Have you heard of SMART! I hadn't either until I was contacted last week. I received an e-mail from Kelli Monday, Project Manager. She had been following Art With Mr. E & my Pinterest boards, and thought I might be interested in hearing more. My student teacher & I were excited to hear the vision for SMART!...and to share ideas we had with her.
SO...WHO IS SMART! ?
It is a retail store for reused/recycled (scrap) art supplies created as a social enterprise under the umbrella of Progress Inc, a nonprofit organization that supports developmentally disabled adults. The scrap items will be donated from our community (you, friends, neighbors, and businesses) and will be processed by individuals we support for resale.
Their mission is simple. They want to provide reused/recycled art supplies, at a low cost to the public while enriching the lives of the people we support at Progress Inc. with employment, learning job skills, and generating revenue to continue our mission of helping individuals to reach their full potential. In addition, their goal is to also provide inexpensive art supplies to the community, teachers, artists, and craftspeople while helping our environment by eliminating excess waste into our landfills.
PRETTY COOL, EH?!?!?! I'm excited for them to be a part of our community. Their goal is to open a place by March of this year! If you are in the Metro Nashville area...contact Kelli if you'd like to be a part in some way...or find out how you can be a part!!!!