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Avenue for the Arts looks for permanent place to call home

Local grass roots organization Avenue for the Arts has created a campaign to raise funds for a permanent space along the Division Avenue corridor.

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Avenue for the Arts has launched a crowd funding campaign in order to secure a residence on Division Avenue. Located at 307 South Division, the space would serve as the headquarters for the DIT arts organization that has been operating on the Division Avenue corridor for the past decade. 

The funding goal is set at $10,000 through the online crowd source platform Patronicity. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has pledged to match that goal if it is met by November 17. This is an all-or-nothing campaign. If the goal is not reached, no funding will be awarded. 

Monies generated will be used for rent, furniture, electronics, wi-fi and utilities among some of the basic amenities. The headquarters will be designed to function as a meeting and gathering space, artist gallery and information destination. 

Avenue for the Arts is supported by the neighborhood revitalization organization Dwelling Place and boasts 13 community events, 16 education events and 15 Learning Lab internships annually. Over 600 artists have been featured with volunteers as many as 300. 

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