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Free Art Friday at The Heidelberg Project

Free Art Friday Detroit and The Heidelberg Project

Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

Detroit, MI

Free Art Friday at The Heidelberg Project

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Create art on the most inspiring street in Detroit!


This event brings The Heidelberg Project and Free Art Friday Detroit together in a workshop aimed to inspire the artist in all of us. During this workshop, we will share the work of both organizations, tour the famous Heidelberg Street and create several pieces of art.

We'll incorporate the style of The Heidelberg Project's founder Tyree Guyton in the creation of miniature homes and place them respectfully around the city in the tradition of Free Art Friday Detroit. It's an incredible way to explore your creative side and share your love of art with the world. 

Join us and get creative! 



What is The Heidelberg Project?

The Heidelberg Project is art, energy, and community. It’s an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 27th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives.

Heidelberg Street



What is Free Art Friday Detroit (FAFDET)?

FAFDET is a free art scavenger hunt held in the city of Detroit. Every week dozens of artists create art, then hide it around the city for others to enjoy. Here's how it works: 

1. An artist creates a custom piece of art – anything from a painting to a screenprint to a sculpture.

2. Instead of keeping it for themselves or selling it, they leave it respectfully in public places around the city.

3. They write their contact info on the back of the piece and include a note offering more instructions. See sample:

4. The artist posts a photo clue of the drop spot to the FAFDET Facebook page and tweets the same clue with hashtag #FAFDET.

5. Anyone who finds it is free to take the artwork home. We just ask that they tweet or post a photo to this page letting us know it has found a good home!

Here's a piece hidden on the statues at the YMCA! Can you spot it?


Have questions about Free Art Friday at The Heidelberg Project? Contact Free Art Friday Detroit and The Heidelberg Project

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The Heidelberg Project
42 Watson St
Detroit, MI 48201

Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Free Art Friday Detroit and The Heidelberg Project

The Free Art Movement has had a presence in Detroit with Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project for decades. In the past two years, dozens of local artists have contributed their own art to the Detroit landscape through Free Art Friday Detroit.



Free Art Friday Detroit (FAFDET) is a free art scavenger hunt that was initiated in Detroit by Skidmore Studio in 2011. The mission of FAFDET is to promote creativity in the city, celebrate art in all its forms and encourage people to explore the great city of Detroit. The weekly public event is fueled by professional and amateur artists that donate their talents in support of this mission. For more information about FAFDET or to find clues to free art, visit

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art environment and a 501 (c) 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of their greater community. For more information about The Heidelberg Project, visit


Skidmore Studio

Skidmore is a design studio based in Detroit’s historic Madison Theatre Building. A fun, fearless and fanatical group, Skidmore is dedicated to generating inspired ideas that translate to extraordinary results. Through Design Thinking, our team of designers, illustrators and strategists build extraordinary brands using bold strategy and design. To view samples of Skidmore's award-winning creative work, visit



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Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Due to rain, we will be moving the Free Art Friday workshop to The Heidelberg Project's Midtown studio located at 42 Watson Street, Detroit, MI 48201. Time remains from 11 am - 1 pm. 

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