REACH Studio Art Center will be the first organization in nine counties to benefit from a new and unique partnership between the crowdfunding platform Patronicity and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Patronicity is a Michigan-based site that helps local non-profits raise the funds they need. If REACH achieves their goal, the MEDC will match the funds giving the Center a total of $96,000 to put toward a new expansion.
Having outgrown their 1,000 square foot building, the art studio is expanding to 9 times it’s original size. Kim Brock says the “expansion is necessary to serve the youth in the area and give them the proper space to learn through art.”
The studio bought 5 store fronts along Washington Ave in REO Town and will use the funding to give them a completely new facade. Brock says there will be a courtyard, a sculpture garden a gallery and more. The students will benefit from the expansion but Brock says, “It’s not just exciting for REACH, but also the community and this neighborhood. There are a lot of kids here that need positive things to do.” The expansion will also clean up the area, adding beautiful things to unused buildings.
The expansion is already a community project involving the local Studio Intrigue Architects and Van Ermen Commercial Development.
Source: Kim Brock, REACH Art Studio
Writer: Allison Monroe, Innovation News Editor
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