215 acres,
17 buildings,
One Vision.

The Hive Project empowers artists, educators and entrepreneurs (young and old) united by a common desire to share, teach, innovate and compassionately serve.

Our Story

This campus found us. For the past 10 years, we have searched for a space that would embrace our vision of a community of art and sustainability. This place is rooted in teaching, learning, exploring and passionately searching for new ways to do things. And this surrounding community has met us with complete openness, sincere joy and genuine love in sharing the rich history of this part of southeast Michigan.

More than a century ago, Henry Ford began acquiring many thousands of acres of farmland as he searched for new ways to power automobiles and to educate workers. The original maintenance shop floors, built from unused cuts of dashboard lumber, remain on our historic campus today.

We started the process of purchasing The Hive at the beginning of a global pandemic. More than ever, we need some sense of hope and some sense of looking forward. There can never be too much music in the world.

“We are the music-makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.”

Our Campus


Coworking Complex & Event Space

Over 19,000 square feet of collaborative coworking space (fully furnished) for nonprofits, entrepreneurs, technologists and startups. The space includes a central reception area, huge modular conference and meetings spaces, small group board rooms, breakout rooms, a commercial kitchen, private offices, modular work pods, a mail room and a small library. Dedicated fiber feeds ultra-fast Internet to the entire complex. The Swarm is fully operational, with openings for tenant partners, community events and other workshops and presentations.


Performing Arts Complex

This roughly 9,000 square foot facility features two expansive rehearsal/performance spaces and two large classrooms to be used for theater, orchestras, choirs, dance, improv, and ensembles demanding a flexible and intimate atmosphere.


A historic building housing at least 6 artisan studios including a small batch coffee roaster, a craftsman beehive machining center, a glass blowing workshop, a pottery studio, a photography studio and a metalsmith.


Health & Wellness Complex

The Buzz includes an all-season, multi-sport playing field surrounded by an eight-lane, Olympic style track for Hive members and the surrounding community. Focused on community health and wellness, this outdoor facility is adjacent to our 14,000 square foot indoor historic gym, refurbished with synthetic turf for year-round sports and recreational community use. The Buzz also houses a dedicated workout room and studio class space. Located on the northern end of the campus, adjacent to preserved woods, The Buzz is expected to open Spring 2022.


Commercial Dining & Culinary Incubator

A full-service commercial kitchen with cafeteria service line and dining room. A second commercial kitchen adjoins this spacious gathering area and is home to our culinary incubator with adjoining classroom. At over 13,000 square feet and located in the center of The Hive, Royal Jelly Hall features large windows that overlook the main square and is scheduled to open to the public mid-2022.


A state-of-the-art recording and podcasting space at just over 4,500 square feet, this acoustically rich hall (formerly a chapel) will feature digital and analog recording equipment, a Yamaha 7-foot grand piano and a full suite of professional grade equipment. Flexible seating offers a year-round performance and rehearsal space for individuals and ensembles, as well.


Fine & Creative Arts Complex

This school for the arts (formerly a high school) will feature 10 flexible classrooms, designed by students, in over 16,000 square feet overlooking a pond. The building will include common space, a Fab Lab, creative carrels and a computer lab. This building will serve as the hub for our prestigious summer camp, Honeycomb Academy, serving hundreds of children and adults every summer. Expected opening is Summer 2022.


A residential hall in a dorm style setting that will sleep up to 80. Four wings are connected by a common space with restrooms and mentor offices. Located near The Buzz, The Nest is adjacent to Stinger Studio and sits on the northeast part of the main campus.


A dynamic, next-generation senior care and senior living center in partnership with one of the most wholistic and community-centric hospital networks in the country. Residents enjoy a carefully designed community rich with performing, visual, creative and culinary arts on a campus buzzing with hundreds of people ages 5 to 105.

What makes us unique?


The Hive Project empowers artists, educators and entrepreneurs (young and old) united by a common desire to share, teach, innovate and compassionately serve.


The Hive brings together thousands of people year-round who share a passion for education in technology and in the performing, visual, creative and culinary arts.


The Hive is a preeminent collaborative of venues on one campus in southeast Michigan dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and to creating emotionally engaging and intellectually relevant artistic presentations delivered through multiple mediums and live performances.


The Hive manages its own waste water treatment plant and water supply system, and our long-term vision includes creating more than half of our own energy consumption through sustainable solar and wind infrastructure across our 215-acre campus.

Our Team

John Goodell


John is a teacher, conductor, pianist, entrepreneur and beekeeper. He is Founder & Managing Partner of Post Companies, LLC, Director of Orchestras at Greenhills School and Director of Music & Technology at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor.

Kim Tucker-Gray


Kim is a maker, connector, technologist, entrepreneur and beekeeper. She is a Partner at Post Companies, LLC and serves as the Director of Finance at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor.

Emily Olson


Emily is an experienced arts administrator, community engagement connector, and fundraising & development enthusiast. As a flutist, she performs regularly with Ann Arbor, Flint, and Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestras.

Mark Smith


Mark is a pragmatic visionary and creative problem solver with decades of entrepreneurial experience. He is President of Mi-HQ Co-Lab Business Incubator/Accelerator in Ann Arbor.

Susan P. Shipman, MAI


Susan has over 25 years of professional valuation experience serving private, institutional and municipal clients throughout Michigan. She is Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield.

Steve Dykstra


Steve has over 25 years experience in residential, commercial and development projects with a particular interest in rehabilitation and reuse of old buildings. He is Vice President at Hobbs+Black Architects.

Joe O'Neal


Active in conservation work throughout the community, Joe is a strategic thinker, passionate community builder and creative problem solver. He is the Founder of O’Neal Construction, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors for The Treeline Allen Creek Urban Trail.

Annie Rose


Annie is a voice teacher, singer, and conductor. She has worked for decades as a creator, connector and collaborator. She is Music Director & Conductor of Harmony and Cantor Emerita of Temple Beth Emeth.

Sam Rao


Sam has decades of experience as a musician and entrepreneur. He holds an MBA from The University of Michigan and is co-founder of The Aurora School of Music in Ohio. He currently serves as Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Progressive Insurance.

Our Location

Located in the heart of southeast Michigan in Lenawee County.

8744 Clinton Macon Road
Clinton, MI 49236


The Hive Project
P.O. Box 391
Dexter, MI 48130


A Michigan 501(c)(3)
EIN: 81-3391751


Major Gifts

Our Charitable Solicitation Registration is #62155


Introducing Emily Olson, our new Community Lead! Emily is an experienced arts administrator, community engagement connector, and fundraising & development enthusiast. As a flutist, she performs regularly with Ann Arbor, Flint, and Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestras.

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