Toyota in the Neutral Zone

A shout out to Toyota and Calty Design Research for their funding to refurbish the visual arts space of the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, which is self-described as “is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.

A shout out to Toyota and Calty Design Research for their funding to refurbish the visual arts space of the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, which is self-described as “a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas. Neutral Zone provides an afterschool drop in space, weekend concerts, and more than 20 programs in the areas of community leadership, education, literary arts, music and visual arts.”

Or, the sort of place where some future automotive designers may come from.

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People from Calty as well as Hobbs & Black Architects met with NZ teens to discuss the layout. Then, in addition to the aforementioned funding, work was donated or discounted by local businesses (e.g., Carpenter Guy, EVIEW360, Joe Cruz Electrical, Anderson Paint, Cornerstone Design, MASCO). Much of the manual labor for the space was performed by NZ denizens and staff.

Lots of car companies talk about the Millennials. Here’s a great example of engaging with them.http://www.neutral-zone.org