(08/26/13) - A once vacant and rundown home in Flint is being transformed as part of a unique art project.
Driving down University Avenue through the Carriage Town neighborhood in Flint, you might notice a pop of color.
The mix of orange, blue, yellow and red is just a preview of what's to come.
"I hope it encourages people to just think about things differently, to reconsider value, especially of forgotten and disregarded items," said project manager Andrew Perkins.
Perkins, with the Flint Public Art Project, sees the value in the vacant house, which also served as a funeral home. He and others are transforming it into an artist's haven.
"It's an attempt to resist the throw-away culture that has become so prevalent across the country. It's not something that is necessarily the easiest, but it's become important culturally," he said.
The top floor will likely become low-cost housing for artists. Downstairs will be work space and galleries.
Perkins says they've already poured thousands into rehabbing the home, and they've done so with re-purposed materials.
It will take about $50,000 and months of labor to continue the project.
Perkins hopes the building won't just serve artists. He'd like it to become a symbol of resilience in a community trying to re-build itself.
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