tacha; and others. Narratives about all the sites accompanied by newly commissioned photographs are available on TCLF’s Web site(  The announcement was made at an event in New York at the studio of artist Marylyn Dintenfass. Landslide is made possible by Presenting Sponsor The Davey Tree Expert Company, Education Partner the American Society of Landscape Architects and Media Partner Landscape Architecture magazine.

Landslide first issued in 2003, has highlighted more than 200 significant at-risk parks, gardens, horticultural features, working landscapes and other places that collectively embody our shared landscape heritage.

“The interrelationship of art and the landscape has yielded diverse, historically significant and irreplaceable representations of our cultural identity; however, they are often fragile, overlooked and threatened,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF Founder and President.

The sites on Landslide 2014: Art and the Landscape:


About The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a 16-year-old non-profit foundation that provides people with the ability to see, understand and value landscape architecture, its practitioners and our shared landscape legacy, in the way many people have learned to do with buildings and their designers. Through its Web site, lectures, outreach and publishing, TCLF broadens the support and understanding for cultural landscapes nationwide to help steward this heritage for future generations. TCLF makes a special effort to heighten the awareness of those who impact cultural landscapes, assist groups and organizations working to increase the appreciation and recognition of cultural landscapes, and develop educational tools for young people to better connect them to their cultural landscape environs.


October 11, 2014

Tyree and volunteers build tribute to the House of Soul and a fallen friend

On Saturday, September 27th, the Heidelberg Project founding artist, Tyree Guyton, and dedicated volunteers will build a tribute installation to the House of Soul, which was lost to arson fire late last year. Beginning at 9 AM, the construction of the memorial will continue until completion. 

The installation will commemorate securing the legacy, a “Rising from the Ashes”, for the Heidelberg Project. With fire clean-up at 95% completion, the organization is moving on through new creation. The installation will stand as a symbol of resiliency and belief in the power of community and art to heal heartbreak.

Constructed to resemble a house frame, this open-air art installation will be approximately the same size as the original House of Soul. The frame will be augmented with re-purposed material and remnants of Heidelberg Project homes forever lost to fire. Mixed with records and other junk-turned-art at Guyton’s hand, the structure will honor what we wash up through our tides.

The House of Soul memorial will then be replicated as part of a traveling art exhibit of Guyton’s work, procured by the University of Michigan Museum of Art in the summer of 2015. 

Architects Douglas Woodward and Pierre Robertson have aided the Heidelberg Project site development manager, Trista Dymond, and site designer, Jessica Kezlarian, with the actualization of the installation’s design. Also supporting the build through material acquisition and overall support is Chrysler engineer and Local 412 UAW Joint Activity Representative, Joe Auito. “Our Local participates in numerous community service projects and we are excited to be able to work on this Heidelberg Project Art installation,” said Auito. “Our members are dedicating their time and manpower to celebrate the memory of one of our beloved Local officers and members, Arthur Asberry.  Art would have been the first one to support this project, along with the dozens of other projects that he devoted his life to.” 

As the team builds from the ground up, the Heidelberg Project encourages friends to join in energizing this special event - for the city, for the community, and for oneself. The day will also serve as a celebration of the HP’s core volunteers, and offers the final participatory art projects of the summer. While groups at the build site decorate Heidelberg-style skate ramps, they’ll also have a live feed of the children’s version of the House of Soul reconstruction taking place as part of the Detroit Design Festival’s Youth Innovation Center!

The House of Soul site is located at 3600 Heidelberg St. Detroit, MI 48207.


October 8th, 2014

Erb Family Foundation Awards the HP $125,000 in Operational, Matching Grants

Contact: Katie Hearn (313)974-6894 |

Detroit, Michigan (October 8, 2014).  After an emotionally and financially taxing year and a half, the Heidelberg Project (HP) is set to receive much needed funding for bolstering organizational capacity. In light of extreme security expenditures and dwindling arts and culture funding in the region, the Erb Family Foundation continues to stand with the HP to ensure that the organization continues its important work.

The Heidelberg Project will receive a $50,000 direct grant, in addition to a one-to-four matching grant. This means that for every four dollars contributed by donors, the Erb Family Foundation will donate an additional dollar to help the HP expand its funding base.  Additionally, other foundation grants are deemed eligible for up to $25,000 of the match, making the challenge more obtainable within one year.  It’s an excellent incentive for individual donors, corporations, and foundations alike.

