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  

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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Saline Michigan, Two Twelve Arts Center

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

I would make more sure that everyone knows about it!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

growth as an artist

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

'nt

 
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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.

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

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.

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

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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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: 5 stars  

From Margie Bovee's dream of a nurturing place where artists could blossom, learn and shine to the highly respected fully-engaged community arts center it is today, the 212 Arts Center is our city's cornerstone for creativity. The spirit of support and development amoung the member artists allows for untethered growth, expression and participation and extends graciously into the community. The 212 generously shares its resources and frequently partners with area organizations such as the Saline District Library, the Saline Downtown Merchants Association, Saline Parks & Recreation and the Saline Area Schools to produce classes, demonstrations and events that expose our community to the joy of art. The quality of life in Saline has been greatly enhanced by the 212 Arts Center and its members.

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

At the end of my term as a City Council member, I was looking for a way to stay involved in the community. A kind friend invited me to have coffee and cake with a new group that was forming. Every Friday 8-12 women gathered to share cultural news, talk about how to affect positive change and awareness of the arts and how art improves our lives. I was forever changed by the warmth and encouragement of this now much larger group and have gone on to chair major public art events and committees.

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

Provide a larger space without losing its itimacy and spirit so that more people can experience all of the advantages that art in our lives provides.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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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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