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 and compassionately serve.

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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 what is now 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

THE SWARM

Over 19,000 square feet of collaborative co-working space (fully furnished) for individuals, nonprofits 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 HATCHERY

An 8,800 square foot experimental space configured as two symmetrically identical black box theaters and open classrooms to be used for theater, dance, improv, and performances demanding a flexible and intimate atmosphere.

THE HEX

A historic building housing at least 6 artisan studios including a small batch coffee roaster, a craftsman bee hive machining center, a glass blowing workshop, a pottery studio, a photography studio and a metalsmith. Opening at the end of 2021.

THE BUZZ

This modular theater and performance space with flexible seating will be fitted out for up to 350 and is located on the northern end of the campus, adjacent to preserved woods and open field space. At approximately 14,000 square feet, it will become a destination in southeast Michigan for cultural programs and inspiring performances.

ROYAL JELLY HALL

A full service commercial kitchen (approximately 13,000 square feet) with cafeteria service line, dining room, culinary arts kitchen and classroom. Located in the center of The Hive, this building features large windows that overlook the main square and is scheduled to open to the public at the end of 2021.

STINGER STUDIO

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, a full suite of professional grade microphones, compressors, headphones, guitars and amps.

THE HONEYCOMB

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 serving hundreds of children and adults every summer.

THE NEST

A residential hall in a dorm style setting that will sleep up to 80. Four wings are connected by a common space with restrooms. Located near The Buzz, The Nest is adjacent to a large athletic field nestled alongside preserved woods.

THE COLONY

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?

EMPOWERING

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

PASSIONATE TEACHING

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

WORLD-CLASS VENUES

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

SUSTAINABLE

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

CREATIVE LEAD

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

CREATIVE LEAD

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.

Mark Smith

ADVISORY BOARD

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

Susan P. Shipman, MAI

ADVISORY BOARD

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

ADVISORY BOARD

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

ADVISORY BOARD

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

ADVISORY BOARD

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

ADVISORY BOARD

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.

Simple.

Co-working.

Space.

The Swarm features over 19,000 square feet of collaborative co-working space (fully furnished) for individuals, nonprofits 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.

Join The Swarm!

Get a private office, conference room, socially distanced banquet space,
dedicated desk or one-time event rental.

swarm@thehiveproject.org

Our Community

Located in the heart of southeast Michigan in Lenawee County.

8744 Clinton Macon Road
Clinton, MI 49236

CONTACT US

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

hello@thehiveproject.org

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

 

Major Gifts

Our Charitable Solicitation Registration is #62155

majorgifts@thehiveproject.org