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…

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…

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

Do you enjoy putting your heart, head and hands into creative endeavors? If so, the Huss Project is a great place to get involved! From cooking, to visual art-making, to bike tune-ups, to composting, we’re seeking new and renewed ways of living creatively here in Three Rivers. As we explore our imaginative capacities together, we’re…

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…

Living in intentional community

Today we’re giving a big shout-out to our current and previous *culture is not optional community members who have lived in the intentional community at the center of all of our work. We are so grateful for your support over the years and the impact your efforts have brought to the Huss Project! *cino’s intentional…

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…

Imaginarium bookshelves

Beauty in the details: Imaginarium shelves

An integral part of the work we do at Huss is prioritizing beauty and acknowledging community relationships in everything we do, including our recent construction projects! Because we realize that our buildings and rooms intrinsically reflect what we value and have the capacity to shape opportunity, we were very intentional about the way we designed…

Huss Alumni: We want to hear your stories!

Were you a student, staff, or family member who went to Huss School or Huss Academy? If so, we’d love to hear your story and the influence Huss has had in your life. As some of you know, our community of supporters has given new life to the old kindergarten room inside Huss this summer,…