Aha Moment: The Heidelberg Project

Friday, January 11, 2008

With the fading American auto industry and its reputation for high crime, Detroit has become shorthand for urban decay. On two blocks of Heidelberg Street on Detroit’s east side, an artist and community organizer named Tyree Guyton decided to do something about it. He started transforming the street into his own crazy work of art. And his efforts made a big impression on Detroit resident Jenenne Whitfield. Produced by Zak Rosen.

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Produced by:

Zak Rosen

Comments [5]

Jack from www.ahamoment.com

Very cool indeed. And inspirational. When you get a minute, check out ahamoment.com. There are a lot of very inspirational personal stories, including some related to art. I think you'll enjoy it.

All the best,
jack@ahamoment.com

Aug. 04 2009 01:11 AM
Joyce from Washington, D.C.

I was so moved by this story. I can hear the love and passion of this couple for the work they do and the difference they are making in so many lives. Thank you.

Jan. 17 2008 01:59 PM
Fred Meyers from Mount Vernon, NY

Your Heidelberg Project report is unexpectedly moving. This, my first ever listener response, is sent with heartfelt approval of your sensitive reportage. Radio at it's best. Very appreciative thank you.

Jan. 13 2008 03:22 PM
Marianna Stark from San Francisco

http://www.deappropriationproject.net/

In closing your story on The Heidelberg Project ou asked for listeners to submit other examples of truly public/community art. Bruce Tomb's former police station home in the gritty Mission District of San Francisco is a community canvas. He allows graffiti and wheat paste posters and he's been documenting the work with photos for the past ten years.

On Jan 30, 2008 there's going to be a public meeting about the house and its role in the neighborhood.
http://soex.org/Event/155.html

Jan. 13 2008 11:33 AM
Jo Strausz Rosen from West Bloomfield

A love story based on giving back to the community was a refreshing angle on this wonderful story. I bring guests from Israel to the Heidelberg Project several times yearly so the story continues to circle the globe. Thank you for reminding us to appreciate this alternative art site. Tyree and Jenenne - Happy Anniversary! May your lives continue to bring beauty to Detroit and the world.

Jan. 11 2008 12:36 PM

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