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RUPCO's Lace Mill: Collaborative Catalyst

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Her most recent creative work explores how domestic violence and abuse—both personal and institutional—infiltrates the minds of victims and their families. "It's a long process of waking up," she says, "through one's work and art." It's a problem that seems epidemic to her. "So many people go through domestic violence of some kind, not just families but within their communities." Hughes has two works from her current series on display in the boiler room gallery space, and is planning a larger show of her work in May.

Hughes moved into the Lace Mill five months ago. "What I love about this apartment," she says, pointing to the four large windows, "is that it's all light. Every morning I get to wake up and see the sunrise. It's so beautiful to wake up and see the clouds breaking up along the horizon."

The Right Side of the Tracks

The RUPCO team designed the Lace Mill to be an anchor for the Kingston's recently launched Midtown Arts District, the mixed commercial and residential neighborhood along the rail line and Broadway. As the neglected factories and warehouses are slowly being revitalized with new business and residents, the surrounding neighborhood is beginning to flourish, building on the longstanding success of businesses like R&F Handmade Paints, Bailey Pottery, and American Made Monster Studio. Rather than displacing the existing community, RUPCO's plan was always to usher in a graceful, natural transition that benefits new and longtime residents alike. As the project moves forward, they will continue to develop strategies that preserve and enhance the surrounding neighborhoods.

"Our goal was to demonstrate that this neighborhood in Midtown was of value and a high-quality place for people to live," says Guy Kempe. "We've shown it can be done."

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