The 49507 Project is a Black, Brown, Queer, and youth-led project rooted in collaboration to help make truly Public Art steered by the community where these pieces will live. This community art will utilize artists that are a reflection of those who have been underserved in The 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to furtner activate our fellow neighbors, shift power dynamics in under resourced areas, and more importantly, change the narrative while pushing to make The 49507 a multicultural arts district so that we can make our neighborhood a reflection of the culture that calls our community home for years to come.

The 49507 Project

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The 49507 Project

The 49507 Project is a Black, Brown, Queer, and youth-led project rooted in collaboration to help make truly Public Art steered by the community where these pieces will live. This community art will utilize artists that are a reflection of those who have been underserved in The 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate our fellow neighbors, shift power dynamics in under-resourced areas, and more importantly, change the narrative while pushing to make The 49507 a multicultural arts district so that we can make our neighborhood a reflection of the culture that calls our community home for years to come.

The 49507 Project: More than just Murals

The 49507 Project is an artist and youth-led community celebration commissioning seven local Black and Brown artists for large scale murals on prominent buildings in majority Black and Brown neighborhoods. The Project begins with arts programming for young people, incorporates community listening sessions and summer programming, and concludes with a youth-organized community art unveiling. This is an anti-racist project by and for POC.

Not only will these murals bring vibrancy to the area for years to come but fostering youth as future leaders of their community will have a lasting impact.

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Project Details

Youth who complete the Diatribe’s Writing to Right Wrongs program with the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan at Ottawa Hills High School in 2021 will be invited to participate in The 49507 Project. After learning about gentrification, redlining and housing discrimination, these students will take part in the development of the project, learn organizing skills, and play key roles. Click + to read more

Youth will work collaboratively with mural artists and Diatribe team members to plan community listening sessions to gather input from neighborhood residents. Sessions will be an opportunity for dialogue with community stakeholders ranging from business owners, to nonprofit professionals, community advocates, pastors, elders, parents, and artists. The conversation with neighbors will not only shape the art, but hopefully work as a catalyst to document the ways extraordinary, everyday, Grand Rapidians would like to see our neighborhoods evolve.

Artists will synthesize these ideas and design murals that reflect the community to be installed in the fall. Youth will plan and execute the public art community mural unveilings and will present spoken word at the events.

This initiative is led by Black and Brown artists and marginalized groups for their own communities. The 49507 Project will create sustainable, youth-led initiatives to shift the future narrative of local 49507 neighborhoods by educating students about fair housing rights and fostering their voice through spoken word, giving them the tools to integrate the arts with social justice and community organizing.

Support

The 49507 Project is made possible through the generous financial support of individuals and local funders. Contributions to the Diatribe fund programs in schools and community that help students find their voice, empower neighbors, and celebrate our community. Help us make this possible for years to come.

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Artists and Locations

Click the artist and business names to learn more about them. For last year’s lineup, click here: 2021 Artists and Locations

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Click the map to above to plan your trip!

Photo of Samaria J's building

1.  701 Grandville Ave SW 

Artist • Arturo Morales Romero

Business • Samaria J’s Salon Suite

Image of Cisnero's Service

2. 800 Division Ave S

Artist • Alynn Guerra

Business • Cisneros Tire Service

Bare All clothing building

3. 123 Hall St SE

ArtistBakPak

BusinessBareAll

Photo of Aleman Auto Repair

4. 1801 Division Ave S

Artist • Hugo Claudin

Business • Aleman Auto Repair

load a spud building

5. 1721 Madison Ave SE

ArtistEdwin Anderson

Business • Load A Spud

1721 Madison building photo

6. 1216 Kalamazoo Ave SE

ArtistRryuhn Dotson

Business • Mr. B’s Party Store

mary malone building

7. 1956 Eastern Ave SE

Artist • Mila Lynn

Business • Mary Malone

farmers insurance building

8. 2435 Eastern Ave

Artist • Wanda Moreno

BusinessFarmers Insurance

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