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Good Bones

Good Bones Story

As Detroit’s resurgence is focused downtown and led by people of means, the rich histories of neighborhoods – and neighbors – continue to be erased by foreclosures, demolitions and deterioration. Artist Shoshanna Utchenik, of Interstate Arts, was inspired by the many stories that emerged as she helped the James and Grace Lee Boggs School settle into its new home in the historic Sophie Wright Settlement House on Mitchell and Superior, as their founding art teacher. Also inspired by the work of the Boggs School Oral History Club, she assembled a team of artists to bring neighborhood stories to life in an innovative, exciting way. Through this project her aim was to encourage continued curiosity and intergenerational exchange around both our larger cultural dialogue of “resurgence” and between students and neighbors of Sophie Wright who have so much to offer each other.