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A note from Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President of the Board of Textile Center:

Do you know how our family fell in love with fiber? Through Textile Center, which is a great source of inspiration, and has a mission to honor textile traditions, promote innovation and excellence, and inspire widespread participation in fiber art.

Will you join me in supporting Textile Center by making a donation to our Annual Fund? Your contributions help us produce top quality fiber art education programs and exhibitions, as well as sustain a center where all can come together to make art, see art, and shop art.

My daughter Frances has become a skilled and passionate fiber artist, following in the footsteps of her grandmothers before her. She would like to share her story with you:

My introduction to fiber art, as for many of us, was through my grandmother Elaine. I used to sit next to her and thread needles for her while she hemmed. When I attended Summer Camp at Textile Center, I made my first item of actual clothing – vividly dyed pajama pants. Most other camps don’t offer the opportunity to create something “real” – and I felt empowered by being able to make something I could be proud of and even use.

With a nod to Frances, my mother Elaine, and all our mothers, I ask for your donation to this organization that has supported and cemented my family’s love of fiber art – as it has for countless others. We need to raise $65,000 by the end of the year to fund all of Textile Center’s activities.

Your generous gift to Textile Center will help us serve over 70,000 people this year and facilitate future generations falling in love with fiber. Your support is a critical part of our future!

 

• Your contribution of $100 fills the Ellen Erede Wells Dye Lab with supplies for students of all skill levels.

• Your donation of $180 supplies our Youth Fiber Art Guild sites in underserved neighborhoods with kits that help budding young artists to make their first textile creation.

• Your gift of $1,000 makes it possible to mount and present free of charge exquisite exhibitions created by fiber artists – such as Commemorating His Purple Rain: A Textural Tribute to Prince.

• Your donation of $2,500 enables us to bring nationally renowned teaching artists like Kenneth King, Alissa Allen and Pat Hickman – the best of the nation to Minnesota’s doorstep!

There are many easy ways to give, in addition to clicking above:

• Give appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares. This provides an immediate benefit to Textile Center and may be more tax efficient than giving cash.
• Make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. The IRA Charitable Rollover law allows individuals 70½ or older to give up to $100,000 from their IRA to qualified charities without paying federal income tax on the withdrawal.
• Ensure your contribution goes further by choosing to make your online gift “recurring” (below) and your credit card will be charged monthly.

 

Learn more about the Leadership Circle, a special category of donation, here.