Textile Center launches 2020 Fall Appeal

In just six months our world has changed dramatically, hit by two major challenges that have altered our nation and our community and have impacted the trajectory for Textile Center: the COVID-19 pandemic and our need to face systemic racism. We have not shied away from either challenge.

Quilts by Dorothy Burge

Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we joined forces with Curator Carolyn Mazloomi and the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) to create the We Are the Story initiative. Seven quilt exhibitions, presented during the next nine months in the Twin Cities, will address and promote conversation about racism in America.

As for the pandemic, we launched our (Re) Imagine & (Re) Engage campaign this spring to support our work to innovate and adapt our programs as we move through this era of COVID-19. These programs included the launch of our online Kit Camp program for youth this summer, our Garage Sale Occasional Shop, virtual exhibitions, Art Speaks conversations via Zoom, online artisan Shop, and the upcoming debut of online classes for adults.

Like all nonprofits, we have been struggling with a steep decline in the revenues we earn from class tuitions, our retail shop, rentals, and memberships, and this fall we need your support more than ever. Will you include Textile Center among the organizations you are supporting during these very challenging times?

Thanks to your support, Textile Center will be resilient!

And, as we look toward a long winter, we want to ensure that we have the resources we need to keep you engaged creatively, promoting wellbeing for you and our community through fiber art. Textile Center shines when we come together in community. That you for staying connected with us.

With gratitude,

Mariana Shulstad, President, Board of Directors
Karl Reichert, Executive Director

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