The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

The 49507 Project: 40 Acres- Location 4

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The 49507 Project: 40 Acres- Location 4

Project 49507 is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

Can we plant seeds that will bloom into the south side becoming a Multicultural Arts District?

40 Acres Consulting

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Abandoned for over 20 years set for extensive rehab and future home of the Forty Acres Enterprises Headquarters

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Building Description

Used to the ’THE place’ in Grand Rapids to get hair done. Like many of the other beauty salons and barber shops in the hood  this place served as gathering space, consulting office, church and office for the community

Owner: Darel Ross

Bio – Indicative of the rooted connection to the neighborhood where he was raised, Darel first began his entrepreneurial career opening an insurance agency in Southeast Grand Rapids. For more than nine years Darel served LINC’s Board of Directors as Treasurer, and most recently as the organization’s Co-Executive Director, serving a critical role that brings together housing, economic development, essential needs services, business incubation, and real estate development serving Kent County. Through his leadership, Ross has helped secure over $67 million in funding for community improvement efforts resulting in over 300 families increasing their assets, training over 600 residents, improving over 750 homes, and creating over 120 full-time jobs.

Your connection to Grand Rapids:

Born and raised, I am just a kid from the Southside trying to make it happen

Where you are from:

Grand Rapids

What the word “Liberation” and “Reclamation” mean to you:

Freedom, Wealth, & The honest opportunity to pursue happiness

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Business Social Media/Website info

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Contact/Booking: info@thediatribe.org

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

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Site Design by KCAD students & faculty as part of the EPIC Project.

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