Living and Learning Enrichment Center Receives $15,000 Grant from Michigan Arts & Culture Council to Empower Individuals with Disabilities

by | Mar 6, 2024

With a staggering near 90% unemployment rate among individuals with disabilities, Living and Learning Enrichment Center is dedicated to creating job skills training, career exploration, and meaningful work opportunities. Under the visionary leadership of founder Rachelle Vartanian, Living and Learning strives to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. MOD Market, our social enterprise boutique and job training site, in collaboration with Baseline Art Studio, serves as a dynamic platform for individuals to express, connect, and thrive through the arts.

The MACC grant will further enable MOD Market, Baseline Art Studio and Living and Learning Enrichment Center to deepen their community outreach, enhance program offerings, and expand their operational capabilities. This generous support will allow for the growth of the Uniquely MOD product line and the establishment of a new satellite studio and retail location at the Village Arts Factory in Canton, increasing accessibility and community engagement. The dedication of MOD Market’s leadership, staff, and collaborative approach with community partners underscores the center’s commitment to inclusivity, innovation, and empowerment.

The MACC peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers who support this project through legislative appropriations and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences. A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MACC at (517) 241-4011 or by visiting the MACC website at

About Living and Learning Enrichment Center:

Living and Learning Enrichment Center was founded in 2015 by Rachelle Vartanian and is a 501c3 charity headquartered in Northville, Michigan and is engaged in providing day/evening activities to teens and adults with special needs including vocational and social skills programs. Their goal is to be the nation’s model in equipping people who have special needs with the developmental skills they will need to be contributing members ofsociety. Living and Learning also currently manages the MOD Market in downtown Northville and runs an IT Academy called Exceptional Academy.