“We are especially thankful to the Erb Family Foundation,” says Heidelberg Project Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield. “Not only are they our largest funder, but each year they have increased their investment in the HP. They were the first major foundation to step up to the plate in 2009, but they also do their homework. Jodee Raines has her boots to the ground and pays attention to the work we do," Whitfield notes. "I think when foundations invest at this level, they are in a position to share what they learn with others in their field. The Heidelberg Project organization is committed to integrity, transparency and doing good work and we are deeply appreciative that the Erb Foundation recognizes and rewards our effort.”

Now in a fifth consecutive year of major support, the president of the Erb Family Foundation shares his views: "The Heidelberg Project represents what is so promising about our city; it was born of persistence, determination and creativity," explains John Erb. "We believe the Heidelberg Project is an important and unique cultural asset that has helped transform the way people see the city of Detroit."

Support from the Erb Family Foundation will help the Heidelberg Project continue building its internal capacity, which makes programming and community engagement possible. Funding will also assist with the HP’s larger vision of sustaining the canvas and securing its legacy for generations to come.

The Heidelberg Project is a 501 (c) 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of their greater community. Find us on

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation’s mission is to nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metro Detroit, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes basin. The Foundation is focused on improving water quality, especially in the watersheds impacting metro Detroit and Bayfield, Ontario; promoting environmental health and justice; and supporting the arts as a means to strengthen the metropolitan Detroit region.

October 1, 2014

Inner State Gallery Presents Tyree Guyton “SPIRIT”

A Revived Body of Work from the Creative Force & Founder of the Heidelberg Project

Opening to the public Friday, October 17th from 7­10pm, Inner State Gallery is proud to welcome Tyree Guyton for his first Detroit solo exhibition in five years. "Spirit", is an exhibition showcasing Guyton’s Faces In The Hood collection from the iconic Faces of God series. Each work in this collection was originally salvaged from the 1999 demolition, then stored in the War Room House, which was set ablaze after the 5th arson attack on his public installation, the Heidelberg Project.From the disrupted canvas resulting from the fire, Guyton painstakingly reimagined, reworked and renewed each piece, infusing new life and new energy. In addition to Faces In The Hood,Guyton will debut his latest collection of Faces of God, new original works on paper that were created during his year­long residency in Basel, Switzerland.

“As an artist, I felt my job was to take that which was meant to be an act of harm and destruction and create magic—new possibilities! A work that demonstrates that you CANNOT kill spirit,” Guyton said in his studio space in Midtown Detroit. “I have risen to another level of consciousness where I can see the mighty hands of Yahweh (God) in everything.”

The recent fires are not the first time that Guyton’s has dealt with adversity. Throughout the 90's, the Detroit city government battled Guyton on his larger­than­life public art installation that spans two city blocks on Detroit’s east side. Despite two demolitions, and eleven separate arson attacks over the past year and a half, Guyton proves again and again that he will not be stopped. Coined, “Detroit’s own Ghetto Guggenheim”, the Heidelberg Project draws over 275,000 people annually from over 140 countries and is recognized as a pioneer of Creative Placemaking.

“I believe that you must become the alchemist. You come to see that all things can become new again because of the spirit in you. Spirit lives in all of us to animate, to move, think, do and be," said Guyton. "This show is my way of creating, once again, something out of nothing, but nothingis something, too! I hear it, and what I hear is what I want you, the viewer, to see in this show:

Though Guyton has been a leader in the Detroit art community for 30 plus years, his reach has stretched around the globe, as evidenced by the number of documentaries, books, museum exhibitions and speaking engagements regarding his work. When asked why he chose the crew at Inner State Gallery, Guyton replied, “Because they chose me, from the right place at the right time.”

“Long before 'Street Art' was a buzz word in the current parlance of our times, Tyree Guyton was Detroit’s true Street Artist, working primarily in the public domain," explains Inner State Gallery co­founder, Jesse Cory. "There is an immeasurable amount of influence that Tyree’s work has cast on our community and today’s art world. As Detroiter’s, we could not be more excited to be participate in this journey with Tyree.”

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The welcoming artist reception will begin Friday October 17th at 7pm and will end at 10pm. The exhibition will be on view in its entirety from October 17th ­ November 15th 2014.

For an advanced collector preview, interview opportunities, media inquiries and high resolution photos, contact gallery director Jesse Cory at

Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI. 48207

About Tyree Guyton:
Primarily a painter and sculptor, Tyree Guyton has also been described as an urban environmental artist. He has waged a personal war on urban blight on Detroit's East Side, transforming his neighborhood into a living indoor/outdoor art gallery. Through his art, Guyton has drawn attention to the plight of Detroit’s forgotten neighborhoods and spurred discussion and action.

