Detroit definitely has a surplus of houses and a surfeit of people. Why not try to promote a local arts scene by giving away free houses to artists?
I’d like to introduce you to Write-A-House, a different kind of writer’s residency program. The Detroit writers and urban activists who founded the organization in 2012 did so with one goal: use vocational training to renovate vacant homes and then give these homes to writers.
The homes are in emerging, active, and diverse neighborhoods. It won’t be Beverly Hills, but maybe that’s okay.We believe writers are out there – perhaps in Cleveland, Denmark, Brooklyn, or maybe out just past Eight Mile, who are interested in becoming a part of Detroit today. Or maybe they just want a home. We would like to invite them to move in. Even if you already live in Detroit, feel encouraged to apply.
We don’t know of another movement like this, but then Detroit is a unique place. Our idea supports literary arts, vocational education, neighborhood stabilization, and the creation of more vibrant cities.
Good, right? I’m inviting you to please GET INVOLVED