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April 25, 2017

This post comes from CCRx team member and SAIC student, Courtney Graham, and spotlights Detroit-based nonprofit Arts and Scraps. Courtney spoke with the Executive Director at the time, Peg Upmeyer, in Fall 2016. The original post can be found on Courtney's website

I have been fortunate enough to be immersed in the arts all my life; with both parents working in creative fields, it wasn’t exactly optional in my household. Some of my earliest experiences with an arts organization were participating in community activities with Arts and Scraps. At the time, in the mid-90s, this entrepreneurial nonprofit was quickly becoming a familiar tent at every festival or fair the city of Detroit had to offer. My two younger sisters and I would beg our parents to make one more of whatever the craft-of-the-day happened to be. The materials were not your typical popsicles sticks and construction paper – there were foam shapes, bottle caps, tubing, everyday items and unusual oddities alike. But the most...

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