How We're Bringing a Beacon of Creativity to Flint, Michigan

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How We're Bringing a Beacon of Creativity to Flint, Michigan How We're Bringing a Beacon of Creativity to Flint, Michigan
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How We're Bringing a Beacon of Creativity to Flint, Michigan

by Andrew Perkins

October 19, 2013

The project is being built entirely with reclaimed materials from around the city—from to-be demolished vacant houses, construction dumpsters, and occasional donations. It makes for unique and inspirational spaces while keeping materials out of the landfill. And it lets us do the work for a fraction of the price, not having to buy new materials.

We’ve hosted music performances, puppet shows, photo shoots, cook-outs, and community meetings. We’ve collaborated with sculptors, design students, muralists, performance artists, chefs, poets, and musicians. Although there’s still a way to go before we officially open the space, we’ve already drawn hundreds of people to Spencer’s—a building which otherwise hadn’t seen life in 15 years.

The process involves as many people as possible each day, though it’s a slow one. Each step forward takes a lot of planning, prep time, and labor. We’ve launched a fundraising campaign to help pay our core team of workers who are making this all possible through tons of donated time and sweat. We only have until this Friday at midnight to meet our goal, so please consider contributing even just a few dollars for this neighborhood-changing project.

Images courtesy of Spencer's Playhouse

This project is part of GOOD's series Push for Good—our guide to crowdsourcing creative progress.
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