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Author: Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Last month, artist Jay Howard created a participatory art piece called "Contemplate with me" in one of the rooms at the Huss Project.  Using space heaters and hot coffee to stay warm (the building doesn't have heat), Jay invited folks into his temporary studio to consider together the meaning and function behind public spaces, private...

A service-learning group from Calvin College meets with local pastors to discuss the role the church community plays in Three Rivers, Michigan. Father David, from Trinity Episcopal, talked about the traditional notion of a parish as a geographical area a church serves -- which was of particular interest for the group as it studied the...

Geneva College students help remove carpet from one of the Huss classrooms during a service-learning spring break trip in March 2012.  All of the classrooms at Huss feature maple floors that we hope to refinish.  Unfortunately, the carpet was installed primarily by gluing it directly to the hardwood floors, so it will take quite a...

Liesje Brouwer and Deborah Haak (far left and far right, respectively), *cino volunteer staff and resident community members, present "Joy," a collaborative art piece, at Florence Church of the Brethren Mennonite on Sunday, January 21.  Florence's theme for this year is "Embrace joy" and they will display this piece in their worship space for part...

Jay Howard, right, at last Friday's opening for his new experiential and participatory art piece, "Contemplate with me."  Drop by the Huss Project this week or next week, Wednesday through Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm to take in the show yourself and to talk with the artist.  If you attend, remember to dress warmly as...

Margaret sells vegetables to a visitor during last year's Huss Future Festival.  We received donated produce from several local farms and from the Triple Ripple Community Gardens at Huss to sell at a one-day Farmer's Market during the event.  And everything was delicious!...

On December 3, we launched our Brick Campaign to raise $100,000 for the Huss Project by June 15, 2013. Less than a month into the campaign, we're excited to announce that we've already sold 174 bricks to raise $17,400! Folks from all over the country (and the world) have stepped up to support the vision for...

Triple Ripple Community Gardens coordinator Julianna Sauber waters the plants in the garden during the summer of 2010, our first growing season at the garden.  The garden has grown over 1,000 pounds of produce each summer for the last three years, all of which is donated to the county homeless shelter, the local domestic assault...

In January 2010, a film class from Calvin College visited the Huss Project in Three Rivers to shoot a short film on location. They braved the cold -- outside and inside (the building is still unheated) -- for a week of scouting, writing, filming and acting; we heated one room in the school with electric space...

We've organized two open house gatherings to share coffee and conversation about the Huss Project and the newly launched brick campaign.  The first is tonight, December 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers.  The second is a week from today, December 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at New Jerusalem...