What's Happening
February 2020 Edition
From Our Executive Director, Mary Schmidt
ICYMI: February First Friday Fun!
Old Friends, New Friends, Good Times
We had a terrific "Wrapped in Love" Exhibition opening, with a great mix of people enjoying the happy vibes of our community. The Refugee Blanket will be on exhibit through March 4, so drop by! (With a hat tip to Hakim Bellamy for the kickin' it photo and #FirstFriday twitter post.)

We're planning a variety of beyond-the-usual fundraising initiatives. If you're interested in helping, drop me a line! I'd love to talk ideas about event sponsorship, revenue-sharing (Have an "OFFCenter day"), pop-up exhibition hosting; you name it, let's talk it. We welcome partnerships that help us all!  

As always, we need volunteers to help with events, programs, and administration. We offer many great opportunities for you to work with other creative people and have fun while making a difference. (And, yes, we're having our popular Little Houses event;  more details soon.  Finanical sponsorships start at $500.)

Recent conversation at the Hispano Chamber gala:
"How can I help?" 
Me: "Money."
We laughed at my cheerful bluntness ("You're doing your job!"), but, really, a big part of my job is asking people for support. I hope you'll pitch in as you're able. (And, starting this month, I'll give you at least one other idea how you can help; this month it's coffee donations! More about that later in this eletter.)
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News & Announcements
Free Workshop: "Visual Art with Words"  
Saturday, February 22, 12:30 to 2:30 pm  

J oin artist Philip Hughes-Luing for a collage workshop blending visual and literary arts. You can bring your own text, written or printed, to be used in a collage. Any words will do. If they're your own words, in your own handwriting, all the be tter!
Starting Now!  
Gallery Artists Receive 85% of Sales
A key part of our mission is helping artists actually make a living with art, so we've changed our commission policy. Artists will now receive 85% of all sales, up from 80%. If you're interested in showing in our gallery, let Susan Brown, our studio manager know. (505) 247-1172. Note that we have a waiting list. 
How You Can Help: How Much Do You Spend on Coffee?   
$9.99 a month?   
We provide coffee to our community and welcome donations! If you're a Costco member, you could add a three pound can of Kirkland Colombian coffee to your shopping ($9.99)...and have a cup with us when dropping off the donation. Free refills. ;-)  
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events 
"Paint 1000 Words "
Friday March 6, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
We'll be featuring art focused on the written word and there'll be a reading by  our weekly writers' group.  Our gallery and thrift store will also be open.
Artwork (any media) due February 28. (You can create art for this show at our Saturday, February 26 workshop.)
March 25-29, 2020 IndigiPopX

We'll be at IndigiPopX, and event offering something for everyone in the family. We're in the final planning stage. Details coming soon.  

Our collaboration began when folks started talking about getting all  Indigenous pop-culture groups together to celebrate and validate everyone's work.  Native Realities Publishing made it happen and the rest is (or will be) history.  Read More here.
And...Every First Friday!  
Something Different at OFFCenter

Make First Fridays with us your new habit. Lots going on all up and down downtown! We also have free parking, so you can make OC your base for the night. We'll be open from 5:30 to 8:00 pm every Friday.

Our program manager, Helen, has a great schedule of activities planned for every First Friday this year, including art-making. (We made felt hearts in February.) Last but not least, there'll be mini-fests and outdoor events when the weather is warmer. We hope you'll join us for any or all! 
Our full calendar of workshops and events is always available online.  Workshops and events are also announced on Facebook.
Every Contribution Makes a Difference.
There's No Such Thing as a Donation That's Too Small.
OFFCenter Community Arts Project is a 501(c)3 organization.
Your contributions are tax deductible as according to law.

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