Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for STEP’s “PASC Program’s New Studio at the Lantern” in Detroit

Kathleen Achtenberg, MEDC
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Anthony Marcellini
PASC Program Manager and Project Lead
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$50,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative

Person standing in front of a large canvas painting abstract art.

PASC Artist DeRon Hudson working at the PASC Studio

LANSING, Mich. – Detroit will soon gain its first public gallery and studio for disabled adult artists in the multi-use Lantern Building through the anticipated success of a crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and nonprofit Services To Enhance Potential (STEP) announced today. The campaign is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by August 5, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“The creation of this new arts and cultural district will provide an inclusive, accessible, creative space for adults with disabilities and represents an ideal hyperlocal placemaking project,” said MEDC Regional Prosperity Managing Director Paula Holtz. “We are pleased to support and provide resources for this project to complete the space through our Public Spaces Community Places program.”

Proposed aerial rendering of main entrance to the LANTERN, with PASC on bottom left. Copyright OMA and Luxigon

Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC) is seeking funding to complete the build-out of its future Detroit Gallery and Studio in the LANTERN Building. This fully ADA accessible professional gallery and studio space will provide a platform for artists with developmental disabilities and/or mental health differences to create and share their creative expression with the community, offer them opportunities to build careers and earn an income from their chosen profession as an artist.

LANTERN is a mixed-use arts building, located in a newly developing arts district. PASC Detroit in the LANTERN will provide disabled adults groundbreaking opportunities for professional development, as well as collaboration and integration with the Detroit cultural community. PASC Detroit will be the first studio and gallery dedicated to artists with disabilities in Detroit and will be fully accessible and follow universal design principles to support all who come to enjoy the space.

“Receiving the MEDC Public Spaces Community Places grant will be transformational for STEP in helping our PASC program develop,” said Brent Mikulski, President and CEO of Services to Enhance Potential. “Not only does MEDC’s endorsement encourage the Detroit community and beyond to invest in us, but more importantly it represents a faith and a commitment in the power and reach of our program to foster disabled artists into professional art careers, become a nexus for the Detroit disabled art community, and generate a more inclusive art world.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at

“The Michigan Municipal League is a strong supporter of placemaking projects and events happening throughout our state,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the League. “This public art initiative will have a positive, lasting impact on the Grosse Ile community as well as all who attend it. This is what placemaking is all about.”

The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of April 30, 2023, MEDC has provided more than $11.4 million in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 343 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with more than $13 million raised from 65,483 individual donors. Communities have a 97 percent success rate in achieving their goals and earning matching funds.

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