Join us on our journey into 2019

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As they say, time flies when you’re having fun! It’s been an exciting year for us here at HP, with the launch of our Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy program, moving forward with our Numbers House renovation project, hosting our first ever 360° of Heidelberg Conference, and exhibitions of Tyree Guyton’s work in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Miami. We welcome you to join us on our journey into 2019, and together we will reach new heights in the year ahead. THANK YOU for your support and Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Heidelberg Project!

Meet the philanthropists who are supporting Heidelberg 3.0

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You may be surprised that the HP hasn’t received the type of philanthropic support one might deem appropriate for an organization that has made significant impacts and gained international acclaim. And despite our invisible doors remaining open for over 30 years and weathering more than our share of challenges, a relentless charge of energy and tenacity has kept us moving full steam ahead. A great part of that energy—call it Heidelberg magic—has been a serendipitous web of supporters that show up and show out in ways we can never imagine.

In this first HP Supporter Spotlight, we’d like to focus on a select number of philanthropies that have both stood the test of time and those who have taken a new step toward helping us build the next iteration of our work, Heidelberg 3.0. Among these select supporters, we are also lifting-up a new generation of philanthropists that are ceasing a critical moment in human history to find more innovative ways to serve others.

Heidelberg Founder Tyree Guyton Makes Waves At Miami Art Week

Guyton brought his Detroit swagger to the beaches of Miami where he blew visitors away at this year's art fair, before moving his work to the Martos Gallery in New York next fall. Vulture’s Carl Swanson caught up with Tyree to dive into what Heidelberg has evolved in to from its origins and highlighted Tyree's current exhibition with MOCAD, set to end in January of 2019.

Swanson writes:

“Tyree Guyton, famous for his whimsically apocalyptic Heidelberg Project in Detroit, has often been categorized more as an “outsider” than as an “artist,” but now he’s moving inside...Investment is pouring into Detroit right now and the question becomes whether the inclusive spirit of his project can survive this transformation.”

The piece also introduces Guyton’s relationship with Ebony Haynes, director of the Martos Gallery, who admits to being “such a fangirl for [Guyton’s] work.”

Haynes goes on to say, “People often make the mistake of calling him an outsider artist, but he is trained...It is interesting to see the work in the context of a museum.

When asked about Guyton’s work coming to Miami, Haynes explained his impact stating “...He has never shown at the Miami fairs before...I’m hoping to do something really great here in the gallery to shine light on him as the artist.”

Read what else Vulture had to say about Guyton's vision and the impact his work has made below.

Help send students from Detroit's Southeastern High School to Ghana!

The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy (HALA) is proud to announce that it is launching its “Detroit to the Diaspora Initiative”, an inaugural youth cultural immersion study abroad program. 

With your support, ten high school students will be traveling to Ghana, West Africa for a 12-day immersion with 6 chaperones in July 2019. The program will engage SEHS students with tours to cultural and historic sites, a traditional village, nature reserves, marketplaces and a service-learning project. 

Upon their return, students will lead an exciting peer to peer learning exhibition where they will showcase their research and experiences with the Southeastern school community ranging from history, cuisine, cultural rites, fashion, music and dance. We need your support to expose the next generation of Detroit-based change agents with a life changing experience.

With your support, we hope to fund the airfare component of this trip. Please help us provide this incredible experience for our students.

Donate through our Facebook campaign or through our website by clicking on the link below:

THANK YOU for joining us at our first ever 360° of Heidelberg Conference!

Last month at 360° of Heidelberg, artists, politicians, community members, and thought leaders came together to begin formulating new ways of incorporating the city's creative assets into Detroit’s Future.

We want to publicly thank everyone for the role they played in making Detroit's first ever grassroots art conference an amazing, inspiring and impactful success!

Thank you to all of the attendees who took part in this critical moment regarding the future of the arts in Detroit. We compiled photos from the entire weekend on our Facebook page. Please be sure to tag yourself and your friends!