Message from Ann: January/February 2017

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! And a great big thank you to YOU for helping us end 2016 with a BANG!

We were over the moon about our Scrapiversary party in December, celebrating our 25th anniversary as an organization and opening the Time Capsule buried 50 years ago. The event was AMAZING, jam packed with people, cakes, families, history, ceremony, puppets, music and memories! It was a thrill to honor our predecessors and cultural history of the Center Theatre and Lakewood Shopping Center.

If you missed it, the contents of the time capsule — along with the wonderful show, “Unpacking the Past, Present and Future,” curated by Julia Gartrell and Katy Clune — are on display in the Cameron gallery through February 11.

This week is Third Friday, so you can come out on Friday, January 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. to check out the show along with our usual Third Friday festivities — free art-making in our Make-N-Take room, snacks, and drinks.

Also for Third Friday, Cathy Kielar and Music Explorium will be hosting a community drum circle beginning at 7 p.m. Do you have some frustration with the world you’d like to express, or some post-holiday energy to work through on January 20, 2017? Come on over and get it out!

We’re looking forward to 2017 despite its many unknowns. This year more than ever it’s important to us to subvert the paradigm — and we’ll be digging into our mission like never before.

One of the big items on our list is to open a retail thrift store in the shopping center across the way. (Huge props to our friends at Cascade Alliance for empowering us take this on!) Timing is still to be determined, but we’re aiming for late spring. For those of you who loved Pop-up Thrift, we hope you’ll love the every-day version just as much. (And there may be time for one last Pop-up Thrift before we open the store … stay tuned for details.)

As a preview to the thrift store, we’re ramping up our clothing processing and putting some of the good stuff out in our current store. It’s in the north east corner of the store, behind the book and media section, in what our store folks have dubbed the “polar bear cove” — look for the mama polar bear peering down on to the store floor and head in that direction.

Our plan as of now is to move most of the retail operations to the thrift store while continuing to operate our creative arts programming from our current building and deepening our arts center vibe — with all the bells and whistles of a full-scale makerspace including design center, studio spaces for artists and teachers, woodshop, welding studio, and more. We’re in talks with potential partners including Splat Space, woodturner groups and others to come together and be creative.

When we were in Somerville, Massachusetts for the Reuse Alliance conference in October we took a tour of Artisan’s Asylum and we were truly inspired by that facility. We hope to create something similar in our space, while building on the collaborative culture of The Scrap Exchange.

We are excited to continue to leverage our resources into community assets and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Meanwhile, we’re actively working to revamp our class offerings — we have a new list of classes, many of which sold out immediately, but we’re working hard to bring in new teachers and get more classes set up. You can reserve a spot online through Eventbrite, or see a description of the current classes on the Classes page of our website.

We’re also continuing with open studio time in our design center and our Make-N-Take room ($5 per hour-and-a-half of studio time) along with free programming including 2nd and 4th Sunday community sewing, a monthly papercrafting/altered book meetup on the 3rd Sunday of the month, and our monthly Scrappy Crafternoon meetup for collaborative crafting, also on the 3rd Sunday.

And of course we’re still available for birthday parties, art parties, affordable room rental, teambuilding workshops, professional development workshops for teachers and others interested in incorporating reused and reusable materials in their classrooms, and so much more. Check out the programs page of our website for complete details.

Hope to see you here!

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P.S. ~ Please help us welcome two new staff members! Diana Shark, the long-awaited replacement to marketing coordinator Ruth Warren, and Anna Graves, who is working to coordinate our classes and other onsite programs. We’re so glad to have them with us! We also wish a fond farewell to gallery coordinator and offsite outreach coordinator Chellie LaPointe, who is getting back to the classroom. We wish the best for her.

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