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KNAC will alleviate poverty, eliminate discrimination and celebrate the arts by repurposing buildings, revitalizing organizations and empowering individuals in coalition with others committed to enhancing self-worth, self-determination, self-expression and self-respect.
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The Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition developed as an effort to maintain the historic Kalamazoo First Baptist Church, the oldest church in Kalamazoo. The church itself consists of several office spaces, spaces perfect for events and meetings, studios and rooms which were not being used to their full capacity.
In March of 2017 a large group of artists, musicians, church staff, community members and community activists got together to discuss what the space could be used for. Out of this meeting came the idea to turn the space into a cooperative use space for non-profit organizations to have office space priced below market for the sole purpose of growing their vision by weakening financial barriers and at the same time allowing them to strengthen the community of Kalamazoo.
As time went on the vision was further developed to include organizations and individuals which aligned with our core values of empowering individuals to alleviate poverty, eliminate discrimination, and celebrate the arts. Many other under used buildings were being targeted to become repurposed as community centered spaces and with a board in place, paperwork submitted for our transition and a growing wealth of knowledge of developing such a space we found it valuable to act as an example of how community members may do this in their own neighborhoods.
Thus, KNAC established the following mission: Repurposing buildings, revitalizing organizations and empowering individuals to alleviate poverty, eliminate discrimination, and celebrate the arts.
Today the following organizations use our space: Kalamazoo Ballet, Tye Chua Dance, City Gate Church, offices of Pastor John Gilfillan, Northridge Church, offices of Pastor Ray Brandon, Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, First Baptist Church, Hydroponic Garden Works, Kalamazoo Housing Cooperative, Al-Anon Group, Refugee Outreach Collective, Crawlspace Eviction, Blab Rats, Transformations Group, Loaves and Fishes of Kalamazoo, God’s Kitchen and A