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PO Box 4664 4034 D W Van Giesen St. West Richland WA 99353 USA


Our Mission The mission of the White Bluffs Center is to promote and celebrate the art and craft of quilting and textile arts through educational opportunities for children and adults; to preserve the history of textile arts as uniquely American art forms; and to enhance the community by providing a welcoming place where people can share their knowledge and heritage through their love of quilting, weaving, spinning, basketry and textile arts.

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Pacific Northwest

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Rating: 5 stars  

On opening the door to White Bluffs Quilt Museum is to be transported to an aura of calm, welcoming "at home" feeling. This non-profit organization successfully blends their mission of preserving our unique American art form of quilting and fiber arts with teaching those skills to adults and to children. I've seen parents sign their children up for a sewing class and be so impressed that they come back asking for an adult class. Our childrens summer classes are very popular. Membership grows each and every year.
The leadership of the Board drives our success. We are an active part of the community by participating in local organization's events. And, as an example, a local grocer sponsors White Bluffs' annual "made before your eyes" Mother's Day pie sale.
White Bluffs is working with the local government in identifying a new site for an architecturaly designed building and grounds as a working museum demonstrating the plant to fiber to finished product sequence .

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

In the three years I've been a member White Bluffs has gone from meeting at a temporary site to renting a store front, to planning a permanent working and teaching museum complete with architectual drawings and working with the local government to find a building site. The Board leadership is active, enthusiastic, and willing to spend time attending meetings with various departments in pursuit of our goal.

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

Clone the Past President of the Board and the current President. They are tremendous leaders in maintaining enthusiasm and are always open to ideas.

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This is the most efficient non-profit I have ever worked with. At this time there are no paid staff and every penny raised is put to good use in the community, paying for educational programs, after school programs, adult classes and community service projects. Their Summer Children's Program is well known and all teachers volunteer their time. If a child cannot afford to pay, scholarships are available. White Bluffs is working closely with the City of West Richland to build a Textile Arts Center. In this small community, it would be a much needed asset and an economic stimulus. Check them out at www.whitebluffscenter.org

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

the faces of the children, excited about learning the life skills of sewing, weaving, knitting, basketry, spinning and quilting.

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

not change a thing -- I just wish I could donate all the funds needed to build their Center. They are working on Phase I now and need to raise 35K to make that happen. The entire building project is $736,000.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the excitement, the enthusiasm, the positive impact on the community. Training someone to sew, so that they can open an upholstery shop or make boat covers creates new businesses for the community. This really is the "right thing to do".

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open, helpful, generous with their time. A very diverse mixture, representing all aspects of the community, handicapped, young, seniors, teachers, and just dedicated individuals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build the Textile Arts Center of their dreams($736,000), the remainder of the funds would be put into a trust or endowment to ensure the life of the Center.

Ways to make it better...

I could clone myself -- so that I could volunteer more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy and the fact that most funding organizations are "on hold", necessitating a local Capital Campaign.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this Textile Center is the "right thing to do" - it's right for the community, for economic development and it's right for the quilters, artists, and children. It is COMMUNITY, and this is what we need in America, today.

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