Dear friends,

Like most Americans, the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities closed out 2019 looking forward to a prosperous and productive 2020. Little did we know the challenges that lay ahead for all of us, but because of YOU we have had an exciting year.

YOUR contributions during the past several years have helped to provide a home for returning veterans in transition at the Dormitory; and to many arts related businesses in the Village Arts Warehouse which opened in March with full occupancy. Yes, after years of planning, fund raising, many cleanup days, and tremendous community support and philanthropy, the dream has become a reality. The challenges of 2020 could not stop the momentum or excitement!

The building has come alive with art classes, creative movement and dance classes, candle, soap, and jewelry making. The pottery wheel is spinning, body art is appearing, the photography studios are snapping pictures, several different special events have welcomed the community and during the months of November and December, the art gallery is featuring the fine art embroidery work of our very own tenant, Michigan artist Kelly Darke; all while being COVID compliant. 

Yes, much has been accomplished; yet, there is so much more to do to keep the dream alive. The Village Arts Warehouse has become a place to bring the community safely together and a haven for so many to find some solace and comfort through the healing power of the arts. The pandemic has challenged us in many ways including financially. We know it has been a year of uncertainty for many and that the financial struggles are real. YOU have believed in the vision and have supported us in the past and we hope that we can count on you again this year as we work together with our tenants and other partners to create diverse inclusive programs that are reflective of our community.

We have tried to make it simple for you to continue your contribution to the Partnership by creating an online portal. It’s as easy as a click This one click will make a difference in the life a returning veteran, support an inspirational artist and provide a safe place for people in the community to come together. The different donor recognition levels are outlined on the web page.

If you’d like a tour of the property, please contact our new Executive Director, Wendy
Harless, at (734) 765-7061 or email her at Wendy started with the Partnership in the Fall as Jill Engel transitioned to our Development Specialist.

We do hope you are safe and healthy. We are thankful for your past support and hope we can count on you as we bring people together through the arts.

Humbly and with very sincere thanks, 

Herb Scott 

Partnership for the Arts and Humanities

December 2020

“It’s starting to get cold. I’m extremely grateful that I’m not on the streets right now. I lost my house in September and I didn’t think I was going to have anywhere to go, but the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund came through, by helping me to move into the Veterans Dormitory at the Village Arts Factory. They came through for me in a big way. Being here I’m able to make doctor appointments in a time when they are most cruicial to my health, because we are so close to the VA hospital. Also, I’m getting to work on other parts of my life while living here.” 

– Our first veteran living at the historic Veterans Dormitory on our campus


“I had been anxiously awaiting the opening of the artists studios for a long time and I’m so glad I was able to get one of the spaces! The building is amazing and the other tenants are such a joy to be around. The Arts Warehouse is truly a creative community. I have had such a great time working in my studio and participating in the events we have been able to have this year. Also, I am so honored to be the first ‘featured artist’ to hang my work in the main hallway. I am so grateful to everyone who helped get the work on the walls, promote the opening, and attend the opening (even during COVID times). I feel so incredibly welcomed and celebrated - this is a great community and I’m so glad to be a part of it.” 

– Kelly Darke, Mindful Art Center, in Studio 13 at the Village Arts Factory

Watercolor painting of our Warehouse (right) and historic Ford Factory (left)
2020 timeline of events and accomplishments.
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