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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

My family was fortunate to find 212 Arts in it's early stages. My kids at the time were 7 & 10. That was over 5 years ago!

212 Arts has been a great place for our family to grow.

Here are a just a few quick examples:

For my youngest daughter ... she attended a
summer "Day at the Community Garden" sponsored by 212. She was encouraged to show her "beautiful animal drawing" to the local news reporter who stopped by .... 3 days later, she appeared in the Ann Arbor News. She is still proud of that opportunity. She felt empowered.

One of her favorite experiences was the "Animation Camp". She created stop-motion video under the direction of the most talented teacher - Meghan. After camp, we bought some clay and still we create videos at home.

212 Arts made her a stronger person.

My older daughter was born with a pencil and notebook in her hand. :) She has taken drawing classes at 212 arts but, has always been quite reserved about sharing her art. Keith, one of the teachers, recently reviewed many of her recent art works. He spent one-on-one time giving her honest feedback. Soon after that visit, Madison took a big step towards believing in her art.

212 Arts helped her believe in her unique self.

I have had many classes at 212. I have made mobiles, pottery, knitted, made jewelry, etc. But, two classes really standout.
One of my most favorite classes was with Meghan. (yes, that same amazing Meghan) We made our own silk-screen and silk-screened T shirts!!! I have never laughed so much in a class and ...... I loved my t shirt!!!
The other class that was a riot and hugely successful was the "Make PJ's" class. Each of us created PJ bottoms out of the coolest fabric. Great fun!!!

and we can't leave out Dad .... both my daughters attended a camp that ended with a play to celebrate dads! Sam will always remember the special tribute by both of the girls.

Finally ... this all began when we met Margie, the director. I specifically remember when the girls and I were just leaving after our first visit .... Sully turned to me and said .... "Wow, she made me feel 10 feet tall!"

Now that's cool.

212 Arts is so much more than an Art Center ... it is a real caring community. It has made Saline an Art City.

The Great!

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

building the appreciation of local artists and the artist inside of me!!!

Ways to make it better...

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

give them space to expand even more. Even though they just moved to a "roomier" place ... it would be cool to have a digital art classroom. :) But, mostly I would want to keep the amazing, supportive, group at 212.

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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

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Two Twelve Art Center is wonderful! I found it when I was wasn't even looking and since then I was hooked! The programs they offer cover a wide range, there is always something great going on. The people are really wonderful and very welcoming. It is really a great community place. I would recommend it to anyone.

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

Saline Michigan, Two Twelve Arts Center

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make more sure that everyone knows about it!

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

212 Is AMAZING!!!!
I was introduced to 212 by a relative roughly three years ago and it is still making an impact on my life. In the past I have been involved in our town's Park & Rec, Adult Ed and various other programs which have been nice, but cannot compare to 212's programs and
personel. One is captured by the energy, friendliness, warmth and overall positive attitude walking through the door. I thought to myself how can it get any better..... just wait it does!!! Over the years I have taken a good number of classes from tie dying to pottery making and I'm scheduled to take a fused glass class in mid March. I live an hour drive away from 212 and normally WOULD NOT make the drive for any class, but like I said 212 IS NOT YOUR NORMAL PROGRAM! The class size has never been too large and I have always received the personal attention I have needed in all the classes. 212 has a way of making you feel like family even if it's your first visit. It is because of this and the Wide variety of classes, the resonable fees, and the sense of confidence that is instilled by the instructors that I am willing to drive two hours round trip to be involved in 212's programs. Each season I look forward to receiving their brochure which is a feast for the eyes. I savor each page and try to decide what new class(es) to take or which one I want to repeat......they are that good! So thank you 212, because of you I am now more willing to try something outside my 'comfort zone'. Kimberly

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

My creative life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have it located closer to my residence!

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I lived in Saline for 2 years before I realized there were other artists in this town. What Two Twelve has done is network me with many artists
in my community! They were here, we just didn't have a institution to bring us all together!
Two Twelve is now reaching out beyond the artist
community to include other institutions like our library and the cities after school child care program!

The Great!

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

growth as an artist

Ways to make it better...

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

'nt

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I have taken several classes at 212 and they are nothing short of superb. In addition I have attended many art openings, purchased art and participated in 212 events. In short, 212 Arts Center is the core of culture in Saline. Many of the key artistic collaborations in the Saline area recently have eminated from the direction of 212. It has made such a significant and irreplaceable difference in the quality of life for so many citizens in our town! Everyone is included and invited to participate in as large or little a way as they wish and is appreciated enthusiastically for their efforts.

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

As a small business engaged in the arts I have seen first hand the effects of 212's presence has made on our community. They are a "go to" organization. Everyone goes to them first with an idea that is creative and needs someone to take it on and get it done. And knows that it will not only be done well but effectively.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone it.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

My experience with the Two Twelve Arts Center has been nothing short of wonderful. It is a beacon for artists, collectors of art and students of art.
This facility provides a place where people can meet to learn about art, buy art and be inspired by art. Students of all ages can take classes in
clay, painting, fiber arts, glass and many more mediums. The staff, instructors and volunteers provide a professional and friendly atmosphere that is inviting and welcoming. Two Twelve Arts Center has definitely filled a void for the Saline Community and we are very fortunate to have the Center in our area.

The Great!

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

Many positive experiences at 212.

Ways to make it better...

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

I'm not sure I would make any changes.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

As artists looking to get our work out to the public the Two Twelve Arts Center was wonderful enough to have our work in their show. They sold our products for us and were gracious enough to allow us their venue to showcase our work. This was our best show to date! Thank you the Cowan Slavin Foundation Corp. for supporting the Two Twelve Arts Center.

Branch Wood Works

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

Meeting Margee and David was a life changing experience and we look for many years of growing our friendship.

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing it is great.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I (and my kids) have taken several classes at 212 over the past three years. They offer a wonderfully diverse range of classes and the environment is top notch. 212 is very welcoming to artists of all levels and interests and I've made several good friends here. Thank you!

The Great!

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

The classes I have taken have built my artistic skills and confidence. Everyone who takes classes at 212 experiences personal growth!

Ways to make it better...

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

like to see them continue to expand their physical space and class offerings.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I'm from out of town, and have visited 212 Arts many times over the years. The sheer number and breadth of classes it offers rivals much older, larger academies in cities of a million or more. It has become the cozy nucleus of an amazingly diverse and talented local arts community. Truly a cultural jewel that makes Saline special.

The Great!

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

My mom took several classes here and also taught a class. This inspired her to many further explorations and creations off-site.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way for 212 Arts to own its building outright.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

Aside from the richness of the artwork, the real beauty of the Two Twelve Arts Center is the wonderful blend of talent that it continues to attract, even those of the "would be" and "wannabe" variety. From its inception, the Two Twelve Arts Center has been a creative enclave for artists all across the area, offering them a safe and nurturing haven where they can showcase their talents in various forms of media. Just as importantly, it has become a model nonprofit citizen, attracting top-notch talent to its environs while helping develop local interest and appreciation for the arts and the cultural community.

The Great!

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

my continued interest in and support of this community gem.

Ways to make it better...

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

hope that it would serve as a model for other small-town art centers in the years to come.

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