Public art doesn’t just inspire, it builds resilience in our communities by creating opportunities for people to connect with each other and relate to spaces in new ways. Public art is also critical to supporting the creative economy by attracting foot traffic, creating jobs for artists and building wealth in neighborhoods. That’s why a core part of our mission is focused on supporting arts and cultural institutions. In Detroit, art and culture are foundational to what makes our city so unique.

Since 2017, we’ve supported 1XRUN, a community of artists, curators and art fans through a variety of programs. What began as a sponsorship of their Murals in the Market Festival (recently rebranded as Murals in Islandview) expanded into a partnership that brought the Small Business Murals Project to life. The goal of these public art initiatives has been to increase access to art in Detroit neighborhoods, and to support artists while elevating public spaces and local businesses with beautiful works of art.