Join us on Saturday, September 30th for Storytime at Heidelberg

Storytime at Heidelberg

Meet us at the Dotty Wotty House on Saturday, September 30th for Storytime at Heidelberg! We will be reading The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater and Magic Trash by J.H. Shapiro at 12:00 p.m. and again at 1:00 p.m.

Join us at our drop-in workshop after the readings, where we will be making junk art fridge magnets inspired by Tyree Guyton's art houses. Our drop-in workshop will begin after the first reading at 12:00 p.m. and continue until 2:00 p.m. 

The Big Orange Splot and Magic Trash books are appropriate for early elementary youth and our drop-in workshop is appropriate for all ages.

We are seeking volunteers for this event! If interested and/or available, please contact HP programming manager Margaret Grace via email at or by phone at (313) 458-8414.

This event 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.

See photos from Detroit LIVE at Heidelberg

Many thanks to everyone who joined us at our Detroit LIVE at Heidelberg block party.

We had a great time!


Tyree Guyton discusses his new Philadelphia installation "The Times" with ART FORUM

Tyree Guyton, The Times

500 Words - Tyree Guyton

What is a monument? The Detroit-based artist Tyree Guyton has long asked this question, beginning with his ongoing site-specific installation The Heidelberg Project, 1986–, which has entailed transforming his childhood neighborhood into a living museum. Now, for Philadelphia’s citywide public art and history project Monument Lab, Guyton is creating The Times, 2017, a massive mural of caricature-styled timepieces on a former factory in the city’s Kensington neighborhood. The work will be on view at the Impact Services building on A Street and East Indiana Avenue from September 16 through November 19, 2017.

THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, I have explored the concept of time from a visual perspective by playing with clocks. As caricatures, these clocks often have no hands, or the numbers are traveling backwards, or are mixed up, or the clocks have no numbers at all. My goal is to help people explore how time factors into our lives and how it sometimes hinders our ability to progress, or accelerates our anxiety about not being productive at all. Both are centered on the illusion of time, to do and not do.

Plato said, “Time is the moving image of reality.” What this means to me is that everything we do revolves around time and yet the only time that we ever really have is the very moment we are in. My challenge with this project is to help people to appreciate the present time as a time to act, think, be, and do, here and now. Yesterday lives only in our minds, and tomorrow is not promised. I believe that we must make the most of time, and the time to do that is now.

In response to the question of what an appropriate monument for the city of Philadelphia would be, I proposed broadening that question to ask, What is an appropriate monument for our country and our world? I’m offering The Times, a project designed to explore the concept of time in our lives. Now is the time to move towards positive change. Often we hear these familiar clichés: I don’t have enough time; time is running out; I don’t have time; I need more time; time is on our side; I wish I could go back in time; etc. Through this work, I’m challenging us to think consciously about what we’re saying.

People publicly claim to be offended by certain monuments that stand today, but I’m not so sure that this is the case. Social media is a vehicle where people can hide their true feelings while presenting another face to the public. Our current political climate feels like we are living in a pre–civil rights era. What I am asking with this particular work is, What time is it? Kensington, the community where I am working in Philadelphia, has one of the worst drug epidemics in the country, but it’s just one of many distractions. What about being drunk or high on artificial enhancements, prescription medication—or hate, greed, or power? So the question I am asking is not only to the folks in this community, but also to all people. It’s time to challenge the norm. To create a spectacle that is so striking and offbeat that it forces you to look, see, and think.

READ the original article at Art Forum

Join us at our block party on August 26th

Detroit LIVE at Heidelberg

On Saturday, August 26th Detroit LIVE and The Heidelberg Project is hosting a free block party, showcasing live music, art, vendors, food, movement classes and children’s activities: 


12pm Detroit Body Garage Workout with Terra Castro 12:45pm Yoga with Yoga Dan


Michigan Science Center 12pm-6pm

House of Soul: Remix collage activity 12pm-6pm

Face Painter 1pm-3pm

Grassroots Detroit Bubble workshop and team building activities 12pm-6pm

Breakdance workshop and demonstration by Maurice Archer of Geechi Crew 5pm-5:30pm


12:00pm DJ Stayce J

12:30pm Detroit Youth Volume

1:15pm Anna Burch

1:45pm Intermission: Councilwoman Mary Sheffield

2:00pm Stevie Soul + Omar Aragones

2:45pm Drummer B

3:30pm Sheefy McFly

4:15pm Belve

4:30pm Open Mic

5:00pm Rah the Son

6:00pm John Collins ‘

7:00pm Clear Soul Forces

Produced by Detroit LIVE and The Heidelberg Project 

Movement Partners: Detroit Body Garage and Yoga Dan Gottlieb
Children's Activity Partner: Michigan Science Center
Sound Partner: Audio Rescue Team


THANK YOU Heidelberg Project Board of Directors and Team Wellness Center for sponsoring Detroit LIVE at Heidelberg! 

