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: Edwin Anderson

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The 49507 Project: Edwin Anderson

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?

Edwin Anderson

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About Edwin Anderson

I am Edwin Anderson and I’m from the southeast side of town in Grand Rapids, MI. I’m an Artist and Entrepreneur, I sometimes like to go by as an ArtPreneur. Being part of my community is a big deal to me and I put in the effort to help create a better space for where I’m from. I’ve been an artist since the beginning of my life. I believe the genius before me, my mother, passed down some of her talents along to me and I later found a way to make it my own. With art, I’m able to help create stories for the ones who are unheard of or forgotten about. Making a visual representation for people to see with their own eyes the stories that were left out of the picture. I use my art to help bring a connection among the community where it is located. I want the piece to start conversations and lead to people connecting with one another. I look at it as in Art Activism and that’s what I’m doing. 

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

Liberation and reclamation, to me, means to be free and have full capacity to be one’s self. To reclaim what was once theirs or to claim what rightfully belongs to them but had been taken from or wasn’t given the opportunity to be claimed in the first place.

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