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: Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses Location 6

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The 49507 Project: Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses- Location 6

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?

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB)

Acquiring the building and property means we will be able to assist Black businesses and entrepreneurs with creating wealth and opportunities within our community.

Business Description

The District 2012 is the epicenter of entrepreneurship, innovation, and business for our community. The District 2012 is a safe space for disadvantaged entrepreneurs to launch, scale, build, collaborate, try, fail, and to fly. We are building an institution dedicated to economic mobility, growth, and scale. In the heart of one of Grand Rapids Opportunity Zones, the District 2012 will dedicate more than 4,000 square feet to business incubation, affordable coworking, convening and meeting space, along with a robust offering of educational, mentoring, networking, and capital resources – all dedicated to inspiring ideas, creating jobs, scaling companies, and increasing wealth in the community

Business Social Media/Website info

Website: grabblocal.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grabblocal

The Wall :

2012 Eastern building photo

Owner: Jamiel Robinson

Bio – Jamiel Robinson is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder & CEO of Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB). GRABB is an Economic Development enterprise that focuses on fostering an economy that supports the revitalization of the Black community and expands opportunities for Black entrepreneurs in the Metro Grand Rapids area by promoting economic empowerment and equity. Jamiel is also the co-owner of Motu Viget Spirits a premium wine and spirits company and part of the team bringing Ambiance GR Kitchen & Lounge to Downtown Grand Rapids. To date Robinson has been recognized as a leading voice in West Michigan on economic equity with feature articles in the Crain’s Detroit, The Guardian, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Grand Rapids Press and Grand Rapids Magazine. Robinson was named by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce as one of 30 extraordinary leaders over the past 30 years, Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 under Forty Business leaders and inaugural class of Grand Rapids 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders in West Michigan.

Your connection to GR – Born and raised in the city of Grand Rapids

Portrait of Jamiel Robinson

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

Liberation to me means Self-determination and unfettered freedom

Reclamation to me means regain control of our story, narrative and connection to physical spaces

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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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