Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse.
we feel so loved!
We are SO GRATEFUL to all of you for helping us raise money for our new van! Fifty-three (53!) donors contributed by check or online, and many more of you donated in the shop. Those extra dollars and cents in our donation jar or on your credit card truly matter to us.
We exceeded our $5,000 goal and achieved the full match from our anonymous angel donor. While we are still waiting to hear about an additional funding source, we expect to be able to purchase a “new-to-us” van by the end of March. If you missed the excitement, you can support our work any time with a check or online financial contribution.
Bar Crafts is TODAY! Sunday, March 1st from 6-9 pm. Wine. Crafts. Reuse! $5 gets you a project kit to work on while you enjoy all the pleasures the Allegheny Wine Mixer has to offer.
Open Studio Night is Thursday, March 12 from 6-8 pm. Creative Reuse Open Studio Night is a monthly after-hours gathering for creative minds 18+! Pay-what-you-can, potluck, and BYOB. The bulk section is free to use for projects you are making that night, as are the tools of the trade. You can bring a half-completed project to finish, or come empty handed and start something new. It's what you make of it (and we know you will make it awesome).
Not sure what you’d like to make at Open Studio this month? Check out the bounty of potential projects on our Idea Center page or on our Open Studio Ideas Pinterest board!
WE'RE DOUBLING OUR SALE ACTION THIS MONTH!
Volunteer Orientation will be on Sunday, March 22, 4:30-5:30pm. Learn all about how to become a Creative Reuse volunteer at this month's orientation. Fill out an application here to get the process started!
In March we are looking forward to making 3-D collages with a local Girl Scout troop, doing a Reuse-a-Palooza at Southmoreland Elementary School’s “Evening of the Arts”, book-binding at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and a having a little bit more hands-on fun at PAEYC’s Homewood Early Learning Block party!
Mrs. Ada Cyrus, Our Quilting QueenIf you've ever visited our shop on a , you may have met Mrs. Ada Cyrus, our longest-serving volunteer. If you haven't met her, you've certainly seen her handiwork in the brightly-colored quilt that adorns the wall in our fabric section. She has been volunteering with us almost since we first opened our doors, and last year she worked over 300 hours on sorting and measuring fabric.
Ada has served her community in many ways her entire life, and has received awards from several organizations for valiant volunteer service. In addition to her work with us, Ada also teaches free quilting classes at the Homewood/Brushton Salvation Army. She and her students were honored at last week's Black History Month Dinner, and displayed a spectacular quilt that Ada designed with historical patterns that were used by enslaved African American quilters. As of this week, there are still two available slots in Ada's beginner class. If you are interested in learning more about quilting classes, please call the Salvation Army at (412) 242-1434. We are so grateful to Ada for sharing her time and expertise with our community.
Our programs team started off by collaborating with the Society for Contemporary Craft on their Belt Buckles for Teachers workshop (take a peek at the photo here to see the loveliness that resulted for just one of the workshop’s participants).
Mid-month, we had a terrifically fun time making pillows with the delightful young ladies of Homewood’s Girl Power! group. Many of the girls were sewing for the first time and they all did a beautiful job. Check out the workshop photos here!
Program staffers finished off the month up in New Castle, PA where, as part of an after-school program organized by the Hoyt Center for the Arts, we challenged 200 students to design invention prototypes using reclaimed materials. It was a race against time, but they conquered the challenge!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for fun links, photos from our adventures, and our weekly shop highlights photo tour!
Keep warm, wonderful, and crafty.
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