Heidelberg Project app wins MediaPost 2018 Appy Award


App, Created by Isobar, Received Win in Mapping/Location-Based Category

DETROIT – MAY 18, 2018 – The Heidelberg Project App has been awarded a MediaPost Appy Award in the Mapping/Location-Based category. The app, created by global digital agency, Isobar, was also a finalist in the Charity/Non-Profit category.

HP is an outdoor art installation founded in 1986 by Tyree Guyton as a creative response to urban blight and decay in the Detroit neighborhood in which Guyton grew up. Over 32 years, HP has served as a community organization that improves the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. The app, designed to guide users through a unique tour of the site leveraging GPS technology, is the first step in a digital transformation that is part of the Heidelberg Project’s new vision, Heidelberg 3.0. 

“People come to the Heidelberg Project from across the world to be inspired,” said Heidelberg Project President Jenenne Whitfield. "Providing visitors an interactive digital experience that allows us to share history about the Heidelberg Project is something we’ve always wanted to do. Amplifying the art that has been transformative to our city, through technology, is a game changer for the project and we look forward to what’s next.”

By bringing innovation to the outdoor art exhibit, The Heidelberg Project is allowing the art to live beyond its physical space for generations to come. The digital transformation of the Heidelberg Project gives it a chance to influence not only Detroit, but the future of art, technology and education.

“Working with the Heidelberg Project over the past year and a half has truly allowed us to push the boundaries of innovation,” said Dave Meeker, VP and Global Director of Emerging Technology.  “This app is just one small part of a larger digital transformation and we’re excited that it has been acknowledged for its success.”

The MediaPost Appy Awards honor excellence in mobile apps.  Details about the Appy Awards and a list of winners in all categories can be found here

Curate your own Tyree Guyton art print


Dear Friends:

We welcome you to explore a pioneering art technology by curating your own Tyree Guyton art print! With a new concept introduced by Unstable, every print is one-of-a-kind and presents an opportunity to connect with Tyree in a brand new way. Within the print content, we have combined three historical motifs reflecting a career spanning 32 years: Houses, Headlines and those Iconic Faces. 

Each print is signed by Tyree and uniquely numbered. AND, with this unstable edition, you will receive a certificate of authenticity that is specifically linked to your print. This is an important distinction meaning that Tyree Guyton is the world's first artist to have a dedicated print edition blockchain for best in class provenance that you can track for generations.

This is also a first for the art community and we are excited to have Tyree at the forefront as we explore new concepts and innovations. Opportunity is limited so EXPLORE, CURATE and ORDER today! 


We encourage your feedback and questions. Please email: inquiries@unstable.art

Jenenne Whitfield
Chief Executive Officer


Join our team at the Heidelberg Project

Position: Program Assistant
Employment type: Internship (June 1st - August 30th)
Compensation: School credit and/or letter of recommendation
Application deadline: April 30th, 2018

We are looking for a summer intern to assist with special events at the Heidelberg Project!

+ Assist with event coordination for our 360° of Heidelberg Conference
+ Assist with other projects as assigned 

+ Excellent writer and communicator
+ Ability to create flyers, newsletters and other marketing materials using Canva, Photoshop and/or InDesign
+ Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team

Time Commitment: 
Intern must be able to work at the office at least one day per week, work schedule is flexible and hours are negotiable. Length of commitment is from June - August. 

How to Apply: 
This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in a variety of areas! To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@heidelberg.org no later than April 30th, 2018. 

Heidelberg Project brings arts education to life in Detroit schools

Heidelberg Project’s Partnership with Four Detroit Public Schools Brings Transformative Program to Detroit Students

DETROIT —The Heidelberg Project and four Detroit public schools are piloting a first of its kind program that will use art to empower and inspire students to be change agents in their community. 

The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy (HALA) serves Detroit students in grades 4-12 to explore art as a tool for social change, self-expression and community healing. HALA, launched in 2018, will serve over 100 students at Martin Luther King High School, Southeastern High School, Marcus Garvey Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy East. 

“Using art as a catalyst to change lives is the very foundation of what we do at the Heidelberg Project,” said its President and CEO Jenenne Whitfield. “The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy is one way that we are investing in kids and in Detroit’s future. This program fills a critical need in Detroit schools that have seen a significant reduction or complete elimination of arts education funding.”

The groundbreaking HALA program is the sole source of arts education for students at Southeastern High School and Marcus Garvey Academy. It serves a critical enrichment program for students at Martin Luther King High School and Cesar Chavez Academy East. 

“The importance of arts education is paramount to the development of the whole child,” said Southeastern High School Assistant Principal  Alan Washington. “The Heidelberg Project is an iconic Detroit community arts organization and the partnership with Southeastern high school will allow our students to appreciate the history, significance and richness of the arts in the city.”

The HALA program was cofounded and designed by three women that specialize in classroom education and programming, curriculum design, arts advocacy and community partnerships. HALA includes three, nine-week sessions of in-school or after school classes that connect students to a network of resources that include artists, organizers, entrepreneurs, and tech innovators to cultivate student potential and help build leadership skills. The classes include:

  • Art Through Hip-Hop where students use album covers to explore art as a tool for social change and artistic expression.  
  • Art Speaks: Mural Project in which students collaborate with a local muralist to create a school-based mural that highlights an issue in the student’s local neighborhood or school community.  Students also visit visited 11 Detroit area murals and met with Heidelberg Project founder Tyree Guyton as part of the course. 
  • Writes of Passage where students report and write about social change within their community to create a zine of editorial poems, short stories, drawings and photography.

