Kenosha, WI – October 16, 2017 – Over the last several months, the Joseph and Kathy Madrigrano Arts Center in the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha’s Teen Center was overhauled and completely redone.
The arts center was part of the original building when it was constructed in 2010. Over the years, the studio has been used for dancing, singing, holiday performances, talent show practice, special guest speakers and more. While the Joseph and Kathy Madrigrano Arts Center was always an incredible space, it was underutilized by the teens.
The idea to renovate the space came from a staff trip to visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. “After visiting the Milwaukee Club, we thought we’d be dreaming to have our own dance studio. But we are fortunate to have an entire community behind us and are so thankful for their time, talents, resources and for making this into a reality,” said BGCK CEO, Jake McGhee.
After the trip, plans begun right away to renovate the studio. The following companies donated their time, product and labor to this project:
- Bone Dry Products – flooring
- MyAffordableFloors.com – install
- SERVPRO North Kenosha – demolition
- Lee Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric – mirrors
- Rasch Construction – wood framing
“I’m glad we could provide the flooring and help to coordinate the installation,” said Jim Gourley of Bone Dry Products. “While other activities are wonderful, it’s also very important to provide an opportunity for the members to experience their own creativity and I believe that’s what will happen with the new facility. I hope they dance so much, they wear out the floor and we’re back to install another one soon.”
Teen Center after-school attendance has nearly quadrupled because of the Club and community’s response to their interests and needs.
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. Celebrating 25 years serving youth in Kenosha, the club has launched the “$25 for 25 more years” campaign, with proceeds from the fundraiser going to support expansion of free transportation to three additional elementary schools. Those interested in making a donation can visit www.BGCK25for25.org.