ACLT is excited to launch our “From Imagination to Creation” campaign to support the William Grose Center for Cultural Innovation and Enterprise (WGC)! Our goal is to raise $300,000 to build out the Makerspace and Visual Effects Film Studio at the WGC in order to teach youth ages 8-18 the skills of design and manufacture. 

Funds from this campaign will help us to:

  • hire full time instructors.
  • purchase much needed technology to run the Makerspace and Visual Effect Film Studio including Makerspace furniture, 3D Tracking System, LED Wall and more.
  • launch Makers and Visual Effect classes for the next 2 years. 


HISTORY OF THE WILLIAM GROSE CENTER: In September 2022, we celebrated the grand opening of the WGC. About 200 community members including William Grose descendants joined us to commemorate the years of advocacy and partnerships that helped secure and renovate the iconic former Firestation 6. 

WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR: In a short amount of time, the WGC has already made great strides to provide career connected learning to 100 youth! We piloted 5 summer STEM programs including the Python Coding Bootcamp, FutureFounders VR Fellowship, Africatown Makers, Digital Storython, and Blacks at Microsoft Hackathon. And we partnered with industry leaders including the University of Washington’s Paul Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering,SIXR, All is Well Studios, Billodue Makerspace at Seattle University, Boys and Girls Club of King County,, Fujifilm and more! 

WE NEED YOUR HELP: There is more work to be done to make sure that youth of the African diaspora have pathways to careers that can enable them to buy back the CD! The median income in Seattle is close to $120K for white households while it’s only $41K for Black households. Partner with ACLT on #Imagination2Creation to ensure our youth have the economic stability to work, live, and thrive in this community!


There are many ways you can get involved!


DONATEMake a financial investment to support accessible STEM education, training, and mentorship of young people in the Central District and greater Seattle.

PROVIDE IN-KIND DONATIONS & SERVICES: Donate equipment and materials to the William Grose Center, donate your space for WGC programs, offer a field trip opportunity or other services.


PARTNER Partner with the WGC to provide youth internships, collaborate on STEM programming, and help to plan fundraising events and other opportunities. Become a part of the William Grose Center network and connect WGC to other potential partners, resources, and information that would benefit the Center.


VOLUNTEER Volunteer your professional expertise as a program instructor or help to facilitate WGC events.


For more information, contact Evan Poncelet at


Mail donations to:
Africatown Community Land Trust
1437 S Jackson St, Ste 100
Seattle WA, 98144

Questions about donations and giving? Email us at and we will get back to you.