About Inner State:Inner State Gallery is Detroit’s premier art gallery for established and emerging artists, from Detroit and across the globe. Relocating to Eastern Market in 2013, Inner State Gallery has exhibited the work of local artists Glenn Barr, Camilo Pardo and Ron Zakrin as well as international street artists Nychos, Askew, Ben Frost and Meggs. The 10,000 square foot building is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist residency program, a print studio and the gallery's publishing company 1xRUN.

More information can be found at

October 1, 2014

The Heidelberg Project Presents POST-HAB with Tony Rave

“The Purge”

Detroit, Mich. (September 29, 2014) Purge of ego, selfish gain and facades leave only true self for the masses. This is Tony Rave’s mantra for his upcoming exhibition, “The Purge”, on display at the POST-HAB gallery from October 3rd through October 26th. The show debuts with a first Friday open house mixer outside the Number House, 3632 Heidelberg Street, from 5:30-8:30 PM.

The concept of “The Purge” first came to Tony as a parallel to the movie of the same title, though Tony’s version narrates a purge closer to home, and more socio-economic in nature. Exploring the power of wealth, “The Purge” not only speaks to Tony’s artistic process, but to the reality that those who possess this power are primed to profit from the city’s potential as a result. Using his iconic painted pigs, Rave will tackle the controversy of disparity in Detroit, a city on the cusp of renewal.

“It’s amusing to play with the dualities of power – examining the experience of those who have it and those who don't,” says Rave. “Why not be socially provocative? It's clear that some of us are left out and put down. ART affords us the opportunity to examine this harsh reality.” In this sense, Tony Rave’s work is an interesting conversation on the Heidelberg Project spectrum.

A native Detroiter, Tony Rave knew early on that his journey would be an artistic one. "I happen to be born the same year as the Heidelberg Project (1986) and I was born one mile south in downtown. I became familiar with art at a very early age, creating very easily and fluently at the age of five. At that point, I knew what I was going to be: an artist.”

Rave, a socially conscious creative, holds a deeply philosophical approach to his work. “It is a profound and revolutionary act to create art, even more so is to do so with no regard for the ego,” he explains. “I’m using a palette of the heart-broken and marginalized to collectively uplift all, those are the people I love.”

“The Purge” opens at the POST-HAB gallery in the Number House with an open house mixer on Friday, October 3rd, from 5:30-8:30 PM and will be on display through October 26th. The mixer will feature a live dj and free beer, courtesy of Blue Moon Brewery. The Number House is located at 3632 Heidelberg Street, Detroit, 48201.

The Heidelberg Project is a 501 © 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and improve the social and economic health of their greater community.


September 30, 2014

Cake House Fire

Photo: Detroit Free Press

Around mid-morning, we learned of another fire striking a home on Heidelberg Street, this time, the Cake House. First and foremost we are thankful that no one was injured in the fire and that the fire department was able to contain the blaze which marks the 11th suspicious fire in the area in just 16 months.

Last summer, Tyree had been approached by a neighbor who had seen individuals scrapping materials from the house and asked him if he could board it up as a measure of safety. TG did so without hesitation, adding a little Heidelberg flair to the house in the process, adorning the home with birthday cakes as a reminder to celebrate each and every day.

As the home sits outside of the two block area home to most of Tyree's art, it is not directly associated with the project. We still don't know much about this fire, but as Detroit Fire authorities continue their investigation, we ask that anyone with information contact the department directly at (313) 596-2940. The ATF continues to support this investigation as well, pledging resources and manpower as they can. Special Agent Donald Dawkins may also be reached in this regard at (313) 202-3400.


July 27, 2014

Forgotten Galaxy

Detroit, Michigan (August 25, 2013). Heidelberg Project (HP) Emerging Artist Alum Flaco Shalom makes his return to the HP as POST-HAB Co-Chair, bringing the talented James “Jimbo” Braddock along with him. As the HP’s second POST-HAB artist, Jimbo’s body of work, “Forgotten Galaxy”, will premiere on September 5th with an opening reception from 5:30-8:30PM outside the Number House (3632 Heidelberg Street). 

Braddock, born and raised in Detroit, first began his artistic ventures with graphic design and T-shirt production. In 2012, things changed when Braddock met Flaco Shalom and began an apprenticeship with Shalom in August of the following year. February of 2013 saw the exhibition of Braddock's first show entitled, “Kids”; a mix of pop art and abstraction. Fast forward to 2014 and Jimbo has his sights set on showcasing his work in the world’s top galleries. For now, though, Braddock is happy to exhibit at POST-HAB, at the Heidelberg Project in itself, really. Afterall, the “Forgotten Galaxy” is in many ways Braddock’s interpretation of the art environment and its impact.