This event is celebrated in 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 and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The Heidelberg Project is ready to create Heidelberg 3.0

it's time


READ MORE: Heidelberg Project starts petition to acquire 40 parcels (Detroit Metro Times) 

READ MORE: Heidelberg’s property bid sparks spat with Detroit (Detroit News) 

READ MORE: Heidelberg Project launches petition, calls Duggan, city 'uncooperative' (FREEP) 

Help the Heidelberg Project! Tell the Detroit Land Bank Authority that it's time to sell us the properties we've maintained for 30 years by signing our letter.

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The Heidelberg Project owns 13 properties around the internationally recognized art installation including the iconic Numbers House and Polka Dot House.  Heidelberg Project Founder and artist Tyree Guyton and his team also maintain an additional 40+ lots around the Heidelberg Project, most of which are owned by the Detroit Land Bank.

The Heidelberg Project applied to purchase the properties from the Land Bank to bring the neighborhood together and create a community driven arts community centered on ART, EQUITY and DIVERSITY in Detroit.

Our application was denied twice without an explanation.

The Heidelberg Project is a Detroit institution that has taken care of a neighborhood that was forgotten by the City of Detroit and turned it into a destination that has attracted and inspired millions over 30 years.

Mayor Duggan says that every neighborhood has a future and that those who stayed in Detroit have a voice in how their neighborhoods redevelop. It is time he live up to that promise. Tell the Detroit Land Bank to connect the dots and allow the Heidelberg Project to purchase the properties they have maintained for more than 30 years. 


Take a sneak peak of Tyree Guyton's installation for Philadelphia's Monument Lab!

Monument Lab, coming to Philadelphia in fall 2017, is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, invites people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

Guyton's new installation, "The Times" opens to the public on Saturday, September 16th! 

The City of Detroit Land Bank attempts to block Heidelberg Project development

For Immediate Release: 


City Officials Deny Application, Refuse to Provide Rationale


DETROIT —The City of Detroit Land Bank is refusing Detroit’s iconic Heidelberg Project the opportunity to acquire city-owned land that the Heidelberg Project’s founder Tyree Guyton has been maintaining for over 31 years. 

“The Heidelberg Project and Tyree Guyton have been taking care of this land for 31 years,”  said Heidelberg Project President and CEO Jenenne Whitfield. “We’ve brought people from all over the world to Detroit to see how a forgotten neighborhood can use art to create hope and build bridges. We are lifelong Detroiters who have made a difference in this city and we’re being told we have no voice in the future of our neighborhood.” 

The Heidelberg Project attracts roughly 275,000 visitors each year, generating millions in economic impact for the City Detroit. READ: Study: Heidelberg Project has $3.4 million annual impact (Crains Detroit). 

Guyton and a team of workers have cut the grass, plowed the snow, trimmed the landscape and removed debris from the city-owned properties surrounding the Heidelberg Project for 31 years. In recent years, the cost of labor has totaled almost $30,000 annually. The Heidelberg Project owns thirteen lots in the neighborhood and has attempted to purchase about 40 other lots from the City of Detroit as part of Heidelberg 3.0, a vision to create a self-sustaining arts and culture village.

The Heidelberg Project applied to purchase the land through the Detroit Land Bank’s Community Partner Program, established by Mayor Mike Duggan in 2014. According to the Land Bank website, the program was created to encourage faith and community-based organizations to transform the neighborhoods in which they serve through home rehabilitation projects, deconstruction projects, new construction, lot beautification, community gardens, and pocket parks.

The Land Bank denied the Heidelberg Project’s community partnership application twice, most recently in late June in spite of the fact that the Heidelberg Project meets all criteria and has received a letter of support from Councilwoman Mary Sheffield who represents the district.

“This administration preaches about residents having a voice in their neighborhoods and about making Detroit a more equitable city but their actions tell you they have a very different agenda,” said Whitfield.  “Land ownership is the most basic form of equity and we’ve been denied that opportunity. If the City has a different plan for this neighborhood, they should be honest and share it with us and the rest of the residents.” 

For the past 30 years, The Heidelberg Project has served Detroit through community engagement and arts education programs, non-profit work and the internationally renowned art installations of founder Tyree Guyton. 

Guyton announced he would begin to dismantle parts of the installation in August 2016 to make way for Heidelberg 3.0, a new vision to transform the neighborhood from an arts installation driven by one man to a self-sustaining arts and culture village embraced by the larger community.  

READ MORE: Heidelberg Project chief: City of Detroit hindering growth (Detroit Free Press) 

READ MORE: Detroit Land Bank rejects Heidelberg Project expansion (Metro Times) 


About The Heidelberg Project

Founded in 1986 by Detroit-based artist Tyree Guyton, 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. 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. The theory of change for The Heidelberg Project begins with the belief that all citizens, from all cultures, have the right to grow and flourish in their communities. The Heidelberg Project believes that a community can re-develop and sustain itself, from the inside out, by embracing its diverse cultures and artistic attributes as the essential building blocks for a fulfilling and economically viable way of life.