The “Art Alive!” project was an art, gardening, mural project supported by the Active Living Detroit Mini-Grant Committee, ArtsCorps Detroit, the Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative, Keep Growing Detroit, DNPE (Detroit Neighborhoods Partnership East), the Wayne State University Art Therapy program, Healthy Environments Partnership, the Michigan Council of the Arts and the Women of Vision. The program was designed to engage adolescent and pre-adolescent youth in a community-based art education and gardening project provided by a professional artist and a master gardener along with Mack Alive volunteers. Mural and gardening sessions focused on art, gardening, creativity, youth empowerment and community building in the City of Detroit. Following introductory art education and orientation sessions, participants developed the garden, planted and tended the garden and documented their experiences through photography. The program met on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and engaged 40 youth in the development of a garden and a mural painting. The students learned photography as well as gardening. They sold their produce at the Islandview Farmer’s Market on Grand Boulevard and Mack. Vegetables and flowers were given to attendees, their parents and supporters and members of the community. At the Harvest Art Show the young people described their photographs, their roles and what they learned during the project. They presented a summary of their art and photos and shared the vegetables with the community. Next Spring, the participants will teach other community members, younger children and new gardeners how to create a neighborhood garden.

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From neighbohood beautification to youth mentorship, at Mack Alive we depend on the hardwork and dedication of our volunteers to advance our cause. No matter your skill set, Mack Alive can put your talents to use as we help to re-build our community.  

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