October 2021

Dear friends of Textile Center,

Nora Rickey teaches “Embroidered Patches” using technology to facilitate social distancing in Textile Center’s classroom.

Resilience. It’s an idea many of us have contemplated in the last year and a half of remarkable ups and downs. In my capacity as Textile Center Board President, I’m pleased to report resilience has grown from an abstract idea into an actionable plan that the Textile Center has embraced and implemented thanks in no small part to you, our generous supporters.

Since our re-opening in July 2020, we’ve adapted our operations to present them as safely as possible during an ongoing global health crisis. We’ve returned to in-person learning and exhibitions with a vaccine mandate in place, and enhanced HVAC. We’ve adapted and refined and our online offerings, enabling us to connect with a much broader, global fiber art community. If you haven’t already, please visit us the rest of our website to see the robust opportunities for fiber artists and fiber art appreciators, in Minnesota and beyond, to engage with Textile Center.

We at Textile Center consider it an honor to foster and serve a community of like-minded individuals who help us fulfill our mission, to “honor textile traditions, promote excellence and innovation, and inspire widespread participation in fiber art.” We know fiber art is ubiquitous; we wear and use textiles in our homes. We celebrate it as fine art. And we know fiber art reminds us that, across generations and cultures, there is more that unifies us than separates us.

Your tax-deductible financial contributions, as well as the support you provide whether it is as a volunteer, an artist, an advocate (or all the above!), ensure that we have the resources we need to keep our community engaged creatively, promoting wellbeing through fiber art.

Will you join me in making an Annual Fund gift?

Textile Center has set a Fall Annual Fund Appeal goal of $150,000 by December 31, 2021.

$5,000 supports Textile Center exhibitions (which are free and open to the public), as well as all the planning and preparation that goes into creating our expansive offering of education and outreach programs, including the new array of classes, exhibitions, and Art Speaks conversations we are now presenting online.

$2,500 helps Textile Center offer free and reduced tuition for youth and adults who cannot afford to pay full tuition to our classes or to buy Textile Center memberships. We don’t want cost to be a barrier for anyone who desires to participate in our fiber art programming.

$1,000 ensures that we can keep our Textile Center Library stocked with the newest books in the field, and to ensure that we make these publications available for you to check out in person or through curbside pickup.

$500 supports the maintenance of our website (textilecentermn.org) and social media … all-the-more vital resources to keep us connected during this pandemic.

And … a gift of any amount that is meaningful to you serves as a powerful endorsement of Textile Center’s mission.

Here are four ways to invest in Textile Center:

  • Donate online below.
  • Make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. The IRA Charitable Rollover law allows those 70½ and older to give up to $100,000 without paying federal income tax upon withdrawal.
  • Give appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares (which may be more tax efficient than cash). Details are on the page below. Your broker is welcome to contact our Finance Director Jayne Usery at jusery@textilecentermn.org.
  • Ensure your contribution goes further by choosing to make your online gift “sustaining,” with a scheduled reoccurring donation directly from your bank account or credit card below.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and Staff, who all work tirelessly to support your passion for fiber art and the community it creates, I offer our thanks for your generosity.

With gratitude,

Maggie Dayton
President, Board of Directors

P.S. Textile Center is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.

DONATE HERE:

Textile Center makes it easy to give in a variety of ways:

  • Give appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares (which may be more tax efficient than cash) .
  • Make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. The IRA Charitable Rollover law allows those 70½ and older to give up to $100,000 without paying federal income tax upon withdrawal.
  • Ensure your contribution goes further by choosing to make your online gift “sustaining,” and your credit card will be charged monthly.
  • Join our Leadership Circle, a special category of membership and support, which provides access to special making and artist events, tours, and other exciting opportunities!

If you have any questions about these options, contact Karl Reichert at kreichert@textilecentermn.org