“That is Heidelberg: another galaxy, one that gives the artist a chance to create. Your art will take you where you want it to, even into outer space,” said Braddock, after discussing art’s ability to physically change circumstances with Heidelberg Project Founder Tyree Guyton.

One could wager that “Forgotten Galaxy” is a also fantastical representation of a child’s experience growing up in Detroit. Through bright color, the show expresses hope, despite the often harsh circumstances that exist in forgotten communities. A common thread between Braddock and Guyton, it is the potential possessed by children living in Detroit that inspired the direction of “Forgotten Galaxy.”

This memorable event will feature a live DJ and free beer from Blue Moon Brewery, as well as a raw hip-hop performance by Khary WAE Frazier, as part of his 43 in 67 campaign. Additionally, the first 10 guests to arrive to the opening will receive a guided evening tour of the HP! The Instagram generated #SnapHP exhibition will be on display as well. Join us in celebrating Art and community in Detroit!

“Forgotten Galaxy” will open in the POST-HAB Gallery in the Number House on September 5th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and will run through September 26th, 2014.  The Number House is located on 3632 Heidelberg Street in Detroit. Donations are greatly appreciated.

The Heidelberg Project is a 501 © 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and improve the social and economic health of their greater community.


July 21, 2014

Transcending Origins

Detroit, Michigan, (July 21, 2014). The Heidelberg Project (HP) introduces POST-HAB, an inventive epithet for a new art gallery experience. David Bandlow will be the first featured artist in the Number House’s POST-HAB gallery with his exhibition of new work, “Transcending Origins”. An August 1st Open House Mixer will reveal Bandlow’s curious exploration of universal symbols, icons and touchstones, in this premier exhibit. “Transcending Origins” will be on display through August 22, 2014.

POST-HAB, more closely defined, is what a space becomes when it no longer serves its original, intended purpose. At The Heidelberg Project, the Number House is no longer a conventional living space, but instead, a vibrant home for artwork. The spirit of the organization’s former Emerging Artist Program is being re-directed to include POST-HAB as a platform for advancing the emerging art discourse in Detroit. The goal: challenging Detroit’s emerging talent with a curated exhibit opportunity to explore topics and themes of Art in a living context.

For Bandlow, the Heidelberg Project was an early seed of inspiration, transcending formal, social and artistic constructs. “The un-struck chord was sounded, carrying notes of our innate ability to transcend the dictations of condition and society,” Bandlow explains. “Cultures, indeed, civilizations, have been built, one upon the other, using the detritus and resources left behind by more experienced forms of existence.” In “Transcending Origins”, Bandlow invites us to contemplate physical expressions of renewal and transformation because to him, the art is as mysterious as the personal.

The exhibit’s August 1st Open House will run from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, hosting a live DJ and Guerilla Foods' vegan food truck, “Pink Flamingo”, alongside complimentary beer from Blue Moon Brewery.

“Transcending Origins” opens in the POST-HAB Gallery on August 1st, 2014, with an Open House from 5:30 to 8:30pm, and runs through August 22, 2014. POST-HAB is located inside the Number House at 3632 Heidelberg St, Detroit, 48207. Donations are greatly appreciated.

The Heidelberg Project is a 501(c) 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and improve the social and economic health of their greater community.

June 24, 2014

The HP Community Sees First Weeks of Solar Street Lights with Culmination of Security Plan

The Heidelberg Project is pleased to announce the completion of the comprehensive solar-powered security and surveillance system prompted by the string of arson fires targeting the Project. A massive undertaking, the plan was a concerted effort from multiple Michigan-based companies, coordinated by the Heidelberg Project's Assistant Director, Alvita Lozano.

After a winter spent vetting and coordinating partners and equipment, the thaw in March of this year saw the successful installation of Phase I of the plan. Comprised of a centralized DVR mainframe with remote monitoring capability and ten strategically placed cameras, Phase I lost time due to inclimate weather, but gained capacity with the addition of coordinated access for ATF authorities. Phase II included non-invasive solar panel streetlights and additional cameras, all of which is monitored from our office at 42 Watson.

The solar lighting and security plan would not have been possible without the generosity of the nearly 950 Indiegogo donors that raised over $54,000 for the plans in just one month along with the Fred M. & Barbara A. Erb Family Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Others graciously offered their expertise such as Jim Clements of Harrison Township - based Nomax Technologies, LLC who contributed over $13,400 of in-kind services to ensure a solid plan.

