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Artist Applications are now open.

The Detroit Neighborhood Arts project is open to everyone of all ages. We aim to lift and highlight the ongoing work of residents from 48221 as such - every project must collaborate with an artist or resident from the 48221 zip code.

We prefer local artists because Detroit has world class talent. The artists selected will honor and celebrate the legacy of a community built on African American arts and culture. It is our goal to have the selected artists and projects continue that legacy into the future.


Without 'u' there is no 'us'

Are you interested in helping to create an art destination(s) in 48221?

Having arts culture is pivotal to a healthy community and culture makes us who we are. It is an expression of our legacy, our present and our future. We believe art has the power to transform public spaces, neighborhoods, and commercial corridors.

The DNA project aim is to connect artist and community members through the activation and beautification of vacant storefronts, empty lots and newly created public spaces.  Artists across a range of mediums from visual, sculpture, dance, jazz and theater will create and install art commissioned by the community for the community.  

We comprised individuals to serve on our jury panel who are dedicated to making 48221 a better place to live.  This panel is made up of art professionals, community leaders and business owners representing a wide range of disciplines, cultural perspectives, and most importantly - Detroit roots.

We thank all of our jurors for contributing their time to ensure our art offerings are unique and engaging.