Lansing resident, Alice Brinkman saw a need for a place where children could express themselves visually outside of school. As a textile artist, she already had a love for art and wanted to share a studio with the community. Since Reach Art Studio was opened in the REO Town District in 2004, 900 students a year have visited.
Reach recently received the Capital Region Community Foundation Impact Grant which will allow for a facility expansion. The new space will be seven times the size of the current building.
Brinkman says it is not only about the art work because the art classes also gives the children an opportunity to bond with a mentor. Imani Davis, 14, has a part of Reach for 6 years.
“Alice is like a best friend to me. There is not a lot of things around here exactly for kids to do,” said Davis.
The new Reach facility is set to open at the beginning on 2013.