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: Cisneros Tire Service

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The 49507 Project: Cisneros Tire Service

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?

Cisneros Tires

Juan Diego Cisneros was 11 when he ran away from home and worked as a shoe shine kid in Reynosa Tamaulipas MX. He recycled newspapers and helped around different places to have money to eat. He was eventually old enough to work in the fields in the US. He saved money and worked hard. Met his wife and they got married in their 20’s. They are now almost 50 years married. He just packed and left with no second thought to Kalamazoo MI in 1986 when their youngest child was not even a year old yet. Then after 8 months they came to Grand Rapids and Juan started his legacy. Traded a truck and $10,000 dollars cash for a house that he still to this day lives in. 

Owner: Juan Diego Cisneros

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He would wake up at 4 am to go and look for scrap on garbage day, he would try to beat the garbage men to the route. Scraped cars and then eventually opened a shop on Granville ave that he sold and then bought the corner property right next to his house and stared Cisneros Tire Service. Unfortunately in 2001 the building caught fire and was demolished. For 5 years Juan went back to looking for scraps, towing cars and trying to make a dollar in every way. In 2006 He trusted a contractor to build the now standing building, but again misfortune struck. Juan had an appointment he couldn’t miss and the contractor said “put the building material order in my name and I’ll come pick it up in the morning for you” Juan agreed and the next day the order had been returned and the money refunded. The order was in the name of the contractor; he got the money and left the state. Against all odds and luck Juan still took it into his own hand (literally) and build the shop himself from the ground up.

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