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31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Art is where my heart is and the Cowan Slavin Foundation Corp supports the Two Twelve Arts Center in Saline Michigan. I truely found a home for my artist heart at Two Twelve. The center and it's many programs, classes, resources and especially the fabulous staff provide myself and many artists with the inspiration and support that allows us to keep on creating art. Experienced artist, hobbiest, child, youth or adult all are encouraged to find that creative part of themselves that feeds the artist in their soul.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The 212 Art Center is a wonderful community resource for area artists. I love the classes and know I can always find a fellow artist there to commune with. There is no other resource in the area with this kind of support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have taken a few classes at 212 Arts Center and have been very pleased with my progress as an art student. The staff is very helpful and committed to our community. 212 Arts Center is a big plus for Saline.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have recently taken several classes at 212 Art Center and have been very pleased with what I've learned and what I have done. The instructors and people there are very knowledgeable, talented, and helpful. 212 Art Center is very visible in the community and is seen as a resource and leader in the cultural life of the community.

We are blessed to have this incredible resource in our community. Thank you for your generous support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was fortunate to find 212 Arts in it's early stages. My kids at the time were 7 & 10. That was over 5 years ago!

212 Arts has been a great place for our family to grow.

Here are a just a few quick examples:

For my youngest daughter ... she attended a summer "Day at the Community Garden" sponsored by 212. She was encouraged to show her "beautiful animal drawing" to the local news reporter who stopped by .... 3 days later, she appeared in the Ann Arbor News. She is still proud of that opportunity. She felt empowered.

One of her favorite experiences was the "Animation Camp". She created stop-motion video under the direction of the most talented teacher - Meghan. After camp, we bought some clay and still we create videos at home.

212 Arts made her a stronger person.

My older daughter was born with a pencil and notebook in her hand. :) She has taken drawing classes at 212 arts but, has always been quite reserved about sharing her art. Keith, one of the teachers, recently reviewed many of her recent art works. He spent one-on-one time giving her honest feedback. Soon after that visit, Madison took a big step towards believing in her art.

212 Arts helped her believe in her unique self.

I have had many classes at 212. I have made mobiles, pottery, knitted, made jewelry, etc. But, two classes really standout.
One of my most favorite classes was with Meghan. (yes, that same amazing Meghan) We made our own silk-screen and silk-screened T shirts!!! I have never laughed so much in a class and ...... I loved my t shirt!!!
The other class that was a riot and hugely successful was the "Make PJ's" class. Each of us created PJ bottoms out of the coolest fabric. Great fun!!!

and we can't leave out Dad .... both my daughters attended a camp that ended with a play to celebrate dads! Sam will always remember the special tribute by both of the girls.

Finally ... this all began when we met Margie, the director. I specifically remember when the girls and I were just leaving after our first visit .... Sully turned to me and said .... "Wow, she made me feel 10 feet tall!"

Now that's cool.

212 Arts is so much more than an Art Center ... it is a real caring community. It has made Saline an Art City.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

212 Is AMAZING!!!!
I was introduced to 212 by a relative roughly three years ago and it is still making an impact on my life. In the past I have been involved in our town's Park & Rec, Adult Ed and various other programs which have been nice, but cannot compare to 212's programs and personel. One is captured by the energy, friendliness, warmth and overall positive attitude walking through the door. I thought to myself how can it get any better..... just wait it does!!! Over the years I have taken a good number of classes from tie dying to pottery making and I'm scheduled to take a fused glass class in mid March. I live an hour drive away from 212 and normally WOULD NOT make the drive for any class, but like I said 212 IS NOT YOUR NORMAL PROGRAM! The class size has never been too large and I have always received the personal attention I have needed in all the classes. 212 has a way of making you feel like family even if it's your first visit. It is because of this and the Wide variety of classes, the resonable fees, and the sense of confidence that is instilled by the instructors that I am willing to drive two hours round trip to be involved in 212's programs. Each season I look forward to receiving their brochure which is a feast for the eyes. I savor each page and try to decide what new class(es) to take or which one I want to repeat......they are that good! So thank you 212, because of you I am now more willing to try something outside my 'comfort zone'. Kimberly

