The board met for an extended planning session to close out FY 2016 and open up FY 2017. Many exciting new changes are planned for the new year, including: an executive director to focus our energies, possible additional center open hours, more community events, activities and workshops. We approved a budget, strategized for fundraising and expanding business ties, and interviewed exceptional candidates for executive director. Stay tuned for more reuse and community interaction.
The Austin Creative Reuse board met for their regular meeting on February 13. The members discussed several upcoming events, including the Thinkery 21 Event and the ACR Art of Reuse workshops, which have been extremely popular and fill quickly. In addition, they began gearing up for the upcoming Amplify Austin, which will occur on March 2. More details to follow.
The board elected new president, Carole LeClair, who begins her term effective April 1. She will be replacing outgoing president and founding member, Rebecca Stuch, who will be starting a new phase as a Peace Corps volunteer directing community development projects in Peru. We will miss Rebecca and look forward to Carole’s leadership.
Amelia grew up in France and moved to Palo Alto, California in 2002, as she was working as an IT project manager for Hewlett Packard. Work then took her to Austin in 2009.
Since she’s been in the United States, Amelia has been volunteering regularly for various nonprofits, with responsibilities ranging from volunteer lead to serving as the treasurer on two Board of Directors. She has always tried to reduce her carbon footprint by taking small steps like composting, growing her own food and upcycling materials, which is what drew her to the mission of Austin Creative Reuse. She started volunteering for ACR in the summer 2015, as they were about to open Austin’s first reuse center and needed help sorting thru donations and organizing the store. Amelia joined the ACR Board of Directors as the chair for the Systems and Procedures committee.
Amelia graduated from the nonprofit leadership and management program at the Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College in 2016.
Nancy spent the first part of her life in the DC area, but had finally had enough of the politics, cold, and traffic, so she moved to Austin. For most of the 20 years or so that she has lived here, she has been doing molecular biology research at UT Austin. She recently started working at Austin Community College’s new campus in the old abandoned Highland Mall (her office is in the old shoe dept of JC Penney’s) and is helping to build Austin’s first leaseable wet lab space.
Nancy comes from a family of creatives. All professional scientists, but with hobbies such as cooking, glass fusing and lampwork, costume design, and jewelry making. As an underpaid scientist, she took naturally to finding ways of keeping busy and to making things, without spending money. Once you have that mindset and that skill set, it’s hard to do things any other way. The fact that re-using materials is also good practice for the planet makes her heart kind of soar.
On any given day, you could find her amongst the makings of puppets, jewelry, a metalsmithing project or even a delicious dinner. In addition to spending her days buying $50K laboratory instruments to outfit the space, she scours freecycle and craigslist for valuable opportunistic treasures for the lab. Maybe, someday, there will be a bio-hacker space carved out at Highland.
Sharon has over 20 years experience working in Austin education and conservation nonprofits and is a proud AmeriCorps alum. Her greatest motivation for living sustainably is wanting to instill environmental stewardship in her daughter and our next generations.
“I wanted to become part of Austin Creative Reuse because it is the perfect blending of my passions: art, education and conservation. I knew it was the right place for me the minute I walked in the door.”
Sharon earned a degree in technical writing from Illinois State University and was a high school English teacher before translating her skills into grant writing. Grant writing led to fundraising; including events and donor engagement. Sharon is the Development Coordinator for Southwest Key Programs, the 2nd largest nonprofit in Austin.
While her favorite activity is crafting or hiking with her daughter, Sharon volunteers as the Kiddie Crew Leader for the Austin Parks Foundation, a delivery driver for Meals on Wheels and reading mentor with East Austin College Prep.
Austin Creative Reuse Founder, Board President, Rebecca Stuch was featured on the Everyday Superhuman podcast. Give it a listen and find out more about this amazing woman and our mission of bringing conservation and reuse to our community.
We are excited to announce the search for Austin Creative Reuse’s first Executive Director. The community response to the Creative Reuse Center has been amazing and the organization is in a financial position to take it’s next step forward. This role will be instrumentally in sustaining the growth and direction of the organization.
Title: Executive Director
What We Offer
What You’ll Bring
We look for amazing people with diverse backgrounds and a genuine passion for conservation, reuse, and creativity. We expect the Executive Director to be:
What You’ll Do
The Austin Creative Reuse Executive Director is friendly, personable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Austin Creative Reuse and our mission.
