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Donate Local: Women Centered Art Co-Op

Sign_and_binRecently I found out about a local organization in Charlotte that promotes a community for women artists. (Thanks for the info mom!) Being a designer myself, I was very interested! The organization is called Women Centered Art. The organization is new (just founded in 2010), but from what I've read, they have a passion for their purpose and a mission to grow the connections between women creatives. I'm looking forward to attending an event soon, learning more and hopefully getting involved.

As I looked through their website, I came across their wish list, which listed items of need for the organization. When I saw art supplies on the list – I knew that was going to be my first order of business – cleaning out my baskets and bins of old art supplies at home to donate. 

When I pulled out all of my old supplies at home, I hit the jackpot! I had a little bit of everything: spray mount, stickers, paper, paint, pens, tape, bookbinding supplies and more. Most of the items were things that I thought I would use at some point, but I had not used ANY of it since we moved to Charlotte a year and a half ago. I figured that if I hadn't used it yet, I wasn't going to use it. I also figured that since it was for a good cause, what better reason to gain some storage space by purging all of my old supplies? I like the slogan of Goodwill: Don't Dump. Donate!

Since I work with a team of graphic designers and we are right next to the industrial design department, I spread the word here at our office. I put a clear tote outside my cube wall for anyone to drop in their old supplies. I'm hoping to get at least one full bin – if not more!

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In an interview, Brooke, one of the co-founders of Women Centered Art, talked about the inspiration for the organization: 

"Honestly, WCAC evolved from a place of evaluating whether or not to make this city my home after living between Charlotte and NYC for the past three years. For me, this is about a commitment to building what you want for your life, rather than leaving town for a city with more to offer. Shane and I have had many long talks about the fact that, as women, we “want it all”- great careers, chances to exhibit our work, inspiring workshops to attend, and a supportive community of friends and family to share it all with at the end of the day. It goes beyond the idea of becoming a professional artist, into the realm of living an art-full life…How can we stay inspired in the day to day grind? How do we reconnect with our natural, inherent creativity? Those questions intrigue me and I plan to continue that work through WCAC."

(Does that make you want to learn more or what? Count me in!!)

About Megan G

I'm a easy-going, hard-working, sport-loving gal from Michigan who is proud of her midwestern roots. Graphic designer by trade and a sports fanatic by heart. My friends tell me, "Meg, you need to slow down!" but usually I don't listen :) Some of my favorite things include traveling, playing and coaching volleyball, going to sporting events, going to the beach, finding new ways to be creative, seeing new places, and helping people and the environment.

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2 Responses to Donate Local: Women Centered Art Co-Op

  1. Megan G June 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Absolutely! We had a bunch of people from our creative department donate their art supplies they no longer use, so we are getting a bin full. It’s great! Everyone commented on how they couldn’t believe that they still were holding on to some of the things they hadn’t used in so long. I’m excited to meet the women who started the organization and hopefully attend an event this summer. Happy donating!

  2. Molly June 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    Good luck with your art supplies drive! I hope you are able to collect lots of goodies :) Sounds like a great organization. I love Goodwill’s slogan too. Something we should all remember and practice on a regular basis!

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