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Michele P
9817 Jos Campau
(Downtown Hamtramck Business District)
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the project

In recent years, there have been efforts to revitalize and transform the alleyways in Hamtramck into more vibrant and community-oriented spaces. One such initiative is the proposed Joe Louis Greenway. The Joe Louis Greenway is a planned greenway and multi-use trail that aims to connect neighborhoods, parks, and other destinations throughout the Detroit metropolitan area.

The proposed Joe Louis Greenway, named after the famous boxer Joe Louis, envisions converting certain alleyways in Hamtramck into pedestrian-friendly paths. These alleyways would be transformed into green spaces with landscaping, public art installations, seating areas, and amenities for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. The goal is to create a safe and attractive environment for both residents and visitors, encouraging physical activity, community engagement, and alternative transportation options with plans and implementation expaning into 2028.

Installing murals in the alleyways of Hamtramck can serve as an impactful way to jumpstart beautification efforts even before the implementation of the Joe Louis Greenway. By implementing mural installations along the alleyways, Hamtramck can harness the transformative power of art to revitalize these spaces, create a positive first impression, and lay the groundwork for further beautification efforts. The murals can serve as a catalyst for community engagement, economic vitality, and the overall enhancement of the alleyways, setting the stage for the future implementation of the Joe Louis Greenway.

the steps

Project Implementation Steps:

  1. Community Engagement: a. Organize community meetings and workshops to introduce the project, solicit ideas, and engage local residents, artists, and businesses. b. Collaborate with local artists and organizations to develop a theme that reflects Hamtramck's cultural diversity and history. c. Create a volunteer committee to oversee the project's implementation, ensuring inclusivity and community representation.

  2. Artist Selection and Mural Design: a. Facilitate a call for artists, inviting local and regional artists to submit their proposals for the mural designs. b. Review artist applications based on artistic merit, experience, and alignment with the project's theme. c. Select a diverse group of artists and assign specific businesses or sections of the alleyways for each mural.

  3. Mural Installation: a. Collaborate with business owners to obtain permission and support for mural installation on their rear facades. b. Coordinate with selected artists to finalize their mural designs, ensuring they align with the approved themes. c. Organize the necessary equipment, materials, and permits for the mural installation process. d. Schedule a timeline for mural creation, taking into account weather conditions and artist availability. e. Implement appropriate safety measures during the mural installation to ensure the well-being of artists and volunteers.

  4. Maintenance and Community Involvement: a. Develop a maintenance plan to ensure the longevity of the murals, including periodic touch-ups and cleaning. b. Encourage community involvement in mural upkeep, such as organizing volunteer painting days or establishing a mural maintenance fund. c. Organize mural unveiling events to celebrate the completed artworks and promote community engagement.

  5. Documentation and Promotion: a. Capture high-quality photographs and videos of the completed murals. b. Share the project's progress and success through social media, local news outlets, and community newsletters. c. Develop a website or digital platform dedicated to the project, showcasing the artists, businesses, and stories behind each mural.

why we're doing it

Art has an incredible capacity to foster social connection, break down barriers, and promote inclusivity. Through the creation of murals, we aim to bring diverse individuals and communities together. By involving local artists and engaging residents in the mural design and installation process, we create opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. The mural project becomes a catalyst for social engagement, strengthening the sense of belonging, and forging meaningful connections between neighbors.

Our neighborhood/city faces economic challenges, including limited business visibility and reduced foot traffic. By beautifying our environment with captivating murals, we seek to revitalize the local economy. The increased aesthetic appeal attracts more visitors, resulting in higher footfall for businesses located in the vicinity of the murals. By supporting local artists, we also contribute to the growth of the creative industry and provide economic opportunities within our community.

Through the Art Mural Beautification Project, we aim to address environmental issues within our neighborhood/city. Neglected and unattractive spaces often contribute to a sense of apathy and disregard for the environment. By transforming blank walls into stunning works of art, we create a sense of pride and ownership among residents. This shift in perspective can inspire greater care and appreciation for our surroundings, encouraging individuals to take part in environmental initiatives such as waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable practices.

We are driven by a deep passion to create positive change in our neighborhood/city. Art is a universal language that transcends boundaries and inspires emotions. By infusing our environment with artistic expression, we aim to ignite a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy in the hearts of residents and visitors alike. We envision a future where our streets are alive with color, where our alleyways tell stories, and where our community embraces its unique identity.



Mural Expense Item Budget ($10,000):

  1. Paint and Supplies: $3,000
  2. Artists' Fees: $5,000
  3. Equipment Rental: $500
  4. Permit Fees: $500
  5. Miscellaneous Expenses: $1,000

Total Estimated Budget: $10,000


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 5% $535.27
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3% $170.22
TOTAL TO RAISE $10,705.49
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


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