Detroit Entrepreneurs and Artists Collaborate on Second Annual Quicken Loans Small Business Murals Project

  • August 2, 2018

1xRUN and Quicken Loans Community Fund again partner to collaborate with Detroit’s most prominent muralists.

Please see the end of this page for photos and a video of the project.

DETROIT, August 2, 2018 – For the second straight year, Quicken Loans has partnered with 1xRUN — the team behind Detroit’s wildly successful Murals In The Market —  to help strengthen small, local businesses and support the city’s creative community. Earlier this month, the Small Business Murals Project helped create 6 new murals on the sides of buildings owned by entrepreneurs throughout Detroit. The project also produced 6 murals for small Detroit businesses in 2017.

Collaboration between local artists and businesses is at the core of the Quicken Loans Small Business Murals Project. Over the course of 10 days, Detroit artists Sabrina Nelson, Tony WHLGN, Paul Johnson, Anthony Lee, Tylonn J. Sawyer and Zak Meers worked hand-in-hand with local business owners to create vibrant, larger-than-life pieces of art in communities across the city. From concept to final designs, the artists and entrepreneurs made each location unique and representative of the flavor and character of the business — as well as neighborhood — all through each artist’s signature style.

“The small business murals are a great way to celebrate Detroit’s deep-rooted connection between art and entrepreneurship,” said Helen Johnson, Vice President of Quicken Loans Community Fund. “Growing small businesses and promoting the rich talent of local artists are key to the advancement of Detroit’s neighborhoods. We’re thrilled to see this project continue to expand and inspire creative collaboration throughout the city while also bringing attention, and increased foot traffic, to the businesses featured in this year’s project.”

New this year, three of the artists opted to design new “paint by numbers” style murals.  More than 30 Quicken Loans team members were able to participate and help complete the projects in the Southwest Detroit, North End and Grandmont Rosedale areas.

“Spending time at each of the walls while these artists are painting is a profound experience. With so many people from the neighborhood stopping by to see what’s going on, and to ask each of the artists questions, these works of art become a part of the community instantly and help transform a little corner in each neighborhood,” Jesse Cory co-founder of 1xRUN & Murals In The Market said.

The Quicken Loans Small Business Murals Project is part of a larger philanthropic strategy to invest in housing stability, entrepreneurship, education and employment, public space activation and community sponsorship in Detroit. Through its For-More-Than-Profit model, the Quicken Loans Community Fund brings together for-profit businesses and non-profit investments. All of the businesses in the Small Business Murals project are graduates of ProsperUs, a local entrepreneurial training/development program.

1xRUN and their veteran team have championed Detroit’s public art scene for nearly a decade. Their annual arts and culture festival — Murals In The Market — is also entering its fourth year this September, partnering with the Eastern Market Corporation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to present dozens of permanent murals throughout the Eastern Market district. Over the past five years 1xRUN has curated and produced more than 150 murals in Eastern Market alone, with more than 250 murals throughout the City of Detroit.

The public is encouraged to go see the new murals and help support these local businesses at the addresses below:

2018 Murals:

Paul Johnson: Miss Virginia’s Ice Cream – 8801 Oakland

Zak Meers: Pingree Park – 8400 E Forest Avenue

Tylonn J Sawyer: Central Detroit Christian – 1500 Taylor Street

 

Paint by Numbers Murals:

Tony WHLGN: Spa-A-Peel – 10925 Grand Boulevard

Sabrina Nelson: – John R. Row Retail Center, 9405 John R Street

Anthony Lee: Carniceria Guadalajara Grocery – 1630 Lawndale Street

 

2017 Murals:

Sydney G. James: E&S Uniforms – 18986 Schaefer Rd, 48235

Louise “Ouizi” Jones:  Garden Bug – 18901 Grand River Ave, 48223

Michelle Tanguay: Craft Cafe – 14600 Mack Ave., 48215

 

Paint by Numbers Murals:

Sheefy McFly & Phil Fresh Simpson: Cutz Lounge The Grooming Shop – 19655 Grand River Ave, 48223

Jesse Kassel: Social Sushi – 18663 Livernois Ave, 48221

Freddy Diaz: La Posada Taqueria Y Carniceria – 1930 Springwells Ave., 48209

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About 1xRUN

Based in Detroit, Michigan, 1xRUN (“one-time run”) is the world’s leading publisher of fine art editions and online destination for original art. We pride our curation on showcasing limited edition prints, original artwork and exclusives from some of the best-known and emerging names in the new contemporary movement.  With collectors in over 100 countries, 1xRUN has published more than 2,000 editions since 2010. 1xRUN is also the team behind Detroit’s critically acclaimed Murals In The Market in Detroit’s Eastern Market. To date they have created over 150 murals throughout the city of Detroit.

About Quicken Loans

Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest home mortgage lender. The company closed more than $400 billion of mortgage volume across all 50 states from 2013 through 2017. Quicken Loans moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010. Today, Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies employ more than 17,000 full-time team members in Detroit’s urban core. The company generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Phoenix. Quicken Loans also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction for primary mortgage origination by J.D. Power for the past eight consecutive years, 2010 – 2017, and also ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers the past five consecutive years, 2014 – 2018.

Quicken Loans was once again named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2018 and has been included in the magazine’s top 1/3rd of companies named to the list for the past 15 consecutive years. In addition, Essence Magazine named Quicken Loans “#1 Place to Work in the Country for African Americans.”

For more information and company news visit QuickenLoans.com/press-room.

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Watch a video about the Quicken Loans Small Business Murals Project below, or click here to download.

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