An outreach facility housed in a 1920’s bank building in the financially beleaguered Village of Maywood, the Maywood Fine Arts Association (MFAA) offers a full roster of arts-based classes – including gymnastics and circus skills, as well as singing, dance, art, piano, guitar, and acting – to all area children, regardless of their ability to pay.

The only dependable alternative for area youth to gain enrichment through the arts while learning meaningful lessons about their own potential and human value, the MFAA’s unwavering commitment to the future of the city’s children has enriched and revitalized their entire community.

As winners of Flyhouse’s 2007 ‘Strings Attached’ annual rigging grant, the MFAA chose to apply the grant to upgrading to their training center’s ad-hoc rigging system.

Chicago Flyhouse designed, fabricated, and installed a 15 x 30 pipe grid capable of safely supporting circus arts equipment, aerial performers, and drapery and lighting instruments for Maywood’s in-house recitals and performances.

As the historic building has a highly decorated vintage plaster ceiling, Chicago Flyhouse utilized multiple connection methods to anchor the grid to the building’s substructure, necessitating only small, discreet openings in the plasterwork.

Flyhouse also installed four lighting positions and multiple rigging points throughout the space to allow the connection of circus equipment and safety lines for student tumblers and acrobats.

Flyhouse is proud to contribute to the development and the overall success of such a worthwhile organization, and hope that the ‘Strings Attached’ grant will go a long way towards protecting Maywood’s future, and the futures of the thousands of children it helps each year.

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