Reason #8: Cultivating cottage industries

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Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma

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Reason #8: Local works of art and personal expression can become the basis for various cottage industries that will bring new sources of revenue into the community.
The current economic situation in the U.S. is highlighting a sea change with very local effects: we cannot depend on lifelong positions with large corporations to sustain us and our families anymore. Indeed, many younger people are seeing the detrimental effects of a lifetime of less-than-fulfilling work on their parents and grandparents. They’re also watching their communities suffer as factories close and move to countries with lower wages and industrial standards. Much more than generations who came of age during the twentieth century, twenty-first century citizens are feeling compelled to carve out niches on a local level and seek greater satisfaction in their work–more than just putting bread on the table. We hope the resources at Huss School, beginning with an arts venue and extending to such projects as a community kitchen and a woodshop, can open up people’s imaginations about their own potential for earning income. Offering access to new skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, the space at Huss School has the potential to be an incubator for small-scale businesses in the arts and beyond!