"Such a metropolitan city as Detroit has to be on the cultural map of the world like it was 100 years ago," Osten said. "And that's basically what triggered me and my friends and colleagues to put our minds together to create this institution."
"It's a bad area," Osten acknowledged. "We pretty much cannot take the graffiti off (the exterior of the building), because it was painted by local gangs. I've heard very bad stories. Every now and then, we hear a shooting. I had guys approaching me who would advise me not to be here in this area without a gun."