Message from Ann: August 2015

Dear Friends —

This month we are celebrating a year in our permanent Lakewood home, and this month in the Cameron Gallery we have another coming home celebration — we are over-the-moon thrilled to be working with the Pauli Murray Project to present the exhibit “Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest.” This exhibition has “come home” to our location, a mere six blocks from Pauli Murray’s childhood home on Carroll Avenue.

The show highlights human rights activist Pauli Murray’s life and work, and celebrates her core beliefs — embracing creative expression, the indivisibility of human rights, the deconstruction of traditional boundaries, and self-reliance.

You are invited to the opening reception on Friday, August 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. here at The Scrap Exchange, with refreshments sponsored by the Durham Co-op Market. Meet Barbara Lau, the curator of the show and executive director of the Pauli Murray Project, and learn more about this important figure in American history and the work being done to rediscover her legacy.

The show will be up through December and offers curriculum for third, fourth, and eighth-grade students, along with special events and related programming. Please let us know if you’re interested in bringing a group in to participate, or would like more information about the program options available!

We’re also gearing up for some fall festivities and special programs…

We’re having our next Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp from Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 16 — learn how to start your own creative reuse center, or improve an existing center to make it more sustainable. Early-bird registration has been extended through August 27!

On Saturday, October 3, we’re hosting our first DIY Festival — an expanded homebrew festival with art! Our theme is Beer, Art, and Alchemy.

We’ll feature homebrewers along with makers, crafters, and doers of all stripes, showing how they do what they do, and teaching you how you can do it too. Are you someone who makes something? Would you like to participate in the festival? We’re looking for vendors and DIY’ers to exhibit and demo their skills. For more information, please email Laura Pyatt at events2 (at) scrapexchange (dot) org.

Then on Saturday, October 31, we’re holding a one-of-a-kind fundraiser we’re calling the Great Create Race. Teams will build and decorate carts and race them around the Yellow Brick Road at The Scrap Exchange. The day will feature costumes, prizes, and fun for all! Start getting your team together and we’ll fill you in on the details as the date gets closer.

Thank you for your support, and please come out and join us!

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P.S. ~ The Saturday Lakewood Flea Market runs through October. We’ve been inspired by Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her “KonMari” method of decluttering, and are working on a KonMari Challenge! If you’ve “KonMaried” your space and are left with piles of things to get rid of, you can bring them to the Flea Market and get a special rate on a table, $10 for the day. Anything you don’t sell you can donate to The Scrap Exchange! More info to come as we think through what this challenge needs…

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