Dream of Detroit
Grant Type: General Operating
Duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Dream of Detroit is a Muslim-led neighborhood revitalization project, combining community organizing and development on the west side of Detroit. DREAM (Detroit Revival Engaging American Muslims) attracts residents and investment to its impact turf, a 10-block neighborhood facing population loss and disinvestiture, while providing a vehicle for Muslims throughout the area to contribute to the city’s revival.
In 2021, Dream of Detroit plans to launch an audio, photography, and video storytelling initiative to preserve the voices of long-time members of the local Muslim community, as well as residents based in DREAM’s impact turf. This Westside Detroit neighborhood is anchored by a 35-year-old mosque and community center and a 15-year-old free clinic operated by Muslim doctors, and is situated near several historically important mosques. DREAM’s storytelling project will bridge the gap between some of Detroit’s oldest and largest Muslim congregations and a neighborhood that is over 90 percent Black and overwhelmingly low income. To gather stories, DREAM will draw on the principles of participatory action research, a method of gathering data in which the people who are most affected by an issue engage in a collaborative effort to carry out research about that issue. DREAM plans to systematize and synthesize their efforts at mutually empowering engagement with neighborhood residents and stakeholders toward revitalization.
Year founded: 2013
Location: Detroit, MI