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: Samaria Js Salon- Location 2

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The 49507 Project: Samaria Js Salon- Location 2

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?

Samaria J’s Salon

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Being a service to others has always been my passion, both personally and professionally. I’m a licensed cosmetologist and have owned my own salon for over 18 years. I believe a healthy spirit and body go hand in hand and I treat every client with special care and detail in my salon as well as in my real estate profession. I’m a wife and mother and currently president of the Grandville Ave Business Association and serve actively in my community. It’s just in my DNA! When I’m not working on my professions, I enjoy spending time with family and friends singing, dancing, cooking and playing or watching sports. My mission as a community activist is to help ensure that family legacies remain intact and continue to be cultivated and opportunities for equitable growth are accessible for our children now and many generations to come. My personal mantra is: “I believe not in what person, place or thing seems to be, but what it has the ability to become!”

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Owner: Samaria J

Connection to Grand Rapids: Homegrown, born, and rooted, in the Southwest and Southeast.

Liberation: freedom to be & see, to move and groove, to step in and out, to tear down and build-up

Reclamation: walking in the destiny that was designed for me due to my people’s history. I was placed on a journey of creativity that has been untapped. It is mine and you cannot stop me from receiving it!

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Contact/Booking: info@thediatribe.org

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

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