"Started as a pop-up..."
The idea of The SPACE was conceptualized by the founder, Shaymar Higgs, while traveling in 2015 through Southeast Asia. Specifically in Bangkok, Thailand, and all of its ancient and modern, artistic glory. On the flight back to the US, the first program drafts were written.
The Dream:: "To give underserved communities access to high-quality art supplies, materials, and lessons in order to provide skills and exposure to entrepreneurship, career development, and individualized growth!"
In 2018, the idea was pitched to Quantum Companies, who first offered the space as a three-week pop-up art space. Today, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, registered in The Great State of Maryland! Since opening our doors, we have had the honor of providing over 8,000 individual art-making experiences within our 394 sq. ft. community space.
To provide a pro-social environment that promotes individualized support through arts education and exploration opportunities, career development, and therapeutic services to youth, adults, and families in underserved communities.
"Sharing Positive Artistic & Creative Energies"
"The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place."
One More (Important) Thing...
The SPACE does not support nor do we support organizations that discriminate on the basis of characteristics such as race, sex, gender, color, creed, religious beliefs, citizenship status, national origin, age, martial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability.