Calumet Art Center Barrier Free Entrance

To create a safe learning environment where art, culture, and history inspire and challenge the people of the Keweenaw

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“The Calumet Art Center is a mosaic of the human existence following the footprints of the ancestors.”

– Jikiwe (Ed Gray), founding Executive Director of the Calumet Art Center

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The Calumet Art Center’s adult and youth enrichment program classes include specific classes for veterans as well as upcoming programming for adults and youth with special needs. As programming and attendance continues to grow, the accessibility to enter the Calumet Art Center has created a challenge for patrons with special needs that cannot navigate stairs.

Our mission is to reconstruct the side entrance to the Calumet Art Center by a single level for barrier free access. The front entrance currently used has two levels of stairs making it difficult for those with limited ability to gain easy access. The entrances to the second floor performance hall also have two to three levels of very steep stairs.

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Construction to make the Calumet Art Center ADA accessible are costly. Plans and cost estimates for this project have been developed with UP Engineers and Architects with an estimated cost of $16,000.

The construction is scheduled to take place this spring and funds are needed to see through the completion of the construction and to finish the landscaping. The new pathway, ramp and entrance will be alongside the Heritage Rose Garden to welcome all patrons for the purpose of attending classes, mentoring, talking circles, drumming, youth programs and so much more.

A generous benefactor has pledged to match dollar per dollar up to $4,000 towards the Calumet Art Center’s Barrier Free Access Campaign! We have raised $8,000 through private donations and a grant from the Keweenaw National Park towards our goal. We are halfway there!

Your donations to this project will be a great contribution to our community and will benefit patrons with special needs and allow them to take part in many wonderful programs.


Founder and Executive Director Ed Gray throwing clay on the wheel (photo courtesy of Joe Kirkish).

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