A campaign offered through Patronicity, the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform, is helping to turn downtown Jackson’s Masonic Temple into an accessible and appealing arts center.

The announcement made by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and Jackson School of the Arts states that if the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by Oct. 17, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

The campaign will complete the transformation of the Masonic Temple into a fully accessible arts center; a big boost for the Jackson School of the Arts, which provides art education programming for hundreds of children and youth as well as expanded programming for teens, adults, seniors and those with special needs.

The gathering space will be an open-floor concept that includes a stage, a local coffee bistro, public restrooms and improved handicap accessibility. The relocation of the Jackson School of the Arts to the newly renovated space would expand local community engagement and development throughout downtown Jackson.

“Dynamic public gathering spaces can activate a downtown and be a catalyst for further economic development,” said Katharine Czarnecki MEDC senior vice president of community development. “This space will do just that, and we are pleased to provide resources for this effort through our Public Spaces Community Places program.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity. Local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and backed with a matching grant from MEDC.

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