Yes it's true, we are leaving our Midtown home this month after more than eight years! Our building at 42 Watson served as the administrative, meeting, gallery and studio space for the Heidelberg Project and as the residence of its founder Tyree Guyton and Heidelberg Project President Jenenne Whitfield for 8.5 years.
“Detroit is changing. It’s neighborhoods are changing and Midtown is a prime example,” said Whitfield. “When we came to the neighborhood in 2009, the buildings around us were vacant and run-down as evidenced by the building adjacent to us. The Heidelberg Project brought an energy and a creativity that certainly contributed to the new energy that the Midtown area is experiencing today. While we made an effort to purchase the building, the realities of the market are beyond the reach of our non-profit arts organization.”
WXYZ received an inside tour of our live-work space and talked to Jenenne and Tyree to get the story behind our move.
What’s Next for the Heidelberg Project
“The Heidelberg Project is Detroit‘s own,” said Whitfield. “It is an example of our city’s rich legacy of innovation and originality. We will bring the same funky, welcoming and innovative vibe to a new neighborhood and help make that community the next hot spot in our city.
Join us this Friday for Steppin' Out!
Art Sale, Open Studio + More!
Artwork by Tyree Guyton
Friday, March 24: Artist Reception 6 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: Open Studio, Art Sale 12 - 6 p.m.
& Sunday, March 26: Closing / Disassembly 12 - 6 p.m.
42 Watson Street, Detroit 48201 | RSVP on Facebook!
As part of our farewell to Midtown, we invite you to join us at our special event and alley exhibition called Steppin' Out, a celebratory nod to the installation next door to 42 Watson known as Giant Steps.
“My hope is that the Midtown community will embrace and support our next step by purchasing one of the shoes,” said Tyree Guyton. “My MO is to transform blight and decay into something magical and engaging. It was very moving for me to see so many people enjoying this installation.”
The event will also feature a meet and greet with Tyree Guyton and a tour of his studio, all to take place Friday March 25 from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. with a special guest DJ, Saturday March 26 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Stepping Out is a collaboration between the Heidelberg Project and Inner State Galleries, Detroit’s premier gallery for local and international artists.