COWAN SLAVIN FOUNDATION CORP

Rating: 4.97 stars   67 reviews

Issues:

Location: Framingham MA USA

Mission:
Write a Review

More Info

EIN 04-6130077
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

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

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.

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

Many positive experiences at 212.

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

I'm not sure I would make any changes.

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
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!

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
profile
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!

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

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.

Was this review helpful? 
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

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
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.

Was this review helpful? 
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.

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

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.

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
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.

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Two Twelve Arts Center is truly an organization that makes the community, and all who come to know it, a better place. The people who run the center couldn't be more talented or more friendly. They make art approachable at every level. They are so very supportive of artists in the community, as well as those wanting to learn and grow as artists. I am so proud to be associated with them on every level and look forward to attending more classes, teaching classes in the future, and volunteering and growing with them. I came to Michigan from New York not knowing many people here, with an interest in the arts, a hope to find friends in a place where I'd feel at home. Two Twelve Arts is that and more.

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

classes I have taken, and art auctions they have held to raise funds for the hungry. They have helped so many artists develop their craft and have brought such great things positivity and artistic growth to the community.

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

have some more classes on the weekend, so I could attend and learn even more! But I know that is likely a function of resources. :-)

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It is made up of the most supportive and encouraging individuals I have ever met.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar