540 – 544 Freeman Street, Orange, NJ
Once the home of West Orange Brass Company, three abandoned buildings on Freeman Street became HANDS’ first project in the Valley Arts District with four retail storefronts dedicated to the arts, and four artist apartments above. The pioneer tenant was Arts Unbound, a non-profit organization committed to the artistic achievement of persons living with developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical challenges.
The Brass Company Buildings are now alive with art classes and galleries (ARTSETC), music events and community meetings. The rear courtyard features a mural and a meditation labyrinth.
Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of youth, adults and senior citizens with disabilities. Through professional classes in the visual arts and exhibitions in their gallery and throughout New Jersey, they unleash the artistic expression of persons living with developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical challenges.