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is a vibrant non-profit community art center offering creative out-of-school engagement in the arts for all ages and abilities with classes and workshops taught by local teaching artists.  Free and sliding scale fee programs in a variety of arts media and disciplines happen at REACH, a campus of six studios located in the REO Town district of Lansing or around town through the REACH Art Truck program.

Our Mission

REACH Studio Art Center fosters equitable access to the arts through educational opportunities and creative engagement

Our Vision

Is to be an imaginative, vibrant space where all are welcome to make art and connect with neighbors, inspiring hope and pride across our community  


REACH Studio Art Center was founded in November, 2003 by local textile artist, Alice Brinkman. Strategically locating the art center at the edge of two urban neighborhoods and along the S. Washington Avenue corridor, places REACH in the heart of Lansing and in walking proximity to thousands of residents. The charming, but run-down brick store front building was renovated into a neighborhood art space. Staff, board members, volunteers, and contracted art teachers have worked hard to develop this community resource for youth art-making and education. REACH became a non-profit corporation in February, 2004 and since then has serviced thousands of community members with financially accessible art programs for children and adults. REACH is committed to providing creative, visual art-making experiences especially to those who may find art making activities difficult to access, due to location or cost.

REACH youth programming is offered on a sliding scale to families who find it financially difficult to access out-of-school art education. Three tiers are available based on household income. Grants, donations, and revenue from fee-based programs provide the necessary revenue to continue serving the community with affordable and innovative art education. REACH has received numerous local and statewide grants and awards since its inception in 2003, including local, state and federal funding. REACH is a member of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and an affiliate of the Capital Area United Way and benefits from many partnerships throughout the region.

REACH collaborates with a wide variety of area organizations who together imagine and plan creative ways to strengthen the community through art and creativity. Just a few of REACH’s key programming partners include: The Lansing School District, All of the Above Hip Hop Academy, Michigan State University (various schools and departments), Lansing Community College, The City of Lansing, and Impression 5 Science Center.

Expanding Our REACH

Starting in fall 2013, REACH began a transition to a larger home space, preparing for the redevelopment of 5 storefront buildings (including the building REACH leased and occupied since its beginning) along 1800 S Washington Ave. The staff, students and board are excited to join the momentum in REO Town as REACH contributes to community improvement and creates a visually inviting South entry point to the district. On August 28, 2013, REACH purchased the property from Bill & Nancy Houghtaling – long time Lansing area residents and community activists – which was made possible by a Capital Region Community Foundation Impact Grant Award for $75,000 in 2011. In 2014 the new youth art gallery and adjacent outdoor courtyard was completed, in 2016, classes began taking place in the newly renovated main hub, and as of 2018 REACH started offering digital, textile and performing arts classes out of three new classrooms.  In 2020, just as the corona virus pandemic was taking hold and shutting down our businesses, the contractors finished up work on our final phase: the clay studio and gallery annex (our original building). We are ever-so-grateful for the tremendous community support that has made it possible for us to develop this corner of REO Town into a fun,  inviting, multi-studio, 10,000 square foot space for the whole community.  See our Expanding Our REACH pages for more information!

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Executive Director:
Alice Brinkman
Education Coordinator:
Margo Barber
Program Coordinator:
Sofia Gentil
Administrative Assistant:
Ian Hawthorne
Clay Studio Technician: Jesse Kasper
Maintenance Custodian: Chris Russell

Teaching Staff
(Past and Present)
Alice Brinkman
AOTA Hip Hop Academy:
Ozay Moore,
Rayshawn Grizzom, Shondell Brandon, Jurell Barnes
Ben Garrett
Betsy Smith
Calliope Porter
Calob Kisor
Carrie Byington-Oei
Chris Russell
Christine Hans
Elijah Forbes
Elizabeth Chiaravalli
Emma Baker
Erika Noud
Gabby Marderosian
Haley Goodman
Hilary Edwards
Jesse Kasper
Jessica Kovan
Jill Dombrowski
Joy Baldwin
Kaitlyn Granger
Lena Ellis-Boatman
Levi LaBruzzy
Liz Wylegala
Lynn Hershberger
John Flynn
Madison Wick
Marissa Tawney Thaler
Mary Molnar
Meghan Andrews
Miranda Hartmann
Paloma Roseles
Rebecca Shane
Regina Pericini
Rhonda Sherwin
Sara Gothard
Tabor Vits
Tedda Hughes
Zoë LeBlanc de Smith

Executive Board:
Jim Zacks
Professor of Psychology, MSU, retired
Vice President:
Dan O’Leary President/Owner, Silver Lead Co.
Robert Sheehan
Executive Director, Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards
Oscar Castañeda
Community Organizer at Action of Greater Lansing
Board Directors:
Mila Nicholson
Artist, REACH Alumnus

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