Expanding new opportunities within Neighborhood Center of the Arts
The local Neighborhood Center of the Arts (NCA) is the best kept secret in town (till now, anyway!) It’s a non-profit facility designed to provide working studios for artists with special abilities, and it’s right up the street from BriarPatch at 200 Litton Drive. The studios supply artists with the tools they need to become successful in the development of their careers. Currently supporting 69 artists ranging in ages from 22 to 81, NCA offers a wide range of studio opportunities such as weaving, ceramics, painting, woodworking, digital arts, mixed media, performing arts, video production, and most recently, a garden business class called Whimsical Botanical.
NCA has a large garden space that is being used to grow herbs and native plants that attract bees and butterflies. With the goal of providing opportunities for artists to build their entrepreneurial skills — marketing, public relations, and teamwork is learned through the product development of soaps and essential oils, all while managing the garden itself. The garden team is also learning about composting and encourages composting among all who attend NCA. Thus they not only make great art and soap, they also make great dirt!
NCA’s artwork has been featured in the South Pine Cafés, Broad Street Bistro, Art Works Gallery, Make Local Habit, Summer Thyme’s, Matteo’s Public, Afternoon Deli, and Nevada City Winery, as well as BriarPatch. This work will be on display in the Co-op’s dining room in the month of June, and 50 percent of all sales go directly to the artists, with the remainder supporting the program’s operating costs.
With the BriarPatch Co-op Cause program, shoppers can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, thus accumulating significant funds that will go specifically to NCA’s garden business, Whimsical Botanical. As usual, with each of us doing a little, together we can do a lot. Thanks for your contributions and your caring!
You are welcome to visit NCA on Litton Drive and follow them on Facebook. Learn more on their website, neighborhoodcenterofthearts.org. You can also call 530-272-7287 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.