Artists in Flint, Michigan Revive an Abandoned Funeral Home as a Haven for Designers

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(Spencer's Art House)

(Spencer’s Art House)

Artists in Flint, Michigan are used to morbid analogies, but Spencer’s Art House is literally using a funeral home to “demonstrate Flint’s potential for rebirth.”

The project turned a 120-year-old mortuary in Flint’s historic Carriage Town neighborhood into an alternative space for artists, designers, and engineers. It’s a gut rehab and then some, but the project has attracted the full force of Flint’s artistic community.

(Spencer's Art House)

(Spencer’s Art House)

Vacant 15 years, the space has hosted concerts, puppet shows, community meetings, and other events since various artists and student groups began to fix it up.

Flint’s Public Art Project passed along the news that the team launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising $12,000.

Their project uses only recycled materials, reclaimed from construction dumpsters, occasional donations, and to-be demolished houses around the city. In addition to clearing debris in Spencer’s House, the team has added weatherproof siding, rainwater harvesting systems, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Rainwater harvesting. (Spencer's Art House)

Rainwater harvesting. (Spencer’s Art House)

Recycled materials turn an abandoned property into an outdoor theater. (Spencer's Art House)

Recycled materials turn an abandoned property into an outdoor theater. (Spencer’s Art House)

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