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: Mary Malone Location 7

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The 49507 Project: Mary Malone- Location 7

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?

Mary Malone

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Mary grew up on the Southwest and Southeast side of Grand Rapids. Mary has always wanted to be a developer and purchased her first property at the age of 18. Her goal has always been to help her people stand on their own 2 feet. After traveling around for a while and living in other places, she decided it was time to head back home to Grand Rapids. When she returned, she noticed how much things had changed and decided it was the right time to purchase more property. She saw how desolate Burton and Eastern was and knew that in order for her to fight gentrification, she had to buy up all the property that was available. Mary believes that Burton and Eastern can become a retail and event space area specifically for people of color and knows that if someone stands up and believes in her people, they can thrive.

Mary is passionate about women’s entrepreneurship and wants to help women of all ages develop their businesses. She wants to give opportunities to females who have the passion to start their own business. She plans to do so by offering lower-cost rent of the spaces she owns. She truly wants to see Burton and Eastern thrive.

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Connection to Grand Rapids: Mary grew up in Grand Rapids and knows what it’s like to try to make it when others do not believe in her. After living in other states, she knows the power of people coming together and fighting for what they believe in. Grand Rapids is home and she wants to see it flourish and become a place where Black people can own their own businesses.

 

Liberation: Liberation is freedom. Freedom to do the things we want to do, create the businesses, be free and do the things that we have not been able to for years. Liberation means life coming full circle.

 

Reclamation: I want to see my people reclaim our dignity and respect as people and business owners. It means everything to reclaim and reinforce our culture, our schools, our neighborhoods. This is what needs to happen.

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