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Philanthropy Field Trip: Upcycle Parts Shop

Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm  ET
In-person | Cleveland, OH

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Philanthropy Field Trips will get you out of the office and into a world of spectacular achievement! Hear firsthand accounts of how deals are made and see the impact of philanthropy in our community. And, have fun doing it!  

This Philanthropy Field Trip will be hosted by Upcycle Parts Shopthe leader in sustainable art and craft supplies in Cleveland.  As a social enterprise that lives in a collaborative partnership with St. Clair Superior Community Development Corporation, Upcycle likes to say that they shine a light on the value of everything around them.

Upcycling is about the possibility of reuse, the excitement of creativity, and the energy of community.  UpCycle Parts Shop serve hundreds of participants each year by supplying materials to creative endeavors, leading programming/workshops and selling upcycled designs. They have diverted over 14 tons of waste since opening in 2014; and have hundreds of donors to thank for helping them create less waste and more art!  Join UpCycle Parts Shop to hear more about their model, what they've learned, and what their excited about as a community-minded social enterprise (meaning they combine both mission, heart, and business into their model!)

Speaker: Nicole McGee, co-founder and artistic director of Upcycle Parts Shop 

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Nicole McGee is artistic director and co-founder of Upcycle Parts Shop, a social enterprise co-founded in 2014 with Devon Fegen-Herdman, a licensed independent social worker with community-minded passions. (The secret sauce is that the two love to work together).   Nicole  has  an undergraduate  degree  in  advertising/public relations from Penn State University and a master's degree in sociology from Cleveland State University.  After 10 years in Cleveland’s  non-profit sector in roles as community organizer, grant writer, fundraiser, and communications director, Nicole founded Plenty Underfoot llc, a creative small business for which  she  was a Bad Girl Ventures finalist in 2012 and featured as one of Cleveland Magazine’s most interesting people in 2013.  Her longest corporate contract is Aladdin's Eateries. If you’ve dined in any of their 40 locations across 5 states, you’ve seen her upcycled centerpieces.  The shift from small creative business into creative social enterprise came from a deep interest in grassroots work that builds community while inspiring other to see value in what is around them.  The vision to expand the opportunities of creative reuse to more people, especially low income communities that are often left out of creative economies, got funded by ArtPlace America in collaboration with St. Clair Superior Community Development Corporation in 2014. 

Space is limited. Register online with the form below, in person, or by calling (216) 861-1933 x325. If you need further information, please call (216) 861-1933.


6419 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103

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