Q&A with Jenn Schaub - Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist at Dwelling Place | Arts & Culture
By Lindsay Patton Carson
Questions for Jenn Schaub, Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist at Dwelling Place
You're the Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist at Dwelling Place. What are some of your job requirements?
My job there is essentially community organizing. I work with the South Division Business Corridor and we do a variety of activities on South Division to help support the economic development.
There's Dwelling Place and there's Avenue for the Arts. Are they separate? Is one part of the other? Explain how that works.
When we refer to the Avenue for the Arts, it is a geographic location. It is the area between South Division and Fulton, along the South Division corridor and it includes the residents, businesses and non-profit organizations that are coming together to better the community. The Dwelling Place does affordable housing, with the majority of the housing being in downtown Grand Rapids.
So by naming the location ‘Avenue for the Arts,' you want to encourage the focus on the artist community, correct?
When you say ‘South Division,' there's a certain segment of the population that has very directed ideas about what that area is like. So we wanted to emphasize the positive things that are happening in that community...