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  

The Cowan Slavin Foundation/212 Arts Center is truly a jewel in a Midwestern city. Margie Bovee created an art center that supports local artists and the youth of the community. The summer programs provide a safe and creative choice for young people and their parents. Adults have a variety of choices to find their creative outlet through painting, pottery, fibers, wood and so much more. I participated in a class that brought together fibers and silk. My instructor was amazing and I thought to myself where did Margie find this woman! Once I completed my scarf I sent it to a relative, as a gift, in Boston as I knew she would enjoy the combinations of textures. My relative was thrilled, and as a Massachusetts Art student she loved the artistry.

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

I participated in classes at the Cowan Slavin foundation.

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

No need to change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think of Two Twelve Arts Center as home away from home! I love teaching workshops hosted by 212! They truly care about their community and serve as a beacon of light in Saline and the surrounding areas! I'm lucky I walked in when the charming Center caught my eye! Margie, Cindy and Gaines are special!

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

I've personally seen how they give to the creative community.

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

None!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Words really can't express what the Two Twelve has meant for myself and others. Margie Bovee welcomed me with open arms when I wandered in one day unaware that it was 'after hours'. She kindly gave me the grand tour and invited me to come join the 'Cake Eaters' that Friday. A newbie to the community, I met so many artists and made friendships. I became involved in the community. The 212 hosted my first 'two women show'. They gave me the opportunity to share my knowledge through teaching. My life has blossomed with joy, creativity and sharing. The Two Twelve is a loving, supportive community for all!

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The more I share with my students, the more I personally grow as an artist, and person. I am more confident and social. I am part of the community.

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

larger class space would be wonderful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two Twelve Arts Center is a place of learning and of joy! it is a place to share ideas, skills, materials, laughter, and friendship. Two Twelve Arts Center continually finds new and exciting ways to share art with our community. I have blossomed at Two Twelve over the past four years and I believe that Saline has blossomed as well due to the outreach and offerings at Two Twelve Arts Center.

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I have been challenged to develop new skills in the area of weaving so that I can share this skill with others. I have been encouraged by the staff and other volunteers at Two Twelve Arts Center to try new areas of art. I have made many new friends and I have enjoyed reaching out to the Saline community through the various opportunities Two Twelve presents.

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There is nothing that I would change. I am ever amazed at the commitment and creativity coming from the staff and volunteers at Two Twelve Arts Center.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a pastel artist and live in the community. I have taken classes at Two Twelve Arts Center and was honored to have the opportunity to have a one man show of 45 pastel paintings which were completed during the time I have been associated with the arts center. This organization provided me with the opportunity to show my work to the public. In addition, the provided press releases and print advertising and a beautiful reception. This was all done at considerable expense to the Arts Center. I can not thank them enough for the support and confidence they have in me. The director, Margie Bovee, has been a wonderful mentor and supporter of the arts in our community.

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I have become a volunteer and work at various events they sponsor throughout the year in our community as a way to give back to the art center.

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

Increase studio size for drawing and painting classes.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Personally I am not an artist, but my wife has become involved through volunteering, their challenges, and art sales; I love the fact that we have a local art center where she can further express her creativity.  In addition, my children have enjoyed their fairy door hunt and spent most of the day at their Family Fun Day open house.  The fact that we have such a vibrant art center in our town that's so community oriented is wonderful!

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

Seeing the activities my family has been involved in.

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two Twelve Arts Center is not only a place to learn wonderful skills but is a spiratual place. Everyone is so supportive, not only of your art but is like a family. They have been a life line in some really tough times. The friendships that have happened because of their presence in our little town are really, really special. Because of ideas that came from the center, the whole town has become involved in art...a fairy door hunt last Feb. in local shops, windsocks hanging all over town in conjunction with the library, rec center, and thedowntown association, and currently a 'mouse house' hunt in downtown stores, and Art on the Go summer program for children in selected places in town. The Artist's receptions every month showcases some of the best artists in our area. It has grown to just a small group meeting over the kitchen table five years ago into a huge presence in Saline. I don't know where else there would be an opportunity to hook up with so many fellow artists. It's an amazing place!

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

being able to develope my skills in painting, fiber arts, &pottery and I have met the most amazing people

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

do nothing!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I know of the 212 Arts Center in Saline through my daughter-in law who has taken classes and participated in showing and selling her work. I helped her at one of their craft shows and talked with some interesting artists. This is a great place to connect with other artists for support, fun and sharing.

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

watching my daughter-in-law creating various arts and crafts with the idea of perhaps turning her arts into a business.

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

I don't know.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This place has motivated myself to be involved in my community more. My first solo show was at Two Twelve Art Center and it was a fantastic opportunity to begin my artist resume at a welcoming and exciting venue.

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

my communtiy and my artwork

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

change nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have enjoyed many 212 monthly art displays and their commitment to the community. They really know how to build up the art community as well.

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It's affect on my artist wife has been super. I suspect if we ever move to a retirement center it will be close to 212.

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

They are so good at listening to those they serve, that I would not presume to give advice.

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