Conference Schedule

360° Degrees of Heidelberg: Exploring New Directions for a Sustainable Arts Community 

Thursday October 11th – Sunday October 14th 

Thursday October 11, 2018

4 pm – 7 pm

Our 360° of Heidelberg Conference will kick off with a Pig Roast Welcome at our new Heidelberg Headquarters located at Heidelberg and McDougall. This meet and greet event will feature a tour of our new space and live entertainment by: Detroit Poets, InsideOut, Detroit School of Arts Jazz Ensemble and Gabriel Brass Band.  


Friday October 12, 2018

8:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:45 am Opening Plenary Presentation
Presenter: Jenenne Whitfield

Art and Metaphysics.  In this opening (grounding) session Whitfield introduces principles of metaphysics which both she and Guyton credit as the primary sustaining factor for the work they have accomplished with the Heidelberg Project.  This session is designed to set the tone for a holistic approach to the work within the conference. Heidelbergology modules are shared along with a presentation on how the work has become a science (experimental, messy, provocative and compelling).  Designed to be catalytic, memorable, inspirational, and to get people moving and thinking. It is a call to action.



Morning Concurrent Sessions

CASES 1 & 2:  A White Paper, An Inside View is the stimulus for sessions I and II providing a factual summation of the HP’s 32 year journey.  It is accompanied by the HP’s timeline and archive of articles and publications. The discussions in session 1 and 2 are designed to help broaden perspectives and catalyze discussion by exploring pros, cons and lessons learned.

Sectors:  Art in Social Justice, Art in Economic and Community Development, Art in Politics
Core principle:  Art is a catalyst for positive change in a community

10:00 am- 11:30 am

Moderator:  Candace Jackson
Session Title:  Driving Social and Community Change
Presenters: Marilyn Wheaton, Larry Gant, Michael Stone Richards, Sue Mosey

10:00 am – 11:30 am

SESSION 2 (Room B)
Moderator: Leslie Love
Session Title:  Heidelberg 3.0
Presenters: Andrew Sturm, Roula David, Craig Wilkins, Donna Givens  


>> LUNCH 11:30 am – 12:30 pm >>


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

CASES 3 & 4: Through its work, the HP has maintained that Art is Medicine and that its healing properties unfold in a variety of ways.  Session 3 explores the healing characteristics of the HP based upon the knowledge, experience and expertise of each of the presenters in the fields of Art Therapy, Art Education, and Art in Trauma. Each presenter has developed their own case to support their claims of the healing characteristics of HP. Session 4 explores how Art changes attitudes in the short term and behavior in the long term through a series of short personal testimonies and brief stories of health, hope, inspiration, resilience and endurance. Opening and grounding the session are five individuals, who have been engaged with the HP for at least 20 years, and who will offer defining HP experiences.

Sectors: Art in Healing/Therapy/Spirituality/Education
Core Principles: Art as Medicine/Art changing Attitudes in the short term and behaviors in the long-term

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

SESSION 3 (Room A)
Moderator:  Jessica Williams
Session Title:  Art as Medicine 
Presenters: Dr. Holly Feen-Calligan, Dr. Richard Raubolt, Heidelberg Arts and Leadership Academy (HALA) Educators (Anya Dennis, Keisa Davis, Charmin Archer)

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

SESSION 4 (Room B)
Moderator:  Joan Verla, WSU
Session Title:  Reflections
Presenters: Charles Anderson, Dan Hoops, Jodee Raines, Derrick May, Jessica Care Moore


>> BREAK 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm >>


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (Continued)

CASE 5: The International Discovery session explores the national and international implications and prospects of the HP and, by extension, the Detroit arts and cultural community.  The theme for this session is inspired by visitors from over 144 countries and by Jenenne and Tyree’s travel to five continents to share the story, practices and outcomes of the HP.  Can Detroit forge and lead a new sustainable arts and cultural industry as it once did in auto manufacturing over 100 years ago?

Sectors:  Art in Business, Art in Economic and Community Development, Art in Politics
Core principle:  Art is a catalyst for positive change in a community

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

SESSION 5 (Room A)
Moderator:  Terry Campbell (add Photo)
Session Title:  A Local to Global Story
Presenters: Julie Egan, Dietrich Knoer, Jules Polk, Aku Kadogo


CASE 6: Preserving and Protecting. Detroit has no precedence for an organization like the HP and the work that the Heidelberg Project has accomplished.  How do we preserve, protect and secure the future for what has been accomplished? Who is engaged in this work and how is it done? The Kohler Foundation (Sheboygan WI) has been engaged in preserving and protecting outdoor art environments created by artists in Wisconsin, and throughout the U.S. for 30 years. Detroiters have a unique opportunity to learn how the Kohler Foundation has accomplished this work to secure a future for the arts in communities.