“From the first time my parents brought me to Heidelberg as a child, and in spite of my lacking of colorful creativity, I’ve always wanted to contribute something. This was my chance.” Clements is an integral part of the team, not only in the planning and installation of much of the system, but also in ongoing monitoring and maintenance. Clements and Lozano coordinated with Solar Street Light USA of Holland, Michigan, as well as Livonia-based Digital Planet/Detroit Networks, who also donated high quality equipment and services.

"It was critical for us to work efficiently toward a solution that aligned with our mission, met the needs of residents and the site, and one that was cost-sustainable over time," said Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director of the Heidelberg Project. "The upside to all of this is the opportunity to introduce our community to green energy in the form of solar lights, while also providing a greater degree of safety."

Although the plan presented a unique and unfamiliar challenge, the resulting improvements to the two-block area are well worth the efforts. Residents living in an area rarely patrolled by city police no longer face complete darkness on their street at night, but is it enough? It is the organization's hope that the city will meet HP-supporters halfway by restoring power to some municipal street lights in the area as well.

May 13, 2014

MCACA Grant Funding Boosts Operations, Programming at the Heidelberg Project

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2014

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Grants
$19,000 in Operational Support, $2,000 in Programming Funds to Detroit’s Heidelberg Project

Detroit, Michigan (May 13, 2014) – The Heidelberg Project (HP) is pleased to announce that The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has granted $19,000 in Operational Support that will help propel the mission of the nonprofit arts organization. MCACA has also pledged an additional mini grant of $2,000 through their New Leaders Council of Michigan initiative, as the HP continues to expand its education and community development programs in 2014.

The Heidelberg Project (HP) is best known for its funky, two-block art installation environment on Detroit’s near-east side created by artist Tyree Guyton and volunteers from the neighborhood. The site has gained worldwide recognition for its mission to “change lives and communities through art” by transforming abandoned structures and materials into an artistic attraction that engages over 275,000 visitors a year. Portions of the Heidelberg Project have been exhibited nationally and internationally and Guyton’s work is in the permanent collection of several leading museums, including the Detroit Institute of Art.

Over recent years, the Heidelberg Project has increasingly expanded its reach beyond the original installation site, which suffered unprecedented damage from a series of arson fires in 2013. In the wake of the fires and the necessary retooling that came with it, the organization is excited for the opportunity to now place a greater emphasis on community engagement within the immediate Heidelberg Project neighborhood. One such opportunity is the HP's newest offering, One313: a series of free, family-friendly art classes and workshops held next to the Number House (3632 Heidelberg Street) on the first and third Saturday of each month, June through August from Noon to 2pm. Find the schedule here. Additionally, the HP will continue to provide educational programming for students in Detroit schools, tours, lectures, and a young adults program for leadership through both creative and service projects.

“These grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs support our continued growth and evolution as an arts organization and important resource in the Detroit cultural community,” said Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director of the Heidelberg Project.

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website here.
The Heidelberg Project is a 501 (c) 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of their greater community. For more information, please visit

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA or the Council) is a statewide agency charged with assuring access to and the opportunity to participate in quality arts and cultural programs across the State of Michigan. The mission of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is to encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. For more information, please visit .


May 2, 2014

Cass Tech students pen powerful Heidelberg-inspired performance in Out of the Ashes

Detroit, Michigan (May 2, 2014) The Performing Arts Department and students at Cass Technical High School are pleased to announce that The Experience: Out of the Ashes, a musical inspired by the Heidelberg Project, will premiere at the school May 7th, with several performances through May 11th.

Themes throughout the musical include dreams, success, broken hearts, time, resilience, experiencing change, and how we are all connected. Perhaps the most notable theme, though, is that each and every aspect of the production is student-produced.

The cast and crew visited the Heidelberg Project (HP) studio and site last month for inspiration and to meet with Detroit artist and HP founder Tyree Guyton. “I am always moved when young people have an opportunity to learn from my work and to take it greater heights,” said Guyton.

“What the students have produced is completely beyond my wildest expectations,” said HP Educational Coordinator Margaret Grace, after a sneak preview during students' rehearsals. "I'm not sure even they realize how powerful this production is, how beautifully it connects. This is a must see performance."

Marilyn McCormick, the performing arts instructor at Cass Tech has been teaching at the school for the past 37 years and also graduated from Cass Tech in 1972. Under her direction, the performing arts program became only the second high school group to produce The Color Purple just last year, eliciting enthusiastic praise from the co-writer of the musical, native Detroiter Allie Willis. One can expect the Out of the Ashes performance to be of the same caliber, with an impressive element of innovation and spirit not to be missed.

