Down to the Wire!
By now, most online businesses are beyond the cut off date for shipments arriving before Christmas leaving some shoppers out in the cold (quite literally) scrambling for last minute gifts for loved ones, often times settling for generic big box store items. “Isn’t this set of napkin rings [made in China] so thoughtful?! I just knew you’d like them…”
Don’t settle. We’ve taken the guess work out of the last minute scramble — and the silver lining is four fold; 1. No lines, 2. No shipping, 3. No gift wrap, 4. You help some amazing organizations in the process.
Here, then, are a handful of Arts and Crafts related non-profits that would love to hear from you. This isn’t, through any stretch of the imagination, a complete list. Feel free to add others to the mix or get creative and seek out a more local option from your part of the world. Sponsor an educational program in a loved ones name, purchase tickets to one of their upcoming events for you and your friends or simply make a donation in someone’s name. Particularly for those people on your list that have everything (or the ones that are always too difficult to shop for…) Then simply print out a few pictures from that organization’s website and include them in a hand-written card. It’s as simple as that. Now, the hardest part is choosing just one organization to give to…
Roycroft Campus Corporation
Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY is the best preserved and most complete complex of buildings remaining in the United States of the “guilds” that evolved as centers of craftsmanship and philosophy during the late 19th century. The Campus, designated a National Historic Landmark district (NHL) in 1986, contains nine of the original 14 structures including the Inn, the Chapel, the Print Shop, the Furniture Shop, and the Copper Shop. So visit and discover the rebirth of the Roycroft Campus as if Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters never left. www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com firstname.lastname@example.org (716) 655-0261
Stickley Museum at
Craftsman FarmsThis 30-acre National Historic Landmark is the centerpiece of Gustav Stickley’s early 20th century country estate. The Stickley family’s home, known as the Log House, was built in 1911 and is one of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts movement. It has been restored to its 1911 appearance and is operated by the Craftsman Farms Foundation as a historic house museum. Tours of the Log House are available year round, as well as group tours for clubs, churches, special interested groups, schools, scouts, etc. The Museum also offers lectures, workshops, and numerous educational programs, plus two family days each year. Off-site exhibitions are mounted and exhibition catalogues, which include new scholarship, are produced annually. www.stickleymuseum.org (973) 540-0311 email@example.com
The American Art Pottery
Since its establishment in 1983, the American Art Pottery Association has continued to bring people together to share their knowledge and interest in art pottery. The AAPA and its membership enjoys various activities each year such as: annual convention; annual show, sale, and auction of Art Pottery; and the bi-monthly publication of the Journal of American Art Pottery Association (JAAPA). Their mission is to promote an interest, understanding, appreciation, and recognition of American Art Pottery and to unify and strengthen the voice of collectors and dealers of American Art Pottery. www.aapa.info firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gamble House
The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours. The Friends of The Gamble House (FoGH), a support group of the University of Southern California, is composed of individuals, corporations, and organizations dedicated to the financial support of The Gamble House. Your membership gift will help to fund the preservation of The Gamble House and the development and enrichment of its programs. Committed to developing educational programs for its members and the community, the Friends also sponsor the annual Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship for two upper-division students of the University of Southern California School of Architecture. www.gamblehouse.org (626) 793-3334 email@example.com
The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation
Preserving the works, ideas, and innovative spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright for the benefit of all generations. Your gift ensures essential conservation, repair, and restoration of the buildings and contents of two National Historic Landmarks – Taliesin and Taliesin West. Educating and engaging today’s scholars, architects, students, scientists, and the international public through programs that encourage innovative thinking about the relationships between architecture and design and the natural environment, and inspire a quest for beauty, balance and harmony in the creation of buildings and spaces that enrich daily life. Your contribution makes achieving this critical goal possible. www.franklloydwright.org(480) 860-2700 firstname.lastname@example.org