In February, 2006 a diverse group of artists gathered in Hamtramck, MI to plan the founding of an art center. Over the subsequent months, they refined their ideas and formed what was then known as Hatch: A Hamtramck Art Collective.
United by the shared mission of Education, Expression and Exhibition, the group rapidly gained followers and supporters. Regular meetings were held in community centers, local businesses and artists' studios.
In late 2006, Hatch befriended the newly-opened Café 1923. The café hosted our first gallery show and continues to host Hatch art exhibits today.
Hatch achieved 501[c]3 nonprofit status and developed a full calendar of events. Within its first year of existence, Hatch founded the Detroit chapter of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School, represented Hamtramck artists at 2 art fairs, and hosted concerts, critiques, educational workshops and more.
Hatch purchased the old police station from the City of Hamtramck in 2008. For the next four years, renovations were made, concurrent with fundraising and maintaining a full events schedule. A new roof and central heating system were made possible through grants and crowdsourcing campaigns. Volunteers put in countless hours to help convert the former police station into a space for making and exhibiting art.
The Hatch Art Gallery officially opened in April 2012. Upstairs studios became available for rent in July and were full at occupancy by the year's end. Classroom space was finished March 2013. Work commenced on the shared workspace, gift shop and community darkroom.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, Hatch has begun to create an art library where Detroiters can borrow a local artist’s work for their home for up to two months. The library seeks to enable residents to realize the value of art on a personal level and inspire them to buy more.