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How We Got Started Part 2

Our reason for filing for non-profit status was to use that to leverage both material and financial donations, with the hopes that we may also find someone that had a building to rent to us for a minimal cost.

Our founding circle dissolved and we started our official board.  I became the president, Harley as VP and 2 new additions Angela as Secretary and Kaci as Digital Committee chair.  Kami Wilt continues on with us as our Project Committee chair.  (She recently started Austin Tinkering School and is bringing the Maker Faire back to Austin.)

During this stage of our organizations development we have started to participate in events to let more people know about our organization.  We plan to do a fundraising campaign that will be empowered through our community connections.

Check out our events!

What’s next

  1. More events
  2. Fundraising plan
  3. Building our board and volunteer base
  4. Building relationships with other organizations

How We Got Started Part 1

Austin Creative Reuse started around three years ago when a group of like-minded individuals gathered to discuss creating a new sustainable community organization. Our group was a mix of artists, art enthusiasts, teachers, marketers, and community experts.

I met Lisa Vickery and Molly Whitten, a mutual friend. Lisa, Molly, and Lenell had been running a co-op called Greater Austin Garbage Arts (GAGA) for some time. They had run several successful events and a small retail space on South First St. At this time they were starting to close down GAGA as Molly was moving out of Austin and Lisa wanted to focus on some other creative environmental projects.

At that same time, Aaron Williams had created a space called AAMP in which he wanted to create a space for artists and musicians to connect with the community. Bernadette Noll of Slow Family Living coordinated a meeting of local artists at AAMP; it was at this meeting that Lisa Vickery and I met Kami Wilt and Ellen Scatton.

The four of us, plus Harley Gambill, started meeting every Monday at Lisa’s or the Green Muse to get to know each other and figure out what exactly we wanted to create. We agreed that we wanted a sustainable organization and really liked the model of Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC and the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland, CA.

As it progressed, we realized that we wanted to involve more people and start to get the word out. We held two community meetups. One at AAMP and one at Recycled Reads.  Isadora McKeon joined us at our second community meeting, joining our core group.

She had a great start on a business plan that aligned with the same ideas that our group had been writing up. We continued to refine our ideas and filed for our non-profit status.  After a year of waiting, we received our approval letter on August 26, 2011.

Austin Creative Reuse… our first meetup!

We held our first volunteer meeting on Thursday, November 8th, 2009

We meet at AAMP and Kami Wilt brought lots of amazing materials which we used to create mazes.

Kami wrote up a great blog post about the event on her Mungo blog.

Photo of our founding group: Lisa, Harley, Rebecca, Ellen and Kami.

 

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Creation of our logo

In 2009, we started working on our logo.  Christy Carroll was our designer extraordinaire.  Due to her concern for the environment and the belief in our mission, she volunteered to contribute her time to us to create our logo.  She provided us with lots of great ideas. The final concept we selected was based on the fact that there are many beautiful neon signs that contribute to Austin’s unique culture and the arrow concept for recycling.  We are very grateful for the work that Christy did and the beautiful design that established the foundation for the look of Austin Creative Reuse.

 

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