Heidelberg Project party marks move from Midtown office

Detroit’s Heidelberg Project has to move out of its Midtown headquarters, but will throw a party Friday-Sunday to mark the occasion

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

Detroit’s Heidelberg Project has had its headquarters and a gallery in Midtown for the past eight years, but in a reflection of soaring real-estate values, must now vacate the premises.

The offices will move to the Heidelberg Project itself on the city’s east side.

Taking adversity with good spirit, however, the project will throw a three-day party and alley exhibition called “Steppin’ Out” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Heidelberg Project Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts head Michael Kaiser in 2011.

The event will feature a meet-and-greet with Heidelberg founder Tyree Guyton, a tour of his studio, and on Saturday at least, music from a “special guest” DJ.

The party will take place in the shadow of Guyton’s installation of large shoe paintings on a neighboring building called “Giant Steps.”

In a release, Guyton said, “My hope is that the Midtown community will embrace and support our next step by purchasing one of the shoes.”

“Steppin’ Out” is a collaboration between Heidelberg and Eastern Market’s Inner State Gallery.

The building at 42 Watson, just off Woodward, was one of the few habitable structures on the block when Heidelberg moved in back in 2009.

But times have changed. It now sits across from a newly-built, upscale apartment complex, The Scott at Brush Park, and one of the district’s hottest new restaurants, Gray Ghost.

According to Heidelberg, the building was listed for $1.2 million and sold in 2016.

Heidelberg President Jenenne Whitfield said they tried to buy it, but the price was “beyond the reach of our nonprofit arts organization.”

“Steppin’ Out” will run from 6-9 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

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