Dear Friends —
Live from the former Center Theatre at the Shoppes at Lakewood … it’s The Scrap Exchange!
The Scrap Exchange is delighted to have received amazing community support so far in our 25th year. Here’s a great big thank you to everyone who has participated so far and a quick rundown of some of the latest developments.
Much of what has come in this year is for “COMING SOON” projects and infrastructure related to our campus.
Our building sits on 2.5 acres and our goal is to steward that land in the best way possible. For us, that means developing the land in ways that foster opportunities for recreation, events, gatherings, community gardens, outdoor markets, and anything else we can come up with to promote togetherness.
We have a “Yellow Brick Road” that circles the perimeter our building — 8 times around gets you a mile of walking. The names you see painted on the bricks represent those who have provided funding to support development of the facility and grounds ($100 donation for a small brick, $500 for medium, $1000 for large). Would you like to see your name on a brick? Check out the Yellow Brick Road page of our website for more information.
Our latest outdoor project is what I’m calling the “Parking Lot to Paradise” project. We’ve received $35,000 to remove 14,000 square feet of impervious surface that we plan to replace with a little bit of “paradise” where we can provide opportunities for recreation, community gatherings, and events. Thank you Triangle Community Foundation and Durham County Soil and Water for funding this project! We are currently in the planning phase, and hope to be executing before the end of the year. Check out Depave.org for some inspiration!
We’ve also received funding from the Durham Merchants Association for capital improvements to the exterior of our building. We are working on fabricating and installing a metal gate for the double glass doors on the porch area, cutting a ramp into the sidewalk to make it easier to get from front door to the parking lot, and painting the outside marquee area.
Additional funding we’ve received helps support our creative arts programming and gallery exhibits. We’re grateful to the Durham Arts Council for their Seasons’ Grant program, which provides annual funding that supports our monthly gallery exhibits, free community programs, and hands-on arts programming at local school and community events through our “Events by the Truckload” program.
Our national partner the Cascade Alliance continues to provide essential support — their latest and greatest contribution is a new (to us) forklift! And as we make plans to open a full-time thrift store in the shopping center, they will be working with us on that. (We’re still figuring out the timing for the permanent store but in the meantime please come out for our next Pop-Up Thrift on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
And of course this week is Third Friday!
I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back Julia Gartrell, former Scrap Exchange retail store manager and Durham Art Star, with her show Something Human. Fresh from her residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, she’s been with us all week leading a “Puppet Power” summer camp. We can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for her show!
The opening reception is this Friday, July 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., with the usual snacks, drinks, and free art-making in our Make-N-Take Room. Please come on out and welcome Julia back home.
And last but not least we want to put out a HOLD THE DATE out for Friday, December 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. when we will be hosting our official SCRAPIVERSARY party, celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Scrap Exchange and the 50th anniversary of our building, the Center Theatre. The evening’s big event will be the opening of the TIME CAPSULE that was buried outside when the theater was built.
We can’t wait!
Thanks for everything and hope to see you soon.
With much love and gratitude,
Ann May Woodward
The Scrap Exchange