We’re committed to the power of art in the lives of youth, and so we maintain several programs dedicated to bringing art into the lives of children in Brightmoor. We maintain an after-school art program in St. Christine’s, as well as a summer weekly Art on the Farm Way event working with Summer in the City. Beyond this, we have integrated art into the community through our many beautiful gardens and murals throughout the farm way. Each year the addition of more color and beauty into the community has encouraged more and more people to invest in the neighborhood, and allowed us to achieve our goal of community participation as well.
The edible playscape: 14917 Bramell. A garden for the little ones. Every thing can be touched, played with and eaten.
Lamphere Community Garden: 14910 Lamphere. Kids 7-11 learn how to grow veggies, and get some experience selling it at market. They are part of a city wide network called Youth Growing Detroit
Brightmoor Youth Garden: 15133 Grayfield. Kids 11-18 learn how to grow vegetables and fruits, sell them at market and run a profit sharing business.
Ideas for community gardens come from inside the neighborhood, not outside, and we make those ideas happen. Over time, this has built our community as people have learned that they can make a difference from inside our neighborhood, rather than having to leave. These gardens have both brought color into the neighborhood and provided 34,000 square feet of growing space bringing in $7,000 for market gardeners. By bringing both beauty and business into Brightmoor, our gardens have created a stronger sense of community for our neighbors.
Structural Blight projects
By boarding up abandoned homes with murals, we have created visible evidence of our neighborhood’s turnaround. Empty houses have served in the past only as a source of drugs, crime, and blight, but now with our murals they serve as a source of pride of the neighborhood that even those driving through can see.
In 2013, Neighbors Building Brightmoor and the Wayne County Sheriff launched the S.C.O.U.T. Patrol, pairing neighbors and sheriff’s deputies in regular neighborhood patrols to address quality of life issues as well as criminal activity and patterns.