Last month, a new community space opened its doors in downtown Hastings.
The Savana Sanchez Memorial Community and Art Center, located at 217 Ramsey St., was opened by MRW, Inc., a local housing services company for disabled adults.
The community center, a nonprofit, was founded and named in honor of local artist and MRW, Inc. client, Savana Sanchez, who died in May 2018.
"This was something we wanted to do to honor her legacy," Johny Bruno, center director, said. "We wanted to, in her memory, give the community a place to go, and create and share art."
The center offers plenty of tables and chairs as well as a couch for anyone to come in to work on a project or relax. Eventually, the center will also offer special events and classes.
"We want to start doing a lot of events, like getting speakers to come in and present, whether it's live art demonstrations, open mics, poetry - whatever. It's kind of a broad sky right now as to where we will go with it, because we are still relatively new," Bruno said, adding that they hope to have classes going by the end of the month.
Currently, the community and art center holds open houses during the Downtown Hastings Classic Car Show to get the word out.
At the center, they have set up finger painting, photo stations, and outdoor games for individuals and families.
The center is open 1-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
To get more information, community members can stop in to sign up for an email list. The organization hopes to have a Facebook page started up soon, according to Bruno.