In Strategic Planning and Center Operations, the Executive Director will:
In communications and programming, the Executive Director will:
In relations with staff, the Executive Director will:
In budget and finance, the Executive Director will:
The above is intended to describe the general content of the requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.
Who We Are
Austin Creative Reuse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building.
To be considered as an applicant:
Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online to firstname.lastname@example.org
We review applications on a rolling basis. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
At Austin Creative Reuse, we believe that diversity makes us stronger and challenges us to think differently every day. Austin Creative Reuse provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status or disability.
November 14, 2016 at 6 pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Rebecca, Katie, Carole, Karen
Changes at ACR.
Extended hours are now offered on Fridays and Saturdays. The directors approved a change to policy regarding budgets amendments. Budget amendment votes will be triggered when a line item or category exceeds the greater of 10% or $750 more than had been budgeted.
Upcoming Activities and Events.
ACR will be hosting its first workshop partly funded with the City of Austin grant on 11/17. The second workshop will follow on 12/15. ACR will be offering free gift wrap at the Cherrywood Art Festival. We would like to attract a volunteer to take on proactively determining and planning for our presence at events such as the Blue Genie and Violet Crowns festivals. Carole will be participating in the Final Pitch at Austin Resource Recovery’s [Re]Verse Pitch Competition in December.
Karen joined our board in October. You may recognize her face as she has been volunteering at the center for several months now. Please join us in welcoming her to the Austin Creative Reuse Board of Directors.
Inspired by Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children at an early age, Karen began diverting interesting and useful items from the landfill, thrifting, gardening, and refashioning at an early age. She has translated that interest into a career as a professional engineer with a focus on waste management, spill prevention, risk assessment, and reduction of stormwater pollutant discharges from industrial facilities.
Karen began creative pursuits through scrapbooking her two children’s exploits. Through scrapbooking, she learned different techniques related to color theory, the use of different media, photography, and layout. Since then, she has truly enjoyed creatively repurposing items into art pieces, yard art, and a funky henhouse. She continues repurposing by developing creative Girl Scout projects for her troops and SWAPs kits for other troop leaders. Karen views her regular stints sorting materials in the Center’s by-the-bucket section as her weekly The Artist’s Way artist’s date field trip as a means to further engender creativity.
Please join us in welcoming our next set of employees. Barb Paris has joined us as an AM Shift Lead and Casey Douglas, Michael Balot and Susan Bussard have joined us as Clerks. Their enthusiasm for Austin Creative Reuse’s mission, knowledge about crafting/art, patience and positive disposition reflect the values of Austin Creative Reuse.
” Hi ! I am a mother a teacher and an artist. I taught art k-12 in public schools for 10 years and currently have my own after school program in Round Rock. I am the co-founder of Marmalade skies , an art studio in Austin TX, and helped to start the children’s museums in New Braunfels and San Antonio. I was born in NYC raised in NEW Jersey and moved to Austin 20 years ago. My artwork is eclectic and is mostly large scale multi media paintings. Many of my large paintings are done on old used doors.”
Casey Douglas is a student, environmentalist, and freelance model in Austin, TX. She was a member of Girl Scouts for twelve years and made her fair share of arts and crafts projects growing up. She was constantly surprised by how the troop leader, her mom, would come up with creative projects by reusing and repurposing all kinds of materials. Teaching for AmeriCorps this past Spring reminded her how much she missed serving the community, and she is very excited to be working with another non-profit in town that focuses on creativity and sustainability. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, creating succulent gardens, and dancing.
” Hello! My name is Michael Balot, and I’m ecstatic to join the ACR team. I moved to Austin two years ago after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I get my kicks in my free time via disc jockeying, boxing, baking, environmental advocacy, and treasure diving.”
Colors are the
building blocks I use
to express myself.
Even their names
They inspire me.
I enjoy a variety of
Cowboy boot making
If I can create beautiful things
and at the same time help make the Earth
a thriving place for future generations,
I am happy.
Please welcome our Fall Intern, Pooja Panda! We are excited to have her working with on Marketing and Public Relations projects for this year.
Pooja Panda is currently a Senior finishing her degree in Public Relations from the Stan Richards School with a Business Foundations certificate focused on MIS from the McCombs School of Business. She enjoys to use her creative and analytical skills to come up with solutions for a project. She enjoys painting, writing, hiking, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also loves to cook and come up with unique recipes.
2015 was a huge year for us, as we achieved our big goal of opening Austin’s first creative reuse center! Our just-released Annual Report celebrates this and our other big accomplishments. Thank you all for your help making it possible!