The Co-op Project, supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, will bring together eight diverse individuals to collaborate on a group-determined artistic experience. The methods and product of their efforts will be entirely the result of their own making. In essence, the Co-op Project is an opportunity to make something new and different in a popular and accessible storefront gallery space, in collaboration with talented creative people. 

The Co-op Project, supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, will bring together eight diverse individuals to collaborate on a group-determined artistic experience. The methods and product of their efforts will be entirely the result of their own making. In essence, the Co-op Project is an opportunity to make something new and different in a popular and accessible storefront gallery space, in collaboration with talented creative people. 

Co-op Project : Thoughts of Home

Gallery Openings 

Our Stories: July 11th - 6PM- 9PM - Performance 6:30PM, 7:15PM, & 8:00PM
Each Other's Stories: August 1st - 6PM - 9PM - Performance 6:30PM, 7:15PM, & 8:00PM
 Our Neighbor's Stories: September 5th - 6PM - 9PM  - Performance 7:00PM, & 8:00PM

Statement of Purpose and Hypothesis

An extended cooperative project at Craft House, unlike a one-time event or exhibition, offers it's participants the opportunity to more deeply explore the gallery's location, specifically the Avenue for the Arts corridor on S. Division Avenue. This corridor is home to hundreds of diverse individuals, representing a wide range of experience and circumstance. Home on S. Division Avenue – it's physical form, it's emotional memory, and it's future expectation – is no doubt very different for each of these individuals.

Over the course of the project, the Co-op will examine ideas of home – finding it, losing it, what it means to feel at home, what it consists of, memories of earlier homes and dreams for the future. Each member will begin with self-reflection on home. Secondly, members will exchange their experience of home with one another. Finally, each member will engage at least two neighbors living or working on or near S. Division Avenue to learn about their experiences of home. Members are encouraged to document and/or respond to each step of the project through the media of their choosing. Select works will be exhibited or performed once per month at Craft House.

The Co-op anticipates the project will strengthen our capabilities to listen, learn and respond. Additionally, it will introduce more community members to the possibilities of art making and viewing as means for understanding complex ideas of identity and place.

Follow their progress on the blog.

Meet the team...

Their work...

This Project is made possible with a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

This Project is made possible with a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.