Phase 2: REACH Main Hub
After months of planning and reconstruction, REACH Studio Art Center is ready to tackle the second phase of its blocklong renovation project. The effort began in 2013 with the studio’s purchase of five rundown commercial buildings in REO Town. Over two years, volunteers and gallery staff have dedicated themselves to renovating these buildings to create community art spaces for children and adults. With this latest round of renovations, the center will double its size and introduce a teen studio space, a new main classroom area and offices. The gallery hopes to raise $30,000 by Monday to complete construction of inside walls, painting and installation of exterior doors and windows. The campaign, hosted by Patronicity, recently cleared the $23,000 mark. Donations levels range from $25 to $5000 and come with rewards ranging from handmade postcards to commemorative tiles and plaques. REACH also hosts its annual Not So Silent Night fundraiser and silent auction this weekend, see page 30 for details.
Dunnebacke Park and West Side Park, on Lansing’s west side, offer an array of public amenities for all sorts of outdoor enjoyment. But there is no public sidewalk that leads into the park grounds. The Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association, with the help of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan State Housing Development Authority, has recently launched the Point West Art and Trail Project campaign, which seeks to build up the areas around the park with outdoor art installations and a 1-mile path connecting the parks, lined with benches, gardens, in formational signs and physical fitness stations. The group is hoping to raise $13,000 through a Patronicity campaign that ends Dec. 30. If the campaign reaches its goal, MEDC and MSHDA will contribute another $13,000. Donation levels range from $10 to $2,500, with incentives including personalized thank you notes, engraved pint glasses, coffee vouchers or sponsor signs along the trail.
Michigan State Slam Poetry Team
With the huge number of students enrolled at MSU, it can be difficult for each student club to get funding from the university. This is a big problem for the MSU Slam Poetry Team, a group of students who meet weekly to write, perform and critique poetry together. The lack of funding prevents the team from inviting regional poets to campus or sending student poets to outof-town competitions and events. The team is hoping to raise at least $1,300, which would go towards compensating guest performers, travel and other operational costs.
— KEVIN McINERNEY