“We feel like this program is our calling," said HALA cofounder Keisa Davis. “The Heidelberg Project was our inspiration and our backgrounds created the perfect combination of experience to bring this program to life.” 

READ MORE: Heidelberg Project leads new arts program at 4 Detroit schools (Crains Detroit) 

READ MORE: Heidelberg Project begins offering art classes at Detroit public schools (MetroTimes) 


Founded in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton, The Heidelberg Project is a Detroit-based community organization that uses art as a catalyst to breathe new life into the community, transforming what others saw as trash into public, outdoor art installations. The nonprofit also offers free art programs to thousands of children in the neighborhood and at Detroit and suburban schools. In August 2016, Guyton announced Heidelberg 3.0, a new vision to transform his childhood neighborhood from an arts installation driven by one man into a self-sustaining arts and culture village. 

See photos from our Mural Project: Art Speaks field trip

In an inaugural field trip led by photojournalist and mural documentarian Viranel Cleard, students from Southeastern High School visited 11 Detroit area murals and met with Heidelberg Project founder Tyree Guyton in part of our Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy (HALA) program. Muralists featured on the tour include Sydney James, Sintex, Ndubisi Okoye, Bmike, Pat Perry and Swoon.

Using art as a catalyst for change, students in our Mural Project: Art Speaks class will learn about the agency of public art and then work together to identify a problem within their school community and design a mural that positively addresses the issue. Stay tuned for more photos from our HALA program as we will be posting on Instagram and Facebook


Bus transportation for our Art Speaks: Mural Project field trip sponsored by:



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Tyree Guyton is to receive "White Columns / Shoot the Lobster Award"

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White Columns and Shoot The Lobster are proud to announce the 2018 recipient of the ‘White Columns/Shoot The Lobster Award’: Tyree Guyton, Detroit-based artist and creator of the Heidelberg Project.

The ‘White Columns / Shoot The Lobster Award’ is presented annually to individuals who selflessly create a context for the arts communities around them. As the 2018 recipient of this Award, Guyton will receive an unrestricted $5,000 cash grant and a specially commissioned artwork by Scott Reeder, which will be presented to him at a reception in February 2018, hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD.)

Tyree Guyton has been a practicing artist, educator and community activist for over 30 years, and is best known for his work on the Heidelberg Project. Initiated in 1986, the Heidelberg Project is an ever-changing outdoor art installation located on, and named after, Guyton's childhood street in DetroitMichigan. The project began as a response to the deterioration of his neighborhood, as well as many other Detroit neighborhoods, after the 1967 riots. The installation has since encompassed two city blocks, incorporating found objects, houses, vacant lots, and cars. Guyton paints houses, trees and other stationary structures in bold colors and patterns, and adorns them with artworks and domestic detritus (including discarded toys, clothing, shoes and appliances) sourced from the neighborhood. Over time the Heidelberg Project has evolved into an outdoor museum that attracts 275,000 visitors annually, and a community-oriented space hosting events that provide services for local youth, artists and visitors.

“I want to thank White Columns and Shoot The Lobster for recognizing and supporting what we’ve created,” said Tyree Guyton.  When you come to the Heidelberg Project, I want you to think—really think! My art is a medicine for the community. You can’t heal the land until you heal the minds of the people.”

For 32 years, Guyton has allotted his own resources and labor to the upkeep and development of the Heidelberg Project, which has achieved international acclaim while surviving acts of vandalism, demolition from local officials and arson. In 2016, Guyton announced that the Heidelberg Project’s focus would shift from a lone artist’s installation to a site for an "arts-infused community.”  Guyton has begun dismantling and removing some of the three decade old installation, leaving four of its main structures in place to eventually house a community center, gallery and an artist residency. 

Mark Stryker writes about the Heidelberg Project for the Detroit Free Press:

"It's hard to overstate the significance of the Heidelberg Project. It's a Detroit landmark, a signature public art project and one of the city's most popular tourist attractions... But it has also morphed into a potent symbol of Detroit's vital artistic community, the city's resilience in the face of horrific decay and the power of art — and individual artists — to effect social change."

The Heidelberg Project has been an influential cornerstone of Detroit's cultural renaissance. It has provided a model for other outdoor art installations…and also set the tone for others working at the intersection of art, community building and social justice…

[In its new iteration] Fundamentally, the project's goals remain the same: improving the lives of people and neighborhoods through art.

The ‘White Columns / Shoot The Lobster Award’ is generously supported by Shoot The Lobster and administered by White Columns. The recipient of the inaugural 'White Columns / Shoot The Lobster Award' in 2016 was Lia Gangitano, the founder of Participant Inc., New York; and in 2017 the award was given to Wendy Yao - the founder of Ooga Booga, Los Angeles. White Columns and Shoot the Lobster would like to thank the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Elysia Borowy-Reeder and Scott Reeder.

About Tyree Guyton: Tyree Guyton (b.1955) lives and works in Detroit, MI.  Guyton studied at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and in 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Art. Guyton’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally, and is in institutional collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. Guyton’s work as an artist has earned him over 18 awards, locally and nationally, and was the subject of the Emmy Award Winning Documentary, Come Unto Me, the Faces of Tyree Guyton. Guyton is the founder and creator of the Heidelberg Project, and now an honorary member of the Heidelberg Project Foundation’s Board of Directors.

For more about Tyree Gutyon visit: http://www.tyreeguyton.com
For more about the Heidelberg Project visit: http://www.heidelberg.org
For more about White Columns visit: www.whitecolumns.org
For more about Shoot The Lobster visit: www.shootthelobster.com