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7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Barbara Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Mary R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar