Home > 3rd Friday > Message from Ann: February 2014

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who came out to our 8th Swap-O-Rama Rama, our giant community clothing swap that we love love love! It was an amazing experience – we swapped clothes, told stories, sewed and painted and hot iron pressed many a t-shirt, and met some of our neighbors at our new future home.

Many thanks to all who volunteered, played music (Jim Kellough and Ronnie Capps), donated clothing, swapped, and created new items from old. And a special shout-out to community member and longtime supporter Allyn Meredith who led the charge for the event! Thank you everyone,  we can’t wait ‘til next time!

And as usual things are popping around here — we welcome our new full-time Development Director Olivia Woodford who comes to us with over 20 years of experience! We are excited to have her on our team, and a very belated thank you to our past part-time Development Director Jessica Moore, who did a great job building a foundation for the position. The added resource will help us grow and help sustain our ever-increasing operations and services to the community.

And don’t forget, it is Third Friday this week!

In the Green Gallery we have an amazing show, The ABC’s of Reuse, an exhibit of learning-focused reuse art featuring mosaics by Jeannette Brossart along with works by other artists. This is the grand finale of a series of events including Smashfest and a series of community mosaic workshops, which were partially funded by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. We are truly grateful for their support, and hope everyone comes out to see the show.

And last but not least, we’ve set the dates for our second Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp — we’re holding it from May 13 to May 16, 2014. Check out the great video from last year’s event, and register  at scrapbootcamp2014.eventbrite.com/.

And while you’re online, check out Don’t Toss It, the reuse center that one of last year’s Boot Camp participants opened in Lambertville, New Jersey. We are excited to offer the program and do our part to create a world with a creative reuse center in every city.

All the best,

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

P.S. – Don’t forget to come out to Durham to celebrate MARDI GRAS on Tuesday, March 4.