Join us at our block party on August 26th

Detroit LIVE at Heidelberg

On Saturday, August 26th, 2017 Detroit LIVE and The Heidelberg Project will be hosting a free block party, showcasing live music, art, vendors, food, movement classes and special children’s activities. 

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 but Mayor Duggan and the City of Detroit have been uncooperative

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“We took care of properties the city wouldn’t or couldn’t care for and we helped build a bridge from old Detroit to new Detroit in the process. Never has it been more important for people to stand up and fight the unfair and exclusionary practices being exhibited by the Detroit Land Bank.”
— Jenenne Whitfield, CEO

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

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

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


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.

Support the HP by signing our petition

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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.

Their 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.


Our benefit auction featuring Tyree Guyton is now live on Paddle8

Now is your chance to purchase a Tyree Guyton original! While numerous pieces from the Heidelberg Project will enter into the permanent collections of museums around the world, this Paddle8 auction is a unique blend of Guyton’s studio practice and outdoor creations from Heidelberg Street, presenting a very rare opportunity for collectors to own a distinctly important piece of American history.

A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the Heidelberg Project and our vision for Heidelberg 3.0. Visit Paddle8 to view the collection and to place your bid, this special benefit auction closes on Monday, July 31st at 5:00 p.m. ET. 

All Things Heidelberg, 2002

All Things Heidelberg, 2002

See The Life and Times of the Heidelberg Project on view at University of Detroit Mercy

Fun House, 1991

Fun House, 1991

Re-post from the University of Detroit Mercy Campus Connection: 

University of Detroit Mercy traces the life and times of Detroit's famed Heidelberg Project in its McNichols Campus Library summer exhibition, using photographs, flyers, newspaper and magazine articles, original artworks and other unique material. Since it began in 1986, the Heidelberg Project has garnered critical acclaim and controversy, both of which have been covered extensively by the press. Yet the project's context is not as well known. Come explore and discuss how it relates to the city of Detroit, its nearby neighborhood, the local art community and the current international art world.

"The Life and Times of the Heidelberg Project," which will be on display through Tuesday, Aug. 22, documents not only the project's press coverage, but also its influences, such as Detroit street artist Rosetta Archie; its connections with Detroit's theatre, poetry and arts scenes; its commentary on social issues and urban problems; and its impact on both Detroit's East Side and the international art world.

For more information about the exhibit, contact McNichols Campus Library Technician and Preservation Specialist Maurice Greenia, Jr., at 313-993-1795 or

The University of Detroit Mercy library is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.