Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Awards ORIGINAL CREATIVITY $2,500.00

The $2,500 Community Assistance Award will be used to break ground on a new art park in Detroit

DETROIT – Five months after being officially recognized as a federal 501(c)(3), ORIGINAL CREATIVITY is proud to announce it received its first grant from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation.

The $2,500 Community Assistance Award will be used for supplies needed for the organization’s first community initiative, 6102. ART PARK, a corner public space featuring seating, murals and one-of-a-kind architectural landscaping.

ORIGINAL CREATIVITY is partnering with Wayne State University’s ArtCorpsDetroit to provide art for the community project.  

“We are honored as an organization to be awarded $2,500 by the Foundation to improve the lives of residents in NW Goldberg,” said Daniel A. Washington, founder and president of ORIGINAL CREATIVITY. “The work before us is no small task but one we will complete diligently as we push to continue our fundraising efforts and partnerships to make 6102. ART PARK a reality.”

6102. ART PARK is one of five community initiatives ORIGINAL CREATIVITY has implemented to unite and re-establish the NW Goldberg neighborhood as one of Detroit’s premier residential areas.

ORIGINAL CREATIVITY Treasurer Autumn Kyles said the grant is an impressive vote of confidence in the group's mission to restore the vibrancy of this Detroit neighborhood.  

“It’s so exciting to get our first grant to support our art park,” said Kyles. “It feels great to know that our work is being noticed by an international organization and we look forward to working hard to secure funds necessary to complete the project. We still have $7,400 left to raise and we look forward to partnering with local and national organizations to make our art park a reality.”

For more information, visit or contact ORIGINAL CREATIVITY Communications Chair Michael Lewis II at 248.946.2511.



ORIGINAL CREATIVITY, a 501 (c)(3) located in the heart of the NW Goldberg neighborhood, aims to acquire and improve upon vacant land and property in NW Goldberg to encourage economic development, environmental ownership and residential resurgence through artistic expression.



The mission of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation is to promote lifelong learning. This is accomplished by securing charitable contributions, gifts and endowed funds to awards scholarships, fellowships and grants.

Funds to support the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation come from membership dues, investment income, sale of products, bequests, Combined Campaigns (State and Federal), United Way and contributions from corporations, individuals and chapters of the Sorority. These funds allow EAF to deliver an awards program throughout 10 regions internationally.


Daniel Washington