COWAN SLAVIN FOUNDATION CORP

Rating: 4.97 stars   67 reviews

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Location: Framingham MA USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have become a more confident person through my classes at the 212 Arts Center. I also have a wonderful Arts Center family that are encouraging, loving, helpful, and empowering. I really don't know what I would have done without this wonderfully, artistic and spiritual place.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two Twelve Arts Center has given me confidence in my artistic abilities that I would never have gotten anywhere else. The classes I have taken not only educated me in art forms and techniques but also inspired me to go out side of my comfort zone, knowing I would have the love and support of all who grace the walls. I don't know what I would do without 212 in my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the artists that I have met and become good friends with. We support each other in all aspects of our lives, not just in art. We are a family at 212.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see more arts centers of this kind in every city, town and village.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Art is where my heart is and the Cowan Slavin Foundation Corp supports the Two Twelve Arts Center in Saline Michigan. I truely found a home for my artist heart at Two Twelve. The center and it's many programs, classes, resources and especially the fabulous staff provide myself and many artists with the inspiration and support that allows us to keep on creating art. Experienced artist, hobbiest, child, youth or adult all are encouraged to find that creative part of themselves that feeds the artist in their soul.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The 212 Art Center is a wonderful community resource for area artists. I love the classes and know I can always find a fellow artist there to commune with. There is no other resource in the area with this kind of support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching classes, taking classes and regular monthly meetings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Love to see it continue to grow . I think a larger building where more classes and studios could be offered. Maybe a gallery and shop could be added.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Cowen Slavin Foundation and Two Twelve arts have been a valuable asset to the community of Saline for the last 5 years. They have supported and nourished the artists in the area and made the arts accessible to all with classes, art shows and community wide events. What a great non-profit!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two Twelve Arts Center is a wonderful, supportive environment for all kinds of creativity and all kinds of artists! With the many great classes and activities offered throughout the year, the lucky citizens of Saline and surrounding areas can make, learn and create to their hearts content!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a teacher, a student and an artist, I've experienced the support and creativity of the many people who work and learn at TwoTwelve!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have many more people join in the fun!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Cowan Slavin Foundation has supported 212 Arts Center and the artists and budding artists of the Saline community in ways that have helped them all become better. Not just better artists, but better at taking their art and the learning of art seriously - better at supporting one another and weaving together a close community of art enthusiasts that simultaneously welcomes more artists and art enthusiasts into that community. That balance of tight-knit and welcoming is indeed a rare thing to find. Artists of all ages interact with one another. Older artists find their eyes opening to new things, younger artists find that, too, but all ages start to look at one another as colleagues and valuable teachers. The artists at 212 Arts Center have all come to take their "games" more seriously, learning how to present their "products", how to merchandise, how to tell their stories. The Cowan Slavin Foundation has built a wonderful community in the 212 Arts Center.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The 212 Arts Center has played such an important role in developing art and artists in the Saline Community. Artists gather there for the Friday morning Cake Eaters group and exchange ideas and opportunities, helping one another push their art to new levels, expanding their range in both materials and ideas helping one another get serious about exhibiting and selling their work. Many of the students are older women who've made things with their hands for years, or maybe even had an art degree, but are only now coming back to enjoying their creativity. 212 Arts Center has been pivotal for these people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The classes I've taken have broadened my use of media and the exchange of ideas at the C enter have helped me think of my work in larger business terms. I've also had classes with my daughter and she now sells her work at a local gallery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Purchase a larger space for the center so the classrooms could be slightly bigger and there would be a dedicated sales area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

212 Art Center has made art easily accessible in a small community. Whether taking a class, seeing an exhibition of work, or purchasing member work at the Holiday Sale there is no need to travel outside the area.The support they give independant artists on Friday's with the Cake Eaters sessions is extraordiinary, "making" the solitary creators commune with other artists and challenge them for projects often outside of their "comfort zone". Although only a part-time artist, this keeps my mind working.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The enthusiasm at 212 spurs me on to keep creating and makes me know how important it is to support artists by volunteering to organize and promote art shows.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give them more space fo accomplish their mission and would get them professional consultatons on publicity and promotion so that they can do a better job "telling their story" to get the publicity they deserve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have taken a few classes at 212 Arts Center and have been very pleased with my progress as an art student. The staff is very helpful and committed to our community. 212 Arts Center is a big plus for Saline.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watercolor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Cannot think of one thing I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have recently taken several classes at 212 Art Center and have been very pleased with what I've learned and what I have done. The instructors and people there are very knowledgeable, talented, and helpful. 212 Art Center is very visible in the community and is seen as a resource and leader in the cultural life of the community.

We are blessed to have this incredible resource in our community. Thank you for your generous support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the drawing class I have learned concepts that will be valuable to me when I paint my watercolor paintings too. I plan to continue the drawing classes to improve my drawing and composition skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. I like the new building and I find find the people there to be very approachable and inclusive.

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Rating: 5 stars  

212 Art Center has supported me in my growth as an artist. I have learned much in the classes I have taken there. I am new to the Saline community and have felt welcomed by 212 both artistically and personally.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my growth as an artist.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered Two Twelve Art Center during my first year of retirement. The most impressive aspect of the Art Center is its ability to reach out into the community and make it a better place to live. Summer Camps for children, Family Fun Day, Creating attractive windsocks to beautify the city landscape, Promote a contest to increase traffic in downtown stores during the slow month of February were all the results of creative minds of persons who attend the Friday business meetings and the staff of Two Twelve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have participated in challenges, sewn windsocks for Make a Splash! Volunteered at many community events which Two Twelve has participated in.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would want more persons to experience the joy of creating art.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two Twelve has been a light in Saline. It is invaluable in connecting people to others with talent, creativity, vision, ingenuity and countless other gifts that drive a community. The arts center has filled a hole of need and is constantly growing, expanding it's reach. Margie Bovee is a gem.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the people who have become involved in the center and all it offers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The building that the center has recently moved to are the changes that were needed. It houses the group in a more functional way than the previous address did. It is humble, yet still serves the needs.

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