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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.

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

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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.

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my continued interest in and support of this community gem.

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

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

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.

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I participated in classes at the Cowan Slavin foundation.

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No need to change a thing!

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

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!

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Seeing the activities my family has been involved in.

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February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

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.

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

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I don't know.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

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.

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

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

I love having the 212 Center in Saline. They offer so many classes and keep the arts alive in our community for all ages. Thanks to all who make this center a reality. Live, create, grow...

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In our community---in our schools---multi-generational

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Offer even more classes!

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

As a nurse who specializes in community based holistic health care, I have been overjoyed with what 212 has accomplished. At first I taught a couple classes at 212 that blended art and holistic healing together, but mostly I find myself attending cake eaters to enjoy watching the progress the group is making. Truly effective community groups get together to make a difference in the community (which 212 does) but also to foster community relationships and personal growth opportunities. While attending cake eaters, I have watched people not only discover unknown and previously untapped artistic talent, but develop that talent to a professional level through the classes and encouragement of the staff and instructors at 212. The work that 212 does makes a difference in the community and the people who teach and the people who attend classes. The 212 art center is the heart beat of Saline.

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I have learned to develop my own artistic talent and have helped provide group activities and classes at the center,

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Give is a larger location that included a space for gardens and outdoor meeting places.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I've enjoyed several shows at the Two Twelve Arts Center (Cowan Slavin Foundation).

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Increasing art enjoyment

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February 25, 2012

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February 17, 2011

Two Twelve Arts Center has given me confidence in my artistic abilities that I would never have gotten anywhere else. The classes I have taken not only educated me in art forms and techniques but als... more

February 25, 2012

I have become a more confident person through my classes at the 212 Arts Center. I also have a wonderful Arts Center family that are encouraging, loving, helpful, and empowering. I really don't know what I would have done without this wonderfully, artistic and spiritual place.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 17, 2011

Two Twelve Arts Center has given me confidence in my artistic abilities that I would never have gotten anywhere else. The classes I have taken not only educated me in art forms and techniques but also inspired me to go out side of my comfort zone, knowing I would have the love and support of all who grace the walls. I don't know what I would do without 212 in my life.

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the artists that I have met and become good friends with. We support each other in all aspects of our lives, not just in art. We are a family at 212.

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I would love to see more arts centers of this kind in every city, town and village.

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