Art Studio for Adults with Disabilities Expands in Downtown Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI – An art studio in downtown Kalamazoo is expanding and the community is invited to come and celebrate.

The MRC artWorks studio, gallery and retail space at 328 S. Kalamazoo Mall is expanding to feature more pieces created by talented artists and artisans, MRC Industries, Inc. said in a press release. .

MRC artWorks provides an outlet for adults with disabilities to create work, express themselves and enrich the community with the diversity of art.

The expanded space will be on display for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 3. The celebration is organized in partnership with Southwest Michigan First.

The space will also include work from the new MRC woodWorks, which offers adults with disabilities the opportunity to develop their skills in the field of practical professional development. Participants work with trained personnel on woodworking projects to increase their job skills for future jobs in the community, according to the release.

“We are incredibly excited to launch our new space and artWorks expansion,” said Amy Thill, artWorks Unit Manager. “This space offers a different atmosphere, a boutique style, with collections of pieces from MRC artWorks and handcrafted items from the MRC woodWorks program. It elevates and showcases the work our artists and artisans can do as the downtown Kalamazoo community continues to welcome and include us.

MRC Industries, Inc. is a Kalamazoo non-profit organization that provides employment, skills building, and case management services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and/or mental illness .

“MRC’s work provides extraordinary benefits to our community by connecting people with disabilities to programs and jobs that promote personal growth, dignity and self-confidence,” said SWMF Chamber Director Clarence Lloyd. . “We are honored to present the expansion of the MRC artWorks space in downtown Kalamazoo with a chamber ribbon cutting and look forward to supporting MRC’s growth for years to come.”

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