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Milford, Mich.--The Village Fine Arts Association (VFAA) is excited to announce that they are moving forward with bringing the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (SHAC) to Milford.
Recently, the VFAA signed a lease with 125 South Main Street, LLC, for the space at Suite 700 formerly occupied by Green Go Tek, electric car manufacturer. The 3740 square feet industrial space provides room to offer an assortment of art-related opportunities for everyone in the community. The SHAC plans to open its doors in mid-March with a Community Open House where the public can tour the building and experience first-hand the opportunities for artistic expression, exploration, and education offered by the facility.
The VFAA SHAC will welcome everyone from budding artists to award-winning, accomplished masters of all ages. A “makerspace” or “art gym”, the SHAC will offer studio space rentals, and an open studio space for art instruction and community art-related gatherings. With an inspired focus on youth, young adults and people with special needs, the VFAA SHAC will provide artistic services to community members that have been previously underserved, or whose funding for the arts has been reduced or eliminated. Memberships, drop-in daily rates and class fees will be required for use, and most art supplies will be provided on site.
Among the exciting aspects of The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center are the many intended collaborations with other area organizations. The SHAC will work with MORC (Macomb Oakland Regional Center) and the Smart Program to provide art experiences for the special needs community. In addition, Milford Music plans to utilize one of the studio spaces as a remote site for music instruction. “Milford Music is happy to collaborate with the VFAA on this endeavor and we look forward to having a presence back in the Village of Milford,” says Tim Twiss, owner of Milford Music.
The VFAA will soon be accepting item donations. Furnishings such as tables and chairs are needed as well as washtubs, display lighting, storage containers and art supplies. Monetary and skilled trades labor donations are also appreciated. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible. Volunteers are always welcome and paid teachers are also needed for upcoming classes.
For a complete list of needed donations, please visit www.milfordvfaa.org, email Andrea Perry at email@example.com or call 248-797-3060.
About the VFAA
The VFAA’s mission is to provide individual artists with opportunities for fellowship, inspiration and education by organizing, promoting and presenting monthly meetings with guest artists, workshops and juried exhibitions. We coordinate and participate with other community groups in art-related events to increase our visibility and further showcase our community's creativity derived from the freedom of artistic expression. Learn more at www.milfordvfaa.org.
Mission statement for the SHAC
Along with the reiteration of our core mission, The VFAA’s SHAC will serve as a community arts center where artists of all ages and skill levels can practice, share, teach, showcase and inspire others through their craft. Although specifically designed to cater to the needs of area youths and people with special needs, the SHAC will also offer studio and practice space for both beginning and established artists of all ages.
Collaboration with the Milford YMCA - SHAC's collaboration with the YMCA continues to build with more classes / art education and enrichment opportunities for various groups in the community.
Any questions, please call Andrea Perry 248-797-3060
SHAC Ideas Committee meetings take place last Thursday of the month at the Y. Bring your ideas to the YMCA meeting room at 6:30 - 7:30 pm., not a big hit on your evening plans!
Thanks from Andrea!
If you’d like to donate towards the realization of the S.H.A.C., please do so here:
The VFAA is a 501 c 3 non profit organization since 1992 and your donation is tax deductible.
If you’d like to help, or want more information, please contact:
Andrea Perry, the S.H.A.C.’s Director of Development at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-797-3060
Susan Gollon, VFAA Executive Director at:
email@example.com or call 248-421-3337
Want to Know Even More?The VFAA has been around since 1992 as a 100% volunteer organization. The community has been our venue, with meetings and events held at various locations around town: free lectures at the Milford Presbyterian Church, art shows at Milford Public Library and the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, gallery space at local businesses such as The Blue Grill and Caribou Coffee, and facilitating community projects at Huron Valley Hospital, the Healing Arts program at Henry Ford Hospital and The Learning Center.
In April 2012, the opportunity arose for dreaming bigger. We were offered funding in the name of Suzanne Haskew, one of our founding members. We were asked, “What is your vision for the future?”
The VFAA board of directors labored long and hard about what to do in her memory. Our conversations kept coming back again and again to having our own space, which has been the VFAA’s dream since the beginning. We would call that space the VFAA Suzanne Haskew Art Center, a.k.a. The S.H.A.C., and we hope it becomes a special jewel not only in the Village of Milford, but to surrounding communities as well.
An essential part of our vision was to provide a service that no other art organization in the area is already offering. Currently, there are galleries, artist co-ops and the Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) supplying the usual art opportunities. Upon asking local artists, parents of creative children, and especially young adult artists (high school through college graduates) what they would like to see in the Milford area with regards to the arts, we kept hearing the same word over and over again: a PLACE to create art. A PLACE to congregate with fellow artists, to share each other’s creative work, ideas and inspiration. A PLACE where kids can get the art education that the schools struggle to provide. A PLACE for my studio other than my basement, attic, closet, dining room table, etc.
And it will continue being a home for our already well-established programs (lectures, art shows, workshops,).
Research has revealed several models already in operation around the country that meet the above mentioned criteria, and the Village of Milford currently has no community space for creative, visual art endeavors. We believe that adding this element to the VFAA while collaborating with businesses and programs already offered in the area will provide the Milford Village with an important community asset. We believe the S.H.A.C will help nearby businesses with increased traffic while working as an “anchor” to help support the area in which we are located, all the while continuing to serve our current mission and do so in a unique, community-based way.
For over two decades, the VFAA has been a magnet to the Village of Milford. Even though the group was founded and is headquartered in Milford, most of our membership and event participants come from various neighboring communities. Milford benefits greatly when they do because they dine at the local restaurants and shop at the stores. Many were first introduced to our beautiful Milford public library by participating in our annual spring Poetry Art Night event. In conjunction with other activities, we set up our artwork to entice residents and visitors to the downtown area and enhance community events. We’ve already been doing this for years. It’s time we did that better, too. A place of our own is the next step.
We feel the time is ripe to launch this endeavor. “Supply” of places to create art, outside of public school art classes, is low and being minimized or eliminated, which in turn increases demand. We have a place in mind that we believe will be perfect but still needs to be acquired. We are also open to other place opportunities for creative SPACE that will allow the programs we currently have and that we envision for the future to thrive.
We hope you agree.
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|From: Andrea Perry, Director of Development |
The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center Village Fine Arts Association
238 North Main Street (soon to be 125 South Main Street, Suite 700)
Milford, MI 48381