The musical will take place at the Cass Tech Grand Theater on Wednesday, May 7th (12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Thursday, May 8th (10:25 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.), Friday, May 9th (7:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 10th: 7:00 p.m. *Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the school box office during school hours, 8AM to 4PM, as well as during after school activities.

*Please Note: Tickets are available at the Black Box theater box office, located on the 3rd floor of the school, as well as at the bookstore on the 2nd floor. Enter through the South Entrance and check in with security (be sure to bring ID!). Tickets may also be purchased at the door up until showtime for any show, including the final performance.

If you would like to reserve tickets to be picked up at Will-Call, email with a list of names and desired showtime.

See you there!

March 12, 2014

Just Announced: Show some #DetroitLove on 313 Day!

March 7, 2014

Iconic Party Animal House claimed in 9th fire

Just before 3:00AM on March 7th, the colorful Party Animal House (a favorite of children) located on Mt. Elliot (between Heidelberg and Elba Streets) was destroyed by arson, the 9th fire over an 11-month period. Though DFD responded within five minutes of the first call, their focus quickly shifted from the already destroyed Art Installation, to protecting the adjacent home of longtime residents. Though the neighboring structure suffered significant water and fire damage, its residents were unharmed and remain in surprisingly good spirits. This is the ninth fire set at the internationally renowned art environment since May, 2013, when The Obstruction of Justice house was first set ablaze.

Following the destruction of the House of Soul on November 12th, 2013, Heidelberg Project supporters around the world rallied to pool over $54,000 to fund the implementation of a comprehensive security plan for the HP community, including increased lighting, mobile patrol, and surveillance equipment. Additionally, the Erb Family Foundation along with the Kresge Foundation kicked in additional funding just under $18,000 to help with the overall plan and patrolling.

Although a massive undertaking for a small and inexperienced organization, every possible precaution was carefully taken into consideration as the plan came together. “We had already spent over *$23,000 on patrol alone, which quickly became cost prohibitive considering the larger plan which totaled about $75,000. We staggered patrol as long as we could, some street lights were turned on, and at the same time we installed temporary cameras. Weather conditions were horrendous, but we labored through. Just as we finalized the larger plan, we were hit again," says Executive Director, Jenenne Whitfield. "Who does this?”

Although a temporary security camera was in fact installed near the Party Animal House, the camera also suffered fire damage and exposure to extreme temperatures, both of which contributed to the impairment of the camera. The FBI continues to monitor the area, though no developments have been reported.

After losing five anchor house installations to arson last year, the Heidelberg Project has spent the first quarter of 2014 in close-knit strategy sessions retooling and realigning their services with the community. The organization's focus remains on their community during this time. “As tough as it is, a chapter is obviously closing, but it’s far from over,” says Tyree Guyton. “It’s a new beginning.”

*Correction*: Initially, we reported that mobile patrol expenditures have already totaled $23,000. Unfortunately, in our haste to report to our followers, we read the wrong line item. The actual mobile patrol expenditures total $15,611, thanks in large part to the in-kind donation of services sponsored by our private security firm. We apologize for the misinformation, and hope you'll forgive our faux pas.

December 30, 2013

Freep sent half a story to print on Sunday; read our response.

On December 29th, the Detroit Free Press rushed to publish 'What now for Heidelberg, as it battles fires and tax problems?'

Unfortunately, they left out some important information. Attorney Dan Hoops seeks to set the story straight in this letter to the Editor.


7457 Franklin Road, Suite 200
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301
Office: 248.782.6883

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Paesano|Akkashian PC

Dear Sir or Madam:

I acted as the Heidelberg Project’s general counsel from 2001-2012. In addition, I served on the Heidelberg Project’s Board of Directors from 2001-2010 and was its President from 2007-2010.

The 12/29/2013 Detroit Free Press Story, What now for Heidelberg Project, as it battles arsons and tax problems?, was a sensational story that missed the mark. Had the writers simply attempted to pull any of the Heidelberg Project’s eight cases before the Michigan Tax Tribunal (the “MTT”) or reviewed the global settlement order between the Heidelberg Project and the City of Detroit, an accurate depiction of the Heidelberg Project’s tax status would have been published this Sunday. Unfortunately the reporters failed to take any such due diligence.

