Message from Ann: January 2016

Dear Friends,

This year The Scrap Exchange celebrates 25 years (!!!) in existence. WOW.

And to make the most of this great year we are thrilled to present a fabulous slate of events that support and promote DIY and FUN cultural opportunities for local families, artists, and the community! This includes …

…monthly gallery exhibits in the Cameron Gallery, with opening receptions as part of Third Friday Durham and featuring FREE Make-N-Take art-making and meet-the-artist opportunities … and also this year featuring a PAPERCRAFTING meetup & skill share in our Design Center, hosted by board member and longtime volunteer Karen Stinehelfer…

…continued FREE community sewing … now with a second day! Community sewing in 2016 will be held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Much thanks to Christine and Hanunnah for their great dedication and boundless energy for this tremendous community event!

In addition to our ongoing monthly events, we also have FIVE signature special events slated for 2016 —

Swap-O-Rama RamaSaturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — our giant community clothing Swap promoting creativity over consumerism. This is a Scrap fan favorite!

25th Anniversary Jubilee WeekendFriday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17 — the return of Brew Durham! Homebrew festival with music plus DIY/Reuse/Art activities (and this is our 25th birthday weekend too!)

Great Create RaceSaturday, October 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Costumes! Contraptions! Fun!

SmashFestFriday, November 25 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Our post-apocalyptic alternative Black Friday event!

Time Capsule Opening — 50 years ago, when our building was dedicated, a time capsule was buried near the front entrance, to be opened December 2016. In a bit of cosmic coincidence, this event falls in our 25th anniversary year. What do you think the folks in 1966 decided to put in the ground for posterity? We can’t wait to find out!

And of course throughout the year we’ll be offering all kinds of creative arts programs, educational opportunities, and reuse sales events — including two Creative Reuse Center Boot Camps (one in June, one in September) and a quarterly Pop-Up Thrift Shop (with the first one coming up on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7).

Want to be sure to keep up with all of the action? Visit our website, sign up for our newsletter, friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.

For starters this week in the Cameron Gallery is our “artist in residence,” metalworker and community activist Tom Dawson with his installation Prospect Refuge Mystery Surprise. (Fun Fact: When we purchased the Lakewood building, the first person to get a key was Tom, so he could set up a welding studio — this gave him space to work and gave us some activity in building that had long been empty. Win-win!)

The opening will feature music, refreshments, and free art-making in our Make-N-Take Room. Fun for the whole family!

Longer term projects for 2016 include a community garden, with funding from Duke’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood Community Care Fund. We are thrilled to be moving forward and to start working on this project involving urban agriculture, land stewardship, and local food. And we hope our gardens will also be art!

And finally, a GREAT big thank you to everyone who supported our end-of-the-year fund drive, and for all those who purchased bricks on our Yellow Brick Road. We love seeing all of our friends’ names as we walk into our building! And we loved hearing about people giving bricks as gifts for the holidays! What a great gift!

Happy 2016 to everyone and hope to see you soon, and throughout the year too!

Ann Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

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