Message from Ann: December 2015

Dear Friends,

Where did the year go? If someone asked me to give a rundown of some memorable moments of the year, here’s what I’d say…

Alabama folk artist Lonnie Holley visited The Scrap Exchange with UNC Students … he was ethereal, picking up materials and singing and manipulating them in a Lonnie Holley trance … and he put us all in a trance. And we ended up with a Lonnie Holley original piece that is now in our permanent collection.

We were transformed by working with the Cascade Alliance — they helped increase our bottom line while fulfilling our mission and creating jobs through waste.

We said goodbye to longtime Scrap Exchange staff member Ruth Warren — she retired and moved to Florida to make art and watch the sunset with her hubby Russ ~ we miss you both!

We love to train and hire good people! We hired Brittany and Randell through the Durham Economic Resource Center’s Roots of Success internship program, and this is our sixth year working with the NCBA, offering job training opportunities for seniors, and hiring them when we can!

We got people jamming! The Scrap Exchange facilitated its largest Junk Jam yet, more than 100 “innovators” brought to town by Fidelity Investments and hosted at the elegant Umstead Hotel in Cary. Staff member Paola told us she had to jump on the table to get them started … “They couldn’t see my feet,” she said, “What else could I do?” And after that, she said, “They were WILD!!!”

We experienced the busiest year of the organization’s history — more than 120 tons of materials diverted from landfills and turned into low-cost resources for the community.

After our Pop-up Thrift Shop, one of our neighborhood friends told me how much he loved it. He said, “I got a shirt, a microwave oven, and a new pair of boots for $3.” How often does anyone get to say that?

So many special events! — we paraded, swapped, dressed, played, created, cycled, and smashed!

And last but not least, we hosted the Pauli Murray Project in our Cameron Gallery, and we loved having her spirit welcome the community and raise awareness about so many issues of identity, activism, and civic duty.

And the year’s not even over yet!

Here are a few things still to come —

Friday 12/18 — Third Friday, $24 Art Show in the Cameron Gallery — we’re ending the year with a bang! Come on out and support local art and artists and maybe buy some art! Everything is for sale for $24.

Saturday 12/19 — Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences presents The Gingerbread Boy in our Make-N-Take Room.

Saturday 12/19 through January 31 — Thrift Store Trail … support reuse and social benefit for the holidays!

And of course we welcome your year-end gifts in support of our mission and community benefit — please consider donating today! Any amount is appreciated.

With gratitude and love,

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P.S. — Have you seen our tree at the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge? It has a Wizard of Oz theme, to go with our Yellow Brick Road fundraising campaign. Buy a brick! Vote for Tree 21!

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