On Nov. 19, the 4-year-old Arts + Literature Laboratory ceremonially broke ground on its new space. ALL has received a $500,000 grant through the city's Capital Revolving Fund (to be paid back via below-market rent). The arts incubator, which hosts writers, visual artists, musicians and more, is expanding into part of the Capitol East Garage at 111 S. Livingston St. 

The new ALL is five times the size of the chilly brick studio on Winnebago Street it has called home for the past four years. The gallery and performance space will be on the first floor. Education claims much of the third, including art studios. Literary arts, with a small library, is in the middle: a sketch of the mezzanine shows a 835 square foot writing center. Opening is planned for March 2020.

“It’s very exciting,” said founder Jolynne Roorda. “A grassroots, community-driven organization like ours often doesn’t have the ability to design a space. This is somewhat unique. We’re not going into an old factory or something that’s already there.”