Films for our Future

Spring film fest to focus on environment

This just in: The Huss Project is partnering with River Country Solidarity and Transformations Spirituality Center to bring you seven films in six weeks leading up to Earth Day! Spread across two locations, the series begins on March 18 in Kalamazoo and ends on April 23 in Three Rivers. REGISTER NOW! Films for our Future…

Alek & Deborah

Friends of Huss: Alek and Deborah

During this giving season, we’ve asked donors why they have chosen to become a Friend of Huss! Alek and Deborah Haak-Frost, long-term community members of *culture is not optional, provided a few of their thoughts: Alek: “I believe in the cause. I believe community building can solve a variety of issues. While nationally, divisiveness and…

1920s Huss School

Huss alumni story: Mary Recher

Mary Recher attended Huss starting in Kindergarten in 1935 and stayed there until 7th grade when she went to junior high. Below are memories she shared with Elizabeth, a former intern at the Huss Project. Thank you Mary for letting us share your wonderful memories of Huss! If you or someone you know would like…

If you believe in the beauty of working with nature, become a Friend of Huss

In the giant network of living beings that we are a part of, Huss is a small puzzle piece in rejuvenating the life-giving connections to nature that are all around us—especially in connection to the urban farm but beyond that as well. Permaculture is a design discipline that seeks to work with the patterns of…

Aluminum walls

Beauty in the details: Upcycled Aluminum

In the spirit of adding more aesthetic flare to our renovation project and continuing with the upcycling project that was started in building the pavilion, we decided to bring some corrugated texture inside the Imaginarium. To build an accessible bathroom in the Imaginarium, we combined two small rooms (a tiny bathroom and a pantry) into…

Friendsgiving Tuesday

Celebrate #GivingTuesday by becoming a Friend of Huss!

Twas the day after Cyber Monday and all through the Huss, MANY creatures were stirring, imagining flourishing for all of us! We’ve just about made it through a busy holiday weekend crammed with glorifications of overspending after a day of giving thanks: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday. And then we come to…

Imaginarium brick

Beauty in the details: Exposing brick walls

When planning and implementing the Imaginarium renovation project, we looked for a number of ways to enliven the space and highlight the character of this historic building. One of the ways we’ve done that is by taking off the thick layers of old plaster on the southern walls of the Imaginarium to expose the hundred…

Future Festival Art Tent

Words from Friends: Molly and Rob

As we continue to build our community of supporters through our Friends of Huss campaign, we’ll be asking our Friends to share what excites them about the Huss Project. The first in our series is from Molly and Rob: We find so many aspects of the Huss Project very exciting. Huss provides a place for…

Huss Elementary closes

Huss history: Reflection on Huss Elementary Closing

This week for our Friends of Huss campaign, we’re taking ourselves back to 1982, when the Huss Elementary School school closed. Jo Barton, a music teacher at the time, shared her perspective of the closing in an interview with *culture is not optional intern Christina Binder in 2009: When they closed the building, we were…

Beauty in the details: the whimsical spiral staircase

Today’s Huss highlight features the beautiful spiral staircase that drapes down from the second floor to the first floor in the Imaginarium. This design feature adds an element of whimsy to the space while also accomplishing the very pragmatic feat of connecting the two levels. The idea was inspired, in part, by the library in Beauty…

June Storytelling

If you believe in the power of storytelling, become a Friend of Huss!

At The Huss Project, we believe that the things we do grow out the stories we tell about ourselves and how we understand them. Creating space to tell and listen to our stories is a critical element for life-changing, life-giving community work. Inspired by The Moth Radio Hour, the Huss Project has facilitated storytelling nights for many…