Starting September 4, you are welcome to visit The Healing Memorial installation located at TCF Center. Please enter the TCF Center at the corner of Washington and Congress and take the first elevators or escalators you see up one floor to level 3. The TCF Center is open to the public Monday - Saturday from 12- 5 PM. Masks are required to enter the TCF Center and street parking on Congress, Washington, or Fort is recommened. 

We have completed collecting memorial pouches for the first iteration of the project. If you are interested in participating in this project in the future, please click here to join our email list the next deadline to provide Memorial Pouches is October 15.

During the last year our community has faced immense trauma, from the physical loss of life, to loss of employment, loss of home and continued uncertainty. Through this pandemic, the City and the region have come together to support our residents by understanding that not only do they need economic or health support but emotional support as well. Our collective grief is something that must be recognized.

This led the City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Cranbrook Art Museum to create a permanent, living memorial to this time to promote healing and show support for our community.

We call it The Healing Memorial. 

The project was conceived by world-renowned and Cranbrook-educated artist Sonya Clark as an interpretation of her Beaded Prayer exhibit, which has traveled the world for more than a decade.

For this project, residents will be encouraged to create small memorial pouches (fits in the palm of the hand) using fabric from their loved ones or donated material. These fabric pouches will be gathered by the thousands to create a tapestry of memories to be displayed at Detroit’s TCF Center downtown. 

Throughout the summer of 2021, making stations were set up at various community events, churches, day camps, shops and along the Dequindre Cut to give all residents across metro Detroit an opportunity to contribute to this collective memorial. The completed work was be unveiled on the City of Detroit’s official Covid Memorial Day - August 31st. Funding for this project is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Fund, TCF Bank, the City of Detroit, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and Cranbrook Art Museum. 

Interested in helping?
We know that thousands of residents were impacted by the pandemic. With your help, we can make sure that the largest number of people have the chance to participate.

How you can help: 

  • Attend a making station workshop - Upcoming making stations -  
    August 31 | Spirit Plaza - 2 Woodward, Detroit MI | 1-3PM
    September 4 & 5 | Cranbrook Art Museum| 12-5PM
    September 11 & 12 | Cranbrook Art Museum | 12-5PM
    September 18 | West Riverfront Block Party - West Riverfront Park | 11-6PM
    September 18 & 19 | Cranbrook Art Museum | 12-5PM
    October 9 & 10 | Detroit Harvest Fest - Dequindre Cut | 11-6PM
  • Learn how to make a pouch! Click here for instructions to make your own at home.  Or watch an instructional video with artist Sonya Clark
  • Donate to the project - Click here to provide a contribution towards the cost of materials for memorial packets  
  • Finished making a pouch? Drop off or mail completed pouches -
    Mail your pouch to by September 30th
    The Healing Memorial
    C/O Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
    600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1720
    Detroit, MI 48243
  • Drop off your pouch to Valade Park by September 26. 
    Drop your pouch off to the drop it off at the DRFC Ambassador Carts located Valade Park (2670 E. Atwater, Detroit, MI 48207) on Sunday starting September 12th between 11-2PM. The DRC Ambassador Cart is a blue cart located inside of the Shed at Valade Park. 
  • Collect them for your community and arrange drop off with project organizers.
    Community members can collect them for their own communities and reach out to thehealingmemorial@gmail.com to coordinate drop off to project organizers by October 15.

Click here to learn how to make a Memorial Pouch from artist Sonya Clark

Click to join the mailing list

Click to donate