Sectors:  Art in Preserving and Protecting, Art in Business,
Core principle:  Changing Attitudes in the short term and changing behavior in the long-term

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

SESSION 6 (Room B)
Moderator:  Dr. Marion Jackson
Session Title:  Preserving Arts and Cultural Assets = Preserving Communities!
Presenters: Christine Taylor, Lisa Stone, Jacqueline Taylor



Highlight: Tyree Guyton studio visit at SPOT LITE (2905 Beaufait) 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Saturday October 12, 2018

SPOTLITE  (2905 Beaufait)
9:00 am  Continental Breakfast

Morning Sessions

Artist Spotlight: Dr. Charles Smith, Founder of the African American Heritage Museum and Black Veteran Archives

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Internationally acclaimed Artist, Activist and self-proclaimed Doctor of Art, Charles Smith (affectionately known as Doc), will share his experience creating art installations for over 30 years in two sites, Aurora IL and New Orleans LA.  Doc will also discuss his experience working with the Kohler Foundation and his personal pact and dedication to Tyree and Jenenne. Q & A will be moderated by Jenenne Whitfield.


>> BREAK 10:45 am – 11:00 am >>


Artist Round Table: Detroit’s creative assets are inextricably tied to Detroit’s future.  They make the city attractive, contribute to the quality of life and economic vitality of the city, and they attract a young and vibrant class of thinkers and creatives.  Detroit’s future depends on the incorporation of the arts and our case for recognition and integration of the arts is urgent! Our case is inspired by years of artists building community, driving social change, and contributing to the development and story of Detroit.  The time is now to provide the recognition, resources and support to artists to contribute to the next chapter in the city’s growth, development and success.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Moderator:  Ingrid LaFleur, Thought Leader/Activist
Lead by:  Gina Reichert and Tanya Stephens
Session Title:  Building Legacy/Defining Futures

Presenters:  United Artists of Detroit (UAD) along with artists, creatives and supporters of the arts voice their future vision for art and culture in Detroit. Special Guests include: George N’Namdi and Shahida Mausi, Kimberly Driggins and Adrian Tonon.

UAD will unpack three topics:  Creating a Detroit Arts Council; Equitable Arts Development through Real Estate and Land Ownership; and ideas surrounding a Percentage for the Arts through New Development.


>> LUNCH 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm >>     

 Film Presentation – Various clips of the Heidelberg Project and Photo Montage over lunch


Afternoon Sessions

Heidelberg Spotlight : Up Close and Personal – Interview with founding executive director, now president, Jenenne Whitfield and Heidelberg Project founder, Artist and Activist Tyree Guyton.  An exploration of their journey, up close and personal. Through reflections, Guyton and Whitfield will share: trials and tribulations, passions and pains, principles over personalities and their three-way love affair that fuels the HP.

2:00 pm – 3:30pm

Moderated by: Orlando Bailey and audience
Session Title:  Up close and personal
Presenters: Tyree Guyton and Jenenne Whitfield  
Format:  A deep probe by the audience into the journey of the Heidelberg Project through the eyes of Tyree and Jenenne.




Saturday Evening (Continued)


MOCAD (4454 Woodward)

7:00 pm -11:00 pm

Tyree Guyton Spotlight, MOCAD 30-year Retrospective and Party – A 30 plus year chronology of the works of Tyree Guyton/Heidelberg Project featured in all galleries at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).  Featuring the opening of “Process.” Tyree discusses his work, his tenacity and his commitment to the city of Detroit. Tyree will also sign copies of Process, a compilation of his creative process.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm  

Moderator:  Jova Lynn
Session Title:  2 + 2 = 8
Presenter:  Tyree Guyton
Party and networking to follow with strolling buffet and cash bar


Sunday October 14, 2018

Sunday Brunch / Conference Wrap Up

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Session Title: Call to action/Closing Remarks
Next Steps/Call to Action from Maurice Cox, Director of Planning & Development, City of Detroit
Closing Remarks from John Erb, CEO of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation