The Detroit Robot Factory is HERE!

After eleven years of being solely in the robot supply and repair business, 826michigan is nearly ready to launch its manufacturing arm with the arrival of the Detroit Robot Factory!

For 826 continuous hours, 826michigan will raise the final $25,000 needed to complete the Detroit Robot Factory for student use with your help

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In true 826 style, the Detroit Robot Factory will welcome visitors into a whimsical fantastical retail space. Students will be given special access up the metal staircase to our writing and tutoring lab, where the creative gears really churn. Here we’ll offer free after-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, field trips, and more! We’ll also train and deploy legions of volunteers to work side-by-side with students on special writing projects in classrooms and libraries. We’re nearly ready to serve thousands of Detroit youth, and we need your help!

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of funders and individual supporters like you, 826michigan is poised to offer Detroit students the exact same brand of unconventional magic that has inspired young writers for more than a decade.

The Need

Rare Air authorsOver the past four years we have built partnerships with teachers and volunteers to host writing projects in dozens of locations across the city. This past year 826michigan teams met and wrote with 637 Detroit students in public and charter schools—and we’re just getting started!

With the factory ribbon cut, 826michigan is primed to welcome hundreds of students for field trips, writing workshops, and after-school tutoring—at the conclusion of a few essential final touches. In addition to these big needs (and a few wants on our wish list), we must:

  • finish renovations on the student writing and tutoring lab;
  • equip it with furnishings, supplies, and tools including chairs, loads of paper and pencils and book binding machines for their stories;
  • install projection and sound equipment to host second and fourth grade class field trips, and to help get them here with transportation costs;
  • add the artistic details and special touches that create a magical experience of a whimsical robot factory when you walk in our Winder Street doors; and
  • produce the inspiring art installation facade that will let visitors and students know that the Detroit Robot Factory is a place where imaginations can soar!
  • Click the link to view our 826michigan Wish List Items for the Detroit Robot Factory.

With your gift, we can continue recruiting and training caring adult volunteers, and we can hone our time-tested programs to meet the needs and interests of our Detroit students. Your donation—and the matching contribution it earns to double your impact—will create a safe, welcoming, and free space for Detroit youth to learn, write, and think. We can’t wait to hear what they have to say! 

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Three new OMNIBUS authorsThe robot theme is an essential part of 826michigan’s identity as a place where students arrive equipped with a mind to work and their own brand of whimsy. Students will enter the second floor writing and tutoring lab through the Detroit Robot Factory shop featuring themed gifts and student publications. There they’ll find an amazing workforce of volunteer tutors who will work side by side with them to complete homework, take on writing projects, and craft their own creative stories. Even more volunteers will be dispatched to Detroit neighborhood schools and libraries where they’ll offer even more writing programs. And the best part? It is all provided free of charge!


Detroit Wee-Bot OMNI celebration 2

 Our Partners

Every dollar donated through this special campaign will be matched, doubling the impact of your contribution! This challenge grant opportunity is made possible by a generous gift from the Richard C. and Barbara C. Van Dusen Family Fund.

We are tremendously grateful to our talented design and construction team who make this space possible: Scot Turnbull; Noah Resnick and Kaija Wuollet of Laavu Studio; and PCI One Source.

We are opening our doors in Detroit with the generous support of the Bader Charitable Foundation, Born and Raised Detroit Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, the Dresner Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, the Mary Kay Robertson Family Fund, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Joe Malcoun and Caitlin Klein, the National Endowment for the Arts, Noah Resnick and Melissa Ditmer, Phil and Erin Stead, Frances Stroh, and the Zell Family Foundation.

Our local education and nonprofit partners are an amazingly talented group of people making a real difference in the lives of Detroit’s youth and families. Special thanks to Detroit Public Library’s Campbell Branch Library and Redford Branch Library, and to the scores of classrooms and schools with whom we’ve worked.

Liberty Street Robot
Supply & Repair
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 818-0255