Our Open House event on September 12 was more than we could have ever hoped for. We reconnected with so many lovely people, received so many new supporters, new volunteers and new connections that it is hard to not feel overwhelmed- in the best way possible!
The Open House began at 12PM with the art studio dressed as a retail space for community members to shop and get to know our artisans and their work. There were people waiting at the door! And the crowd just kept coming throughout the day!
So many people supported us through purchases, signing up as volunteers and speaking with us about future collaborations and other ideas. We were so thrilled to see so many neighborhood businesses, fixtures and supporters come through our door, excited to see us up and running. This bodes well for projects to come.
The evening ended fantastically, with full reception, a blessing by Rev. Gerald Kelly, C.M. and an outpour of love and donations. The best kind of tired comes after an event like that.
Now, to bottle this momentum and use it to produce something really special:
A welcoming, safe, positive space for women with refugee status who live, work and raise their families in Chicago to come together, create and celebrate eachother,
A unique and fair opportunity for our artisans to receive compensation for their products, share their skills and make income for their families,
A program that continues to improve, and continues to inspire, just as these women inspire us day after day,
A local community that fills to capacity with women who find fulfillment with their own artistic expression and agency in the act of making,
A beacon of love, art and friendship that lasts as many years as there are women who need it.
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