Michaels teams up with Club to unveil newly-refurbished ‘MAKE Space’

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Creative Space to be Held Today at Cleveland’s King Kennedy Boys & Girls Club

The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIK), the largest arts and crafts retail chain in North America, is set to unveil a new creative and artistic “Michaels MAKE Space” at Cleveland’s King Kennedy Boys & Girls Club today at 2 p.m. This newly renovated space, which is an extension of Michaels three-year partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), will provide thousands of youth each year with the ability to explore their creative and artistic sides in an inclusive and encouraging artistic environment.

Approximately 400 square feet, the Michaels MAKE Space is fully stocked with all of the arts and craft supplies needed to allow BGCA club youth unleash their inner artists and express themselves. The renovation included new flooring, lighting, ceiling tiles, shelving, a portable sink and shelving. Club kids will also have new tables, chairs, computers, desks, a television, easels, a T-shirt press, supplies for the photo club and art supplies. In addition, the new space will allow for Club staff to work closely with youth on both personal art projects designed to unlock creativity through the Club’s ongoing art program, as well as community initiatives such as the murals Club youth created this past fall to hang along the Opportunity Corridor construction zone.

“The new Michaels MAKE Space will empower kids and teens at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland to make, to think creatively, to dream in color,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Michaels commitment and dynamic approach to our mission is both exciting and inspiring. Together, we will enable all young people of Cleveland – especially those who need us most – to reach their full potential and find their path to a great future.” 

The new Michaels MAKE Space will be unveiled today with a ribbon cutting celebration with staff from the Cleveland Boys & Girls Club, club youth, Michaels representatives and local dignitaries.

The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland first opened its doors in 1954 on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood and aims provide children who are most in need a safe place to grow, learn and realize their full potential. With a wide range of programs, the club supports healthy lifestyles, academic success, character-building and leadership development.

To learn more about Michaels and its partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of American, please visit Michaels.com or download the Michaels app.

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About The Michaels Companies, Inc.:

The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for Makers and do-it-yourself home decorators. The Company operates more than 1,200 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada.  Additionally, the Company serves customers through a variety of digital platforms including Michaels.com, consumercrafts.com and aaronbrothers.com. The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the craft, gift and decor industry.  For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit www.michaels.com or download the Michaels app.

About Boys & Girls Clubs:

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at on Facebook and Twitter.

Community-based services. Positive relationships. Life-changing programs. As Canada’s largest child- and youth-serving organization, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada provides vital programs and services to over 200,000 young people in 700 communities across Canada. During critical out-of-school hours, our Clubs help young people discover who they are, what they can do, and how they can get there. Our trained staff and volunteers give them the tools to realize positive outcomes in self-expression, academics, healthy living, physical activity, mental health, leadership, and more. Since 1900, Boys and Girls Clubs have opened their doors to children, youth, and families in small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities. If a young person needs it, our Clubs provide it. Learn more at bgccan.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @BGCCAN.