Detroit, Michigan

Heidelberg Project


The Heidelberg Project (HP) is an outdoor community arts organization located in the heart of Detroit. Founded in 1986 by local artist Tyree Guyton, the HP aims to inspire change through art, deploying it as a catalyst that builds on the culture of the community through unique programs, services, and events. Its programs include Art, Community and Environmental Education for K–12 students; Emerging Artists for up-and-coming artists; and Young Adults of Heidelberg, which partners with the community and other service organizations, to support community building within the arts and professional development for those ages 18–35.

Polka Dotted House

Photo: Julie MacDonald, April 8, 2014

Group of People Holding Hands

Artist Tyree Guyton connects the dots with visitors on Heidelberg Street, May, 2010. Photo: Geronimo Patton

Group Celebrating in Front of Mural

The 'Vague Visions' mural created by Young Adults of Heidelberg artists on Atlas Obscura Day, April, 2012. Photo: Geronimo Patton

Polka Dotted House

The People's House, Tyree's childhood home, where the Heidelberg Project began in 1986. Photo: Julie MacDonald, April 8, 2014

Children Painting a Tire

Third grade students from Clark Elementary create a tire garden for their school as part of ACE2. Photo: Margaret Grace, May 2012

Chalk on the Sidewalk

A glimpse at a colorful oasis amidst urban chaos, The Heidelberg Project is common ground. Photo: Heidelberg Project Archives, 2010