Covington's Center for Great Neighborhoods kicks off campaign to finish creative hub renovations

Covington’s Center for Great Neighborhoods (CGN) honored all its moving parts — current and future leaders, key businesses, community organizers, residents and students — at its Annual Celebration two weeks ago. The Nov. 18 event also kicked off the nonprofit’s Annual Campaign, which runs through Jan. 17.
This year’s campaign will fund renovations to the historic Hellmann Lumber building, soon to be transformed into the Hellmann Creative Center.
“The Hellmann Creative Center will act as the symbolic hub of The Center’s work by offering a place for everyone in the community to make their creative ideas come to fruition,” says Sarah Allan, CGN’s Program Director of Creative Placemaking.

It’s the organization’s most monumental project to date and, when completed, will house its offices as well as artist studios and community event space.
The Center for Great Neighborhoods believes every individual within the community has something to offer and that when residents are not provided an outlet to express their creativity the neighborhood misses out, as a story remains untold. The Hellmann Creative Center will provide residents with a venue and a voice.
“We know it is a big vision, but we believe it is possible,” Allan says. “Forty years of community work has shown us what people can come up with if given the space.”   

Do Good: 

• Support the Center for Great Neighborhoods by donating.

• Share your creativity with the community and view resources available to you here

• Interested in studio space at the Hellmann Creative Center? Contact Sarah Allan.
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