Students to transform blighted home into the House of Stars in collaboration with the Heidelberg Project

On the last Saturday in April, more than 50 people attended a community cleanup to prepare the canvas for a public art installation in collaboration with the Heidelberg Project and students at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit.

As part of the Heidelberg Project’s ACE2 program, this project will involve more than 80 K-5 students in transforming a blighted home into the House of Stars. The house, which is located at the corner of Mitchell and Willis, has been vacant for some time now and is steps away from the school. Beginning in May, students will paint stars on wood that will be used to board up the house in a creative way.

The Heidelberg Project’s House of Stars project seeks to engage students in utilizing imagination as a tool to create a different and better future for their neighborhood that reflects a shared vision of community ownership and pride.

“I think it’s important for young people to know that they don’t have to wait for superman or the city to come and fix their neighborhood" said Margaret Grace, HP Educational Programming Manager. "Our aim is to help young people realize that if you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”

The Boggs School, which opened in 2013, embraces a place-based learning model and has a mission to nurture creative, critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of their communities. Students at the school consider themselves to be solutionaries who have the power to create positive change.