The robot repair shop at 115 Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor, MI not only provides robot supplies and repair, but it doubles as a non-profit creative writing center for students ages 6-18, which is supported by the robot supply part… follow? Stop in for some fun conversation and to be inspired creatively.
The Ark was formed in 1965 by a coalition of churches that created a coffee house focusing on music and social issues. It has grown into the now non-profit venue on S. Main, presenting national, regional, & international artists known for usually playing to much larger audiences. It has over 300 shows a year by Folk/Indie/Ethnic and Acoustic performers, and does so well at capturing that special artist-audience connection, and producing quality shows for passionate fans. Everyone from the audience, to the volunteers, to the performers on stage fills the Ark with diverse backgrounds and interesting conversation.
Until March it will be pairing with U of M Museum of Art (UMMA) to invite student songwriters to the stage, general public is able to attend free of charge. This is similar to another event The Ark participates in called ‘Open Stage’, which gives local artists a chance to shine for a 2-song set. Names are picked at random. Head to the Ark to sign up for your chance! Upcoming events at the Ark include their Storytelling Festival being held Febuary 20th and 21st.
Whether it is from donations or volunteers, the Ark relies on community support. CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE ARK
Many locals frequent this 10,000 square foot, non-profit resale store on Industrial Blvd., as all the proceeds benefit the Ann Arbor Public Schools‘ student programs. The store features household items, clothing, toys, books and more. They also offer free pick-up of furniture! Visit their website, A2 PTO Thrift Shop, for more information.