Evan Dayringer and Britten Stringwell
The barn has recently become even more central to the couple's lives. Last year, Gross left, and the space went dark. Stringwell and Dayringer spearheaded a push to maintain the barn as a community center. They joined a like-minded group of artists to form an L3C, a for-profit business entity emphasizing social benefits and minimal income, to rent and manage the building. They've since cultivated a busy schedule of events including concerts, craft nights, fitness workshops, and a revival of the Bizarre Dance.
"It's a center for just meeting your neighbor," says Dayringer. "It's a center for having someplace to go with your kid." The common thread is building community.
Dayringer says his mother, Charo Ledon, taught him that "you can make your community." Born in Cuba, she moved to Ann Arbor alone at age twenty. She married (Evan is one of two sons), ran small businesses, and now runs the Casa Latina community center.