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ArtPrize Pairs with Habitat for Humanity in $21 Million Plan to Redevelop Neighborhood

They're strange bedfellows for a good cause: ArtPrize, the giant visual art competition established by philanthropist Rick DeVos—will be teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to embark on a twenty-one-million-dollar urban improvement plan. The initiative aims to redevelop a two-block area in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood in Michigan, reports Michigan Live’s Jim Harger.

Habitat for Humanity has turned over buildings it acquired to the expertise of SiTE:LAB, the three-time winner of ArtPrize’s juried award for best venue, to overhaul a two-block area dubbed “Plaza Roosevelt.”

“A former service garage has been repainted as an ArtPrize entry bright yellow with abstract black and red patterns. Artists also will set up displays inside the garage,” writes Harger. Meanwhile, several Habitat-owned houses will become spaces for artists in residence who will be invited “from Latin American countries and communities.”