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Our Mission

“…to nurture the arts and creativity.” It’s as simple as that. We love creative people. We are inspired by fresh ideas. We try new things, and take risks. Do you?

What we do

We show artwork, make music, and host parties. We produce plays, teach classes, and inspire creativity. ‘Get into the Box’ to find out what is in here for you.

How we do it

We involve you. Do you want to take a class? Or have a gallery show? What about attending a play? Or maybe host a concert… Whatever you can dream, we can do.

Become a member or donate to be a part of what happens next!


More About Us & Our Team

We’re small but mighty. Our dedicated staff members put heart into all they do, and that energy is felt throughout our building. In addition to their efforts, our team of dedicated volunteers power-up the place. If you’re looking for a place to belong, you’ve found one here.

Kristen Patzer
Executive Director

Kristen holds a degree in Art History and is an experienced arts administrator. She oversees all operations and programs at the Box. {}

Leah Brooks
Intern Extraordinaire

Meet Leah: You will find her at the front desk this summer!

We celebrate diversity. We embrace new ideas. We curate fresh experiences.

‘The Box’ building was purchased by the members of the Berrien Artist Guild, and the ‘The Box Factory for the Arts’ was created in 1995. Originally an artists’ hang out, it has since grown to become a full service arts space featuring studios, a theatre, reception halls, and concert space.

Our vision for the future is big. Our purpose is twofold: connect people to the arts, and provide new ways to connect people to their inner creative side. Our  value as an organization continues to grow with the support of our members and our community. We are unique because we embrace all of the arts – from visual, to time-based, culinary and dramatic… there’s something “in the Box” for you!

The Box Factory for the Arts is funded in several different ways: grants, matching grants, donations and member support are vital to the organization while monthly rent paid by our studio artists and tenants help sustain us.

The scales shown indicate how close (or far) we are from meeting our grant matching funding goals. When you become a member or donate, you help us take one step closer to reaching these sustaining numbers.

Currently, we have two exciting opportunities to double the value of your contribution to the Box Factory for the Arts. We were awarded two matching grants: one from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for new programming, and another from the Frederick S. Upton Foundation for classroom improvements. Any gift made to the Box Factory for the Arts is tax deductible, as we are a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.  Matching grants are especially exciting because it means that every dollar you donate will be matched, essentially making your donation double in value. Support from our members and friends enables us to continue ‘nurturing creativity and the arts.’

Supporting the Box Factory for the Arts is easy. If you rather not give a monetary gift, you can volunteer for any of our numerous events, give in-kind donations, or participate in clubs and committees. Just email Jackie at to find the right fit for you!

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)
The Frederick S. Upton Foundation

Volunteer at the Box


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