News from Courageous heARTS!
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Courageous heARTS

October 2019
Studio Schedule:

New Hours This Fall!

Please refer to the schedule on our website for a complete list of hours. Please note our Creative Labs require advanced registration, and Open Studio hours are always drop-in.

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Lend Your Heart:
Check out our Community Ambassador opportunity to the right!

New opportunities will be listed on Hands On Twin Cities when they are available.

Become a Sustainer:

Donors are key to offering a space where the whole community can make art together. When you become a sustaining donor, you ensure our programs have the resources they need to succeed. Learn more and donate today! 

More Ways to Give: 

+ Hummus lover? Send your Holy Land packaging (er, just the cardboard coupon actually...) to the studio. We get 25¢ per coupon!

+ Shop local handmade gifts through 
Mission Made. Select heARTS as your recipient organization and 20% of your purchase dollars will be directed to our mission!

+ Are you a member of Thrivent Financial? Direct your Choice Dollars to courageous heARTS or chat with us about how to partner to take advantage of your Action Team benefits.

+ Explore your employer's giving program to take advantage of matching gift programs.
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 New This Fall!  

Teen Night joins our collection of Open Studio hours this fall on Wednesdays from 6-8:30pm! In addition, we've restructured our after school hours to make room for more Creative Labs on this schedule through out the year.

Creative Labs are our registration-based opportunities for the whole community to learn from practicing artists. Although there is usually a minimum age, youth and adults are welcome to join us for these intergenerational learning experiences. 

Fall Creative Labs 

Anne Sawyer is our Artist-In-Residence this fall. She is a local puppeteer, stilt-walker, playwright and arts educator, based in the Powderhorn Park area. We've updated times for a few labs - please make note that some classes are offered twice for your convenience.

Here's the line-up through December:

Junk Junket (Stand Alone): Oct. 21, 5:30-8pm
Junk Junket (Stand Alone): Oct. 22, 4-6:30pm
World of Shadows: Oct. 26, 1-3:30pm
Shake It with Shibori: Oct. 29, 4-6:30pm
Writing Wild: Nov. 11, 5:30-8pm
Feltin' Fool Series: Nov. 12 & 19, 4-6:30pm
Feltin' Fool Workshop: Nov. 16, 1-3:30pm
Shake It with Shibori: Dec. 3, 5:30-8pm
Gifts from the heART: Dec. 7, 1-4pm
Vibrant Vases, Vivid Dreams: Dec. 10, 5:30-8pm
Foiled!: Dec. 17, 5:30-8pm

See all descriptions for all the Labs and register via our website. You may also call the studio or stop in during Open Studio hours to register in person. Scholarships are available.

Descriptions and Registration

 AWESOME ALERT: 3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast!   

Once again, we're transforming the studio into a dining hall for our 3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast! This isn't just a breakfast, it's truly an experience - we hope you'll join us Saturday, Nov. 2 between 8:30-1pm, for deliciousness, creativity and connection. 

Guests will have two all-you-can-eat menu options:

Classic Cakes - $8
includes: classic pancakes, toppings bar, fruit salad, bottomless coffee (from Starbucks!), milk, juice and water

The Art Pancake Experience- $12
includes: all of the above + the opportunity to craft your own cakes or watch one of our artists craft one for you (required if under 8)

RSVP using our Facebook event - and feel free to invite your friends!

 Coming Soon: Give to the Max Day  

Give to the Max Day is just around the corner and we need your support! Over the past six years we have slowly, but steadily, increased our revenue and grown our programs to offer something for just about everyone. Despite this growth, we still have unmet costs that need attention - including the administrative support of our founder who continues to give 80% of her time to the organization in a pro bono capacity.

Individual donors have been a critical piece of our success. Your contributions help:

  • subsidize the costs of our studio - this magical place where people's faces literally light up when they walk in - so we can offer affordable experiences for everyone,
  • pay youth a meaningful stipend while they participate in our Creative Community Apprenticeship,
  • and expand our selection of art materials and mediums so we can offer more premium supplies and equipment.

The day to give is Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Busy that day? You can schedule your gift in advance by heading to our giving page after Nov. 1.

Want to get strategic about it?
Some friendly competition in the name of generosity is all good, right? Right. Here are a few options if you'd like to get more bang for your buck:

  • If heARTS is already on your giving list this year, consider pledging to our matching fund instead! We would like to raise $1000 in pledged matches that we can leverage on GTMD to entice new donors. There are loads of MN donors who look for opportunities to stretch their giving with matched contributions - and we'd love to get their support!
  • Start an individual or team fundraiser. You can set your own giving goal and encourage folks in your life to give. All you need to do is sign-in to and select Courageous heARTS as the beneficiary of your fundraising efforts. Learn more here. 
  • GiveMN has partnered with the Bush Foundation to create additional prizes throughout the day. Check out what's in store here. 

 Volunteer opportunities!  

We are on the hunt for a few volunteers this fall who can help out with the following opportunities:

  • Creative Lab Assistants: Help our artist-in-residence with prep, facilitation and clean-up during our fall session. Assistants will be asked to sign-up to help with at least 3 Creative Labs per season, must be able to attend all sessions in a series, and be present 30 minutes before and after the session to help out. 
  • Pancake Breakfast: Check out the options and sign up here.
  • Cookie Makers: We are bringing back our Cookie Mix & Match sale in December. If holiday cookies are your jam, we'd love to get your contributions for this seasonal fundraiser. Sign up here to commit your contribution!
Additional volunteer opportunities are listed on our website. If you have volunteered with us in the past, please email Lindsay with your interest. If this is your first time volunteering, please complete the interest form on our website and we will be in touch with details.
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