Popps Emporium expands on the existing programming of Popps Packing through additional residency space, a community gallery, a tool lending library and will serve as a community resource for the sharing of goods, skills, and experiences while offering a platform for community engagement, creating new connections and neighborly good will.
The Popps Emporium project began in 2012 when we bought the blighted storefront with attached house across the street and began to slowly rehab the building. We invited artists to create immersive installations within the space during the various stages of transition – a collaboration that allowed the artists to realize their vision and helped us by clearing much of the debris from the building.
The visible process of rehabilitating Popps Emporium, which is nestled in a strip of houses along the Carpenter corridor, allowed us to meet new neighbors, to learn about the history of this community and about the various skills that people living here have. These conversations inspired us took look at Popps Emporium, beyond a space for artists and as a place for neighbors to gather, share information and resources so that we can collaboratively begin to build the neighborhood we envision moving forward.
We are in the final stretch of completing the Popps Emporium project. Consider donating to our Patronicity Campaign here. If we make our goal of $30,000, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will match it 1;1, essentially doubling your donation! Help us grow!
This project is made possible in part through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, The Peck Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.