When the Heidelberg Project (HP) began in 1986, a sign was made to reflect its intent. It READ: THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT, SAYING, SEEING AND FEELING ALL THINGS. We could not have known then how true these words would ring 32-years later.
The brainchild of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton, HP has withstood the test of time demonstrating the resilience of Detroit and the remarkable power of the human spirit. The Heidelberg Project is a game-changing invention in the 21st century bringing diverse people together, sparking creative imagination and positive action. It has also provoked and penetrated deep into the consciousness of people throughout the globe. While extremely challenging and messy at times, this ever-changing outdoor art environment embodies what is special and fascinating about Detroit.
As it stands, our rich arts and culture community in Detroit has no governing body to campaign for its growth, or champion its cause. Left to its own devices, our arts community has become a fragmented body of fierce competition, limited resources, and a lack of guiding parameters. The continuing evolution of the Heidelberg Project is an excellent case study that can spark conversations towards building a more sustainable arts community.
On October 11-14, 2018, we invite you to join leaders of the Heidelberg Project, national arts experts, civic and community leaders in a ground-breaking discussion about the Heidelberg Project; what we’ve learned, what’s next, and how you can be part of Heidelberg 3.0.