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: Mr B’s Party Store- Location 4

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The 49507 Project: Mr B’s Party Store- Location 4

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?

Mr B’s Party Store

My name is Desmond Chambers. I am a Jamaican born and raised. At the age of 11 my family moved to the US. I have 7 sons and 2 daughters. I am happily married and enjoy my life. I work hard and love people.

Connection to GR: I am a small business owner here in the city of GR. I love to serve and communicate with the people of my community.

Liberation: Having a choice whenever there are 2 sides to something.

Reclamation: I support and appreciate reclamation when done right with minimal impact on the environment/community. I support reclamation if it’s truly designed to create opportunities to improve our community for people to thrive. I do not support the cause if it involves disrupting the community, inflicting harm, or getting rid of existing community partners.

Owner: Desmond Chambers

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Contact/Booking: info@thediatribe.org

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

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