Popps Emporium expands on the existing programming of Popps Packing through additional residency space, a community gallery, a tool lending library and will serve as a community resource for the sharing of goods, skills, and experiences while offering a platform for community engagement, creating new connections and neighborly good will.
The Popps Emporium project began in 2012 when we bought the blighted storefront with attached house across the street and began to slowly rehab the building. We invited artists to create immersive installations within the space during the various stages of transition – a collaboration that allowed the artists to realize their vision and helped us by clearing much of the debris from the building.
Rehabilitating Popps Emporium, which is nestled in a strip of houses along the Carpenter corridor, allowed us to meet new neighbors and simultaneously learn about the history of this community and the various skills that people living here have. These conversations inspired us took look at Popps Emporium, beyond a space for artists and as a place for neighbors to gather, share information and resources so that we can collaboratively begin to build the neighborhood we envision moving forward.
We have begun the process of connecting our three lots with the growth of a tree-lined pathway and information kiosk built by August artist in resident Forrest Hudes. Come spring, the start of our tool rental facility will be open to neighbors and residents. We look forward to the projects to come, the resources we can provide for our neighbors and the completion of Popps Emporium!
This project is made possible in part through the generous support of The Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit of the Kresge Foundation, The Peck Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and all Patronicity donors. We thank you!