Art center expands facilities, offerings

REACH Studio Art Center has redeveloped five storefronts along the 1800 block of South Washington Avenue in Lansing to use as the nonprofit’s new space. REACH Studio Art Center …

REACH Studio Art Center has redeveloped five storefronts along the 1800 block of South Washington Avenue in Lansing to use as the nonprofit’s new space.

REACH Studio Art Center was founded in November 2003 by Executive Director Alice Brinkman, a local textile artist who began the center in a single-room in REO Town. Since then, she’s added staff, board members, volunteers and art teachers to the center, all working together to develop the nonprofit into what it is today. REACH has become a facility that serves over 2,000 youth and adults, regardless of income levels.

REACH is now operating out of the South Washington Avenue. The original studio is part of the property, which was purchased in 2013 through a grant awarded by the Capital Region Community Foundation Impact.

REACH staff members feel the expanded space allows the organization much more to offer people who would like to let their creativity soar. The addition of the new storefronts allows REACH to provide a performing arts studio, fiber arts studio and media lab.

“We are grateful for grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Facility Improvement Program and the Mariel Foundation as well as individual donors for making these new spaces possible,” said Brinkman.

The new services come as an addition to the two large classrooms, Clay Studio and Gallery, that REACH has already been providing for the Lansing area.

 “Without REACH,” said board member Lou Shiavone ,“the youth in our community would have fewer options to learn, to grow and succeed. REACH is one of the things that makes the Greater Lansing area a great place to be.”

Visit reachstudioart.org for more information about the REACH Studio Art Center.

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