Knight Arts Challenge: Detroit Robot Factory

November 9, 2015 | 826 Blog Post

We are bursting with pride to be a 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit grant winner!

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is helping kick off this nonprofit writing and tutoring center initiative in a big way with their $150,000 investment which will match gifts from the community and from people like you. To celebrate, we have a special copy of Where Is It Coming From? signed by author, illustrator, and 826 National founder Dave Eggers for the first 20 donations of $500 or more.

826-rendering-croppedDonate online today via credit card or PayPal. The 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! Knight FoundationThe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org. Three new OMNIBUS authors Since 2005, we have hosted our writing and tutoring programs from the Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair in downtown Ann Arbor. The Detroit Robot Factory is the natural extension of our ten years of service to thousands of students across the Southeastern Michigan region. With the help of architect Noah Resnick and designer Oliver Uberti, the Detroit Robot Factory is intended to spark students’ imaginations by giving them the power to manufacture their own unique stories and ideas. JOIN US! HERE ARE A FEW GREAT FIRST STEPS: LEARN about our plans for 826michigan’s new Detroit Robot Factory. WATCH an introduction to 826michigan’s programs and impact. GET INVOLVED as an 826michigan volunteer and make a difference with Detroit students.

to open 826michigan’s Detroit Robot Factory and to provide free writing and tutoring programs for Detroit’s students. Use the donate button here, or contact us directly to discuss your gift – call us at (734)761-3463, or email Executive Director Amanda Uhle, amanda@826michigan.org or Development Director Nancy Sizer, nancy@826michigan.org. Detroit Wee-Bot OMNI celebration 2


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