Detroit Steps Project: Art Overtakes The Steps

The Detroit Steps Project is an ongoing local effort to transform a two-block stretch of public stairs into a place of beauty and art. Read more here.


Change Will Happen One Drawing and One Step At A Time!

Sunday November 22nd marks the kickoff for the Detroit Steps Project online art competition and fundraiser. Participants can draw on a downloaded or a paper copy of the Detroit Steps. All submissions will be considered for conceptual designs towards the official tiling of the Detroit Steps. Inspiration and details here.

Local residents and art enthusiasts will be picking up markers and crayons starting on November 22nd and have until December 6th to submit them. An adult and a child winner will be selected through an online voting process by the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association members. Local artist Amar Pai has accepted an invitation to decorate the steps to inspire and kick-off the competition with his colorful pastel chalk creations.

An online raffle with items from local businesses and residents alike will also be included. The goal is to raise $1,500 to help the Detroit Steps Project buy native plants for the Upper Steps, located between Joost Avenue and Monterey Blvd.

Project leader Rosaura Valle said, “We’ve made amazing progress, and now we need the community’s help in steering the design of the steps for all Sunnyside residents to enjoy!”

To sign up for raffle and the drawing contest, participants should go to: https://detroit-steps.squarespace.com/drawing-contest

The DPS began efforts on this beautification project in November 2018. It was awarded District 7 Participatory Grant funds in 2019 and most recently submitted a request to receive funding through the Community Challenge Grant to continue its multi-phased beautification project.

Art submission will be:
-$45 per family
-$15 individual child or senior
-$25 per adult
Neighbors are encouraged to sponsor other neighbors as a holiday gift.

About the Detroit Steps Project
Detroit Steps Project (DPS) is a multi-phased community-led beautification project to improve and beautify the Detroit Steps with landscaping and tiling. More information about DSP can be found at: https://detroitsteps.org/

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