In addition to their failure to include any facts contained in the Heidelberg Project’s MTT case file, nowhere in the Free Press’s story did it mention the possibility that the Heidelberg Project’s “tax problems” could have been the result of the City Assessor’s incompetence. Notably, in February 2013, the rival Detroit News ran several comprehensive stories about the similar problems other Detroiters have had over the years with the City Assessor’s office.

The Heidelberg Project’s “tax problems” began in 2004 when the Assessor’s staff, apparently, “lost” its application for an exemption from real property tax as a tax-exempt organization. From 2004-2007, the Assessor’s Office sent tax bills to the wrong addresses for the Heidelberg Project’s properties necessitating several emergency appearances before the Wayne County Circuit Court to halt forfeitures of its properties. After being given the run-around for years trying to ascertain the Heidelberg Project’s exempt status, the City ultimately sought forfeiture of eight parcels in 2007. Those forfeitures were contested at the MTT and were ultimately determined to be tax exempt (i.e. not subject to the City’s real estate tax).

What is especially galling about the Free Press story is the fact that the property forfeitures referenced in the story were filed while the MTT petitions were still pending or were sent in error as a result of the MTT settlement order in 2011. That, alone, should have raised suspicion in the reporters’ eyes that something was not right. The Detroit Assessor’s office has been called to the carpet for its less-than-stellar performance over the years, surely this would have prompted one of the two writers to dig a little further than simply taking the Assessor at its word when they submitted their story to their editor.

I am truly disappointed that this newspaper would not have done something as simple as looking up a case file at the MTT. My co-counsel and I have reams of files documenting the Heidelberg Project’s “tax problems,” everything from correspondence between Detroit’s elected officials, city attorneys, the assessor, the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office and numerous filings with the Wayne County Circuit Court and MTT. No one thought to conduct a larger investigation through the public records or make a FOIA request on the Detroit Assessor’s office?

The Detroit Free Press should be ashamed of the lack of effort by its staff; it owes all of its readers balanced and accuracy in its stories. Perhaps this letter to the editor will prompt a follow-up story that accurately depicts the “tax problems” (or “tax hell”) the Heidelberg and so many others have had to live through for decades because of the Assessor’s incompetence.

Daniel S. Hoops
Past President
Co-General Counsel
The Heidelberg Project

December 21, 2013

$50,000 Indiegogo Campaign Goal Exceeded

With 60 hours left on the campaign clock, our amazing family of supporters put us over the $50,000 mark. By the time the campaign closed on December 21st, we had raised enough money to cover all $4,000 of Indiegogo's platform fees. "Thank you" doesn't seem to convey our gratitude. We literally could not do this without your help. Together, we will secure, rebuild, and (in Tyree's words) take this thing to the moon!

December 14, 2013

Private donor boosts reward for arson info to $30,000

December 13, 2013

Erb Family Foundation Meets Crowd-Funders Halfway

Devastated by news of an eighth fire at the Heidelberg Project, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation steps up to the plate to expedite security measures.

In the wake of the recent arson fires that have ravaged the Heidelberg Project community, the Erb Family Foundation is extending their donation matching grant to Art from the Ashes: Securing a Legacy, the Heidelberg Project's Indiegogo campaign aimed at financing the lofty expense of implementing security measures throughout the neighborhood. Recognizing the long delay in the crowd-funding platform's payout format, the Erb Family Foundation will not only be matching all contributions dollar for dollar, they will be matching them immediately.

Securing a Legacy expires on December 20th, with processing and payment of the funds tacking on additional time to the payout period. The Erb Family foundation match allows for implementation of bigger ticket portions of the security plan weeks ahead of schedule. Additionally, any funds raised beyond the $50,000 goal will not only offset platform fees, but will pay down the latest cost estimates for security systems and patrol, which are now nearly double what we anticipated.
“In 26 years, we’ve never had this type of problem, so all of this is completely new to us,” says Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield. The Erb Family Foundation stepping in with an immediate match of crowd-funding dollars is a development that could make all the difference for the HP. The project has lost five house installations to arson in just eight months. Find Securing a Legacy on the front page of or visit

December 8, 2013

The Clock House Burns in 8th 'Suspicious' Fire

Despite a 4-minute response time from DFD, the Clock House was the next to fall victim to Arson. The blaze was set before 10PM, much earlier than the other fires and only moments before our nightly patrol was set to arrive for the evening.

We're adapting and regrouping, now. We are doing everything we can in complete cooperation with the ATF. We won't stop!

