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IdeasCity Detroit
Residency Program

IdeasCity launched the initiative’s first residency program in Detroit. From April 25-30, 2016 Fellows lived and worked in the Herman Kiefer Complex—a former hospital complex in Virginia Park and one of Detroit’s most iconic disused sites —transforming it into a hub of cultural activity. Led by Joseph Grima, this five-day workshop has brought together emerging practitioners who are working at the intersection of community activism, art, design, and technology in cities around the world and included site visits, lectures, and discussions with local experts and community members.

IdeasCity Detroit gathered forty-one extraordinary individuals to tackle specific challenges facing the city. IdeasCity is excited to have had the opportunity to learn from Detroit, to deploy a collective intelligence model based on arts and culture, and to further exchange with the community. The city is in the process of reinventing itself and, once again, is on the verge of transforming our understanding of the modern metropolis. Detroit is a laboratory for a new paradigm of urbanity.

Following an open call for participants in the residency program earlier this year, IdeasCity received over eight hundred applications from thirty countries. Forty-one emerging professionals were selected.


Founding support for IdeasCity
Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller

Global Social Engagement Partner of IdeasCity
LUMA Foundation

Major support for IdeasCity Detroit
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Additional support for IdeasCity Detroit
The Kresge Foundation
Ford Foundation
Lambent Foundation

Fellowship Support for IdeasCity Detroit
US Embassy, Athens

Special thanks to architectural partner 
Ron Castellano from Studio Castellano and the Detroit-based furniture company

Memorandum Of Understanding

It is the express objective of IdeasCity Detroit, an initiative of the New Museum, New York,
to honor and value the people of Detroit by retaining and utilizing both human and material resources that reflect the demographics of the City of Detroit.

The prioritization of small, minority or woman-owned businesses and services, as well those based in the communities of the IdeasCity Detroit residency program, shall likewise be an objective of this collaboration between IdeasCity Detroit and IdeasCity Detroit Fellows.

In addition to this objective, IdeasCity Detroit is committed to inspiring community-created guidelines and projects for community benefit, and to creating a space to build respectful, meaningful, and lasting relationships that will foster creativity and connection among the Fellows, and in our respective cities worldwide.

IdeasCity Detroit Team:
Joseph Grima, Vere van Gool, Isabella Nimmo