Michigan

Heidlberg Project/Charles H. Wright Museum (Detroit, MI)

DEEEtroit……. Basketball. If you’re into the NBA or basketball then you’ve heard that saying before.  Sadly, the basketball team is actually in Auburn Hills, NOT in Detroit, go figure. “Alternative Facts”.  The city says it has plans to move the Detroit Pistons to “Detroit” next year.  Alot of negative things are said about Detroit.  Example : Housing is horrible, there’s nothing to do, there’s no hope, it’s cold, blah, blah, and blah.  I’m here to tell you that the city is absolutely beautiful and it’s being gentrified slowly but surely.  Gentrification isn’t one of those things that I’m happy about, because it puts moderate income households at a slight disadvantage but on the bright spot it helps the city gain more popularity because of it’s “nice”….. Things?  On a brighter note, some amazing people and things come out of Detroit.  Eminem, your favorite rapper, Big Sean, your second favorite rapper, Jazz Music, Art Projects, and much more.  I was able to visit two places on my short visit in Detroit, with both being a couple miles from each other.

The first place I visited was the Charles H. Wright Museum.  It is the second largest African-American History Museum in the United States, and was the biggest for years until the African-American History Museum was built in Washington, D.C.  I never knew there was a museum of this magnitude in Detroit until I actually researched the city to see what it had to offer.  The museum is no more than $8 per adult and for what you’re actually looking at and surrounded by, they should charge much more.  Some parts of the museum are restricted from Camera usage, so unless you have photographic memory, it’ll be challenging for you to remember some of the things.  I was able to take a couple pictures and provide you with a couple of “bloopers” though, so I hope you enjoy.  The place is definitely worth going to and when you do, please let me know what you think of it.

The next place I visited was the Heidelberg Project.  What exactly is the Heidelberg project?  If I had to put it in my words without providing you with an actual definition, I would classify it as a street in Detroit dedicated to “refurbished goods” that has been turned into art.  My definition maybe a little weird because I’m not into the arts, but the Heidelberg project is “The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor community art environment. The elements of the canvas contain recycled materials and found objects, most of which were salvaged from the streets of Detroit. Each work of art is carefully devised to tell a story about current issues plaguing society. As a whole, the HP is symbolic of how many communities in Detroit have become discarded. It asks questions and causes the viewer to think. When you observe the HP, what do you really see? Is it art? Is it junk? Is it telling a story? That’s for you to decide.”

This is one of the places that I would recommend as well.  It brings back alot of memories seeing how far we’ve come.  The yard is filled with old barbie dolls, telephones, stoves, refrigerators, tires, desks, etc. and each item provided has a connection with you in some way, form, or fashion.  I went to Detroit in the winter time, so make sure to bundle up because you’re basically walking on the street.  You literally park your car, get out, and walk about a half a mile.

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Links :

https://thewright.org/

http://www.heidelberg.org/

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