Artist Tyree Guyton started the Heidelberg Project 27 years ago as a necessary response to the decay of his childhood neighborhood in the notoriously dangerous East Side of Detroit. Slowly, the vacant houses on the block were transformed into colorful, whimsical structures of art, covered in painted polka-dots, stuffed animals, record vinyls, shoes and other recycled pieces. It’s a continually evolving art installation that becomes much more than a wordless political statement about the city of Detroit’s attitude towards these abandoned homes (enough to stir a response, for sections of the Heidelberg Project have been demolished twice in its history)—the movement is now a powerful community outreach program for kids. When perusing “Noah’s Arc” or “The House of Soul,” don’t be surprised to see kids (and a supervising adult) manning a little booth to sell T-shirts to support the non-profit organization or a youth art workshop taking place. The future of the “Funky Artistic Cultural Village” lies in their hands.