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: Boost Mobile- Location 3

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The 49507 Project: Boost Mobile- Location 3

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?

Boost Mobile

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I bought the business first and several years later I purchased the building. It means a lot to me to acquire commercial property and while at the same time breaking “norms” that are usually reserved for others with more privilege.

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Business Description

A Boost Mobile Prepaid wireless retail location on Madison Ave. A location where we provide a flat rate and unlimited cellular service. At this location we also sell accessories for all cellular phones.

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Owner: Henry Paul Pena

BioHenry Paul Pena is a proud immigrant from The Dominican Republic who has operated and owned over 60 prepaid wireless stores. He serves on the Board for The Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, The Burton Heights Business District, and actually grew up around the neighborhood he simultaneously invests into this day. Henry has employed over 200 employees, is very involved in his community and volunteers a lot of his time to various organizations in Grand Rapids. Henry wakes up every day in search of new opportunities and strives to turn all of his goals into realities.

Your connection to Grand Rapids- My parents came here looking for better opportunities for themselves along with better opportunities for their children.

Where you are from? The Dominican Republic

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

Breaking mental chains, opening ourselves up to opportunities, and working to take make the hold that external factors have over our minds.

And a little bit about who you are etc. 

I love giving opportunities to new business owners, and I am focused in changing our community, which I believes starts with our neighborhood. Change truly begins one neighborhood at a time.

The Wall: 

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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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