Reason #9: Creating new memories

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Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma

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Reason #9: An all-ages art venue will create new memories at Huss School, a historic part of our beloved community.
As a 90-year-old building that hosted multiple generations of students, Huss School houses a lot of memories. Some of those memories come with a warm fondness, while others come with pain. For many, a shadow of economic and racial injustice surrounds the closing of the building as an elementary school. As a center for creativity, compassion and reconciliation, we hope that future generations will remember the building with fondness as a place that changed their lives for the better. We would love to see people bringing their families back twenty years from now to see the place where someone first invited them to play their music in public. We would love to hear stories from adults whose awkward teenaged selves discovered a place where they were accepted with all of their eccentricities and also challenged to give and serve. And who knows? Maybe the magnetism of memory will be so powerful for some, they’ll decide to stay in our community or move back after having some adventures elsewhere. If home is where the heart is, in some ways, this project is all about home-making, isn’t it?