November 28, 2013

War Room House Lost to Thanksgiving Day Blaze

The Installation known as the War Room was set ablaze at approximately 5:15 am on Thanksgiving morning. Here is what we know: A man in dark clothing was spotted by KP Protective Services running from the site of the War House located at 3710 Elba. What was reported as a glow quickly ignited to a full blaze.

The Arson investigators were on the scene immediately and took a statement from KAP Protective Services. Because the area is so dark, and the man was wearing dark clothing, it was difficult to catch him in the act. The Detroit Arson Dept is working in conjunction with the US Dept of Justice, Bureau of alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Any additional questions should be directed to Special Agent Donald Dawkins at 313-202-3400.

Our only concern at this point is the safety of residents. We are working in full cooperation to doing everything we can to put an end to this madness.

Jenenne Whitfield
Executive Director

November 21, 2013

A Third Structure is Lost: Penny House

Just after 3AM, the HP received a phone call from their temporary mobile patrol reporting yet another intentional fire. Though their response was swift, by the time DFD arrived on the scene, the Penny House was fully engulfed in flames and the only option was a controlled burn. The Penny House, under renovation to become on-site office and community space, was burned completely to the ground.

The loss of the Penny House was shocking and disheartening, especially so soon after fire claimed the House of Soul. It should come as no surprise, however, that Tyree Guyton is rallying the troops. We will not be stopped! Now, Tyree wants to know: will you help him change the world?

Below is an excerpt from the statement given by Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield at our annual fall fundraiser, ENCORE, in the wake of a sixth arson fire:

"The Heidelberg Project is internationally reviewed as a fertile ground for creating art from existing fragments; the evidence of waste, consumption and greed. For nearly three decades Tyree has led the cause to reach across economic and geographical boundaries to bridge cultural differences through artistic expression. He is raising awareness for the power of "art as medicine" in a community that has been devastated. Ill-health, under-employment, dismal environments, apathy and crime are the fallout of a post industrial era. People are hurting leaving them in a state of hopelessness, despair and destruction of which Standard medicine cannot cure.

The HP is a sacred battle ground that has withstood damage by bulldozers and now WILLFUL destruction by fire. However we must preserve and protect the ongoing creative and spiritual contribution of The Heidelberg Project. If we can’t get justice from our city, we must stand for justice. We must stand in defiance of evil!

As we try and wrap our head around this we remember that it has been said everything happens for a reason. Maybe the old is making room for the new. However we are certain that the Heidelberg Project will propel to a new and even greater Heidelberg Project and a new promise for the future of Detroit."

-- Jenenne Whitfield and Tyree Guyton

November 13, 2013

Official Statement | House of Soul Fire

Dear Friends,

Words almost escape me as I write on behalf of Tyree Guyton and the Heidelberg Project family to address yet a 5th fire on Heidelberg Street that completely consumed the House of Soul. Yes, we are devastated!

As we struggle to maintain a sense of calm and rational thinking, we first want to say that we are grateful that none of our residents have been affected by these senseless acts of violence. However, we are now deeply concerned for their safety and welfare. This being the case, we are working on three concrete measures:

1. We have enlisted a car to patrol the project starting tonight

2. We are working on our own improved lighting of the area

3. We hope to strategically place security cameras throughout the project

No, we won’t give up or give in. We will continue to positively impact our community through art. When I stop and reflect on what 2013 has brought with these series of fires, I am convinced that we are on to something very powerful. If this were not the case, negativity would not rear its ugly head. However, we were not stopped by bulldozers and we will not be stopped by acts of arson. Instead we WILL become smarter, stronger and even greater. Our history after 27 years demonstrates this!

We ask that you continue to stand with us and know that what is within us is greater than what is out there. We cannot do this alone and are reaching out to our supporters in Detroit and around the world to help us secure and strengthen the Heidelberg Project, a legacy in the making for sure!

Thank you for your continued support. Onwards & upwards!

Jenenne Whitfield

Executive Director,
The Heidelberg Project

November 12, 2013

'House of Soul' the next to fall victim to Arson

Around 4:30AM on November 12th, we were notified that DFD had responded to yet another 'suspicious' house fire at the Heidelberg Project. House of Soul, also known as the 'Record House', was engulfed in flames for two hours, until it was reduced to nothing more than charred rubble. One of FIVE fires on Heidelberg Street since May of this year, the House of Soul fire is one of only three to be deemed 'suspicious.'

Find our official statement and next steps here.

October 5th, 2013

The OJ House is No More

In the wee hours of October 5th, another suspicious fire leveled what remained of the OJ House. The news shocked the Heidelberg Project Community, but Tyree and Jenenne have finally broken their silence. Read the Official Statement here.