Back in 2014, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at University of Michigan was awarded a $100,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant for the creation of the Brightmoor Maker Space—a new maker space with the goal of fostering a “wider creative confidence” in the lives of the surrounding Brightmoor community. The project was inspired by the work begun by Bart Eddy, co-founder and superintendent of Detroit Community Schools. The founding mission of Detroit Community Schools is to educate the whole child–head, heart and hands.
“I have been working with Bart and the school since 2009, and we wanted to extend the work we do in the school to the community,” said Stamps Associate Professor and Senior Counselor on Civic Engagement to the Provost, Nick Tobier. “Both for the youth we work with to have a continued anchor in creative hands-on work after they graduate, and to share the joys of working together with more people.”