In some ways, inches in LOVELAND are like shares in the project, and teeny tiny shares of Detroit. And shares should be called shares for a reason, right? For season 2, LOVELAND is splitting the overall income from its new 50,000 inch goal with seven different projects in Detroit that run a spectrum of land use: farming, community gardens, architectural rehabilitation, and art.
Our first grant, $1500 for Monumental Kitty, part of the Corktown Pedestrian Overpass Improvement Project, was successfully funded on July 16, 2010 thanks to the generous inchvestment of 57 inchdividuals!
Our second grant, $2000 towards the rehabilitation of Spaulding Court, was successfully funded on August 16th by 26 inchdividuals!
Our third grant of $5000 helped the Hygienic Dress League put a solar-powered neon billboard on the Roosevelt Hotel in November 2010.
The Georgia Street Community Collective is a community garden run by neighborhood residents and volunteers. Their goal is to make their community a better place through the use of urban farming and neighborhood events. With this grant they will install a new fence around one of the gardens and build an outdoor brick oven. Meet Mark Covington, The Farmer, and learn more in this short documentary made by Detroit Lives!
Detroit Lives! produces media that tell a good story about Detroit. "Media" translates to public art, an apparel line and filmmaking. The idea is to balance the portrayal (by all types of media) of Detroit from the inside and out. This LOVELAND grant will help them produce more documentary videos about great people and projects in the city.
Motor City Blight Busters works on a variety of city improvement projects, including but not limited to, securing abandoned buildings, house painting, renovation, and building. They also create public artworks and are currently developing a community space that will include a cafe, an art gallery, and internet stations. <br/><br/><iframe title="YouTube video player" width="600" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nxk5T_XBJGM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
The Hygienic Dress League is a husband-wife creative duo and fantasy brand who bring vacant buildings in Detroit to life through art interventions like this and this. With the grant money they'll be able to purchase materials and install an ambitious new work they've been planning. Really, we can't wait to see it. HDL do some of the best and most visible public art we've seen anywhere.
Spaulding Court is the name of a street that runs between a pair of long, low townhouse buildings in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. Over the last several years, the buildings have been a haven for illegal and dangerous activity. After a pair of fires in early 2009, the condition of the buildings deteriorated rapidly. After repeated attempts to contact the owner of Spaulding Court to seek legally required improvements, the Residents Council filed a nuisance abatement claim with Wayne County. That process has concluded and Friends of Spaulding Court, a community nonprofit who now holds title to the property, needs some help fixing it up!
Monumental Kitty is a sculpture designed by Jerome Ferretti, an artist who has lived and worked in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan for 30 years. When constructed, Monumental Kitty will rest at the north foot of the Corktown Pedestrian Overpass. This overpass once served as a direct pathway to Detroit's old Tiger Stadium, for those attending baseball games. Old Tiger Stadium has been demolished, but the pedestrian overpass still serves as a gateway, connecting the two very active neighborhoods of North and South Corktown. This sculpture is a Corktown Residents' Council project and part of the first of a three phase project to beautify the overpass, serving as an icon for the neighborhood that will both welcome and say farewell to Corktown's residents and visitors.