Construction on the site of the future Maywood Fine Arts Stairway of the Stairs building, which will span the area between 14 to 18 N. 5th Ave. On April 8, the Maywood Fire Department will host a boot drive to help raise funds for the building. | Maywood Fine Arts/Facebook.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 || By Michael Romain
Maywood firefighters recently reported that they collected more than 470 cases of water, or more than 10,000 water bottles, during a water drive held for residents of Flint, Michigan. The drive, which began in late February and lasted through the end of March, was conducted in coordination with local community groups and residents in the area.
“All the water was loaded up and two members of the department drove it out [on April 5],” according to a statement released by the Maywood Firefighters Union SEIU Local 73. “That was a tremendous outpouring of support from the community and we appreciate it.”
On the heels of the Flint water drive, Maywood firefighters are gearing up for yet another act of goodwill. On April 8, from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM, the department, along with S.E.I.U. Local 73, will host a boot drive at the corner of 1st Ave. and Roosevelt Rd., to raise money for Maywood Fine Arts.
Construction on a brand new dance studio for the venerable nonprofit, which has been a Fifth Avenue staple for nearly five decades, has started in earnest. Last year, MFA stepped up its Raising the Barre capital campaign — a $1.8 million fundraising drive to cover the balance of the studio’s construction costs.
According to MFA’s website, the new $1.55 million, “9,000 square foot building will unify MFA into a centralized Arts Campus. It will contain three beautiful new studios that will allow us to expand both our dance and fitness programs. This building will also jump-start urban revitalization in the heart of Maywood’s Business District.”
For more information on the capital campaign, click here. VFP