MCACA Grant Funding Boosts Operations, Programming at the Heidelberg Project

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2014

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Grants
$19,000 in Operational Support, $2,000 in Programming Funds to Detroit’s Heidelberg Project

Detroit, Michigan (May 13, 2014) – The Heidelberg Project (HP) is pleased to announce that The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has granted $19,000 in Operational Support that will help propel the mission of the nonprofit arts organization. MCACA has also pledged an additional mini grant of $2,000 through their New Leaders Council of Michigan initiative, as the HP continues to expand its education and community development programs in 2014.

The Heidelberg Project (HP) is best known for its funky, two-block art installation environment on Detroit’s near-east side created by artist Tyree Guyton and volunteers from the neighborhood. The site has gained worldwide recognition for its mission to “change lives and communities through art” by transforming abandoned structures and materials into an artistic attraction that engages over 275,000 visitors a year. Portions of the Heidelberg Project have been exhibited nationally and internationally and Guyton’s work is in the permanent collection of several leading museums, including the Detroit Institute of Art.

Over recent years, the Heidelberg Project has increasingly expanded its reach beyond the original installation site, which suffered unprecedented damage from a series of arson fires in 2013. In the wake of the fires and the necessary retooling that came with it, the organization is excited for the opportunity to now place a greater emphasis on community engagement within the immediate Heidelberg Project neighborhood. One such opportunity is the HP's newest offering, One313: a series of free, family-friendly art classes and workshops held next to the Number House (3632 Heidelberg Street) on the first and third Saturday of each month, June through August from Noon to 2pm. Find the schedule here. Additionally, the HP will continue to provide educational programming for students in Detroit schools, tours, lectures, and a young adults program for leadership through both creative and service projects.

“These grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs support our continued growth and evolution as an arts organization and important resource in the Detroit cultural community,” said Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director of the Heidelberg Project.

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website here.
The Heidelberg Project is a 501 (c) 3 Detroit-based community organization 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. For more information, please visit

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA or the Council) is a statewide agency charged with assuring access to and the opportunity to participate in quality arts and cultural programs across the State of Michigan. The mission of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is to encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. For more information, please visit .