The Alley Project is a garage studio and alley gallery that highlights legal street art produced by local youth and community members. Artists, teens, and neighbors have worked together to build a foundation for creative expression that highlights the community’s diversity and provides opportunities for youth to enjoy the street art subculture without vandalizing property or joining gangs.
The Alley Project is an initiative of Young Nation, a nonprofit organization promoting the development of youth in urban settings through building relationships, community education, and passion-driven projects. Since 2004, The Alley Project has evolved from 4 garage canvases to a hub that includes alleys and adjacent vacant lots in their Southwest Detroit neighborhood that welcomes dozens of participants each month. Artists, youth, and neighbors gather weekly in the studio and alley to work on new projects, discuss challenges, share ideas, and maintain the spaces.