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have taken several classes at 212 and they are nothing short of superb. In addition I have attended many art openings, purchased art and participated in 212 events. In short, 212 Arts Center is the core of culture in Saline. Many of the key artistic collaborations in the Saline area recently have eminated from the direction of 212. It has made such a significant and irreplaceable difference in the quality of life for so many citizens in our town! Everyone is included and invited to participate in as large or little a way as they wish and is appreciated enthusiastically for their efforts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As artists looking to get our work out to the public the Two Twelve Arts Center was wonderful enough to have our work in their show. They sold our products for us and were gracious enough to allow us their venue to showcase our work. This was our best show to date! Thank you the Cowan Slavin Foundation Corp. for supporting the Two Twelve Arts Center.

Branch Wood Works

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I (and my kids) have taken several classes at 212 over the past three years. They offer a wonderfully diverse range of classes and the environment is top notch. 212 is very welcoming to artists of all levels and interests and I've made several good friends here. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

212 has to be a very special, one of a kind fabulous endeavor to create community through art and play. Picasso said, It takes a long time to grow young. We know that at 212 and so our art is fun and it is so integrated into the community. Everyone benefits!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retired teacher who looked forward to art classes. I never dreamed I would find such support, opportunity, and just plain fun in the small town of Saline. We created Mouse Houses from cigar boxes with a children's book theme. They are scattered in businesses around town. A contest draws people into the stores to seek out the houses. Everyone wins and everyone has fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There were many talented artists in our community, but we never knew about each other. Two Twelve Arts Center has become a doorway and a haven for all of us to let our community see the treasures that were quietly existing in the area. Not only has this been beneficial to the artists to have a place to learn and support each other, but it has also been an enriching experience for our whole community. When you live in a small town, each thing that makes life richer for the people in turn makes our community a better place. Two Twelve Arts Center has caring, talented instructors to challange us artists, venues to highlight artists and has brought art to the forefront in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two twelve art center is a remarkable teaching facility. I have visited their gallery, taken a class, and helped teach a class. There are very few resources for the adult artist to learn at a reasonable cost, two twelve fills that void. It is a place of artistic encouragement, where exploration is encouraged.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two Twelve is not only "the place" for local artists to share, network, gather and learn, but it embraces the local art community with enthusiasm and passion. From the minute I walked into my first class, I was welcomed with encouragement, which pushed me as an artist to continue my love for the arts. I can honestly say that the giving spirit of Two Twelve changed my life by not only becoming a better artist, but more importantly, a better person.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The 212 Arts Center has filled a need in the community for a place for artists to gather, share ideas, and exhibit. I have enjoyed the art of many local artists who have had shows. Thanks to the staff, the atmosphere is welcoming and open to all art mediums and artisits.
I have had the pleasure of taking several classes also. They have been wonderful, with enthusiastic teachers and comfortable space. The foundation has made it possible for all to learn within the community with classes geared to many interests at affordable prices.
212 is a shining star for Saline and surrounding communities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom and I have enjoyed numerous classes at 212 Arts Center since it's opening. While participating we not only furthered our educational needs, but also developed a sense of comraderie with fellow students and 212 volunteers and staff. As my mom became less independent everyone went out of their way to make accessibilty a "#1" priority. We especially appreciate all their efforts and attention. In addition, 212 is conscious of financial constaints and offers senior discounts which greatly increased our ability to many more classes. Now, as we sit at home together, we have fond memories of our classes and friends at 212. One day I will return alone, but nothing can diminish the 212 memories I will always have of MOM and me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Since the opening of the Two Twelve Arts Center, I have participated in the artist gathering, as well as taking classes. The artist gathering forum once a week, is of great value to the support of the artist community in the Saline, Michigan geographic area. The psychological, emotional and exhibit support offered by this Two Twelve Arts Center launches many an artist into a full time career. This is a most supportive environment, and an economic boost to our area as well.
Linda Kortesoja Klenczar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've taken 3 classes at 212 and have attended the Friday Cakeeaters group. Everyone has been very supportive and welcoming. It is wonderful to enjoy such creativity in my own community! Over the years I've been involved in the Ann Arbor Community, but it is a great joy to see Saline grow in this special way.

Diane Friese

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