Signs of progress...Our new sign was just installed for Noyo Printworks, giving a real presence to studio activities now at 215 Laurel St, in the heart of Fort Bragg.
This space was formerly the Boys Locker Room at the old Swim Center (circa 1917-2009). It has been transformed into a bright, airy working studio for letterpress, printmaking and book arts. Our thanks to the City of Fort Bragg for this special opportunity to establish this new community creative project.
Since opening the doors in April, over 400 people have visited the studio and nearly 200 people have signed up with special interest in learning and working in the Studio. 1st Friday Art Walks with hands on activities and exhibits, mini-workshops in lino-cuts printmaking and book arts and Studio Groups in Printmaking, Monoprinting and Letterpress are fostering a lively sense of the creative possibilities in this working studio space. And new classes, workshops and events are being planned for the fall.
The sign itself speaks to more than just making Noyo Printworks visible to street traffic. Funding for the sign was made possible from a grant from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County for our 2015-16 Marketing and Outreach project. The aim is to strengthen our community identity and visibility by adding support for printed materials, signage, and technology. This is groundwork for our on-going strategic development.
We build community through creativity. Flockworks was founded as an organizational “frame” for community art & creative initiatives. We mobilize space, talents, time, and other resources to foster opportunities for people of all ages and experience to share, explore and participate in arts & creativity. We add visibility and vibrancy to local arts in our Arts@OddFellows Series. We engage children and young people in vivid art experiences on the playground, in classrooms and many diverse settings. With public display, this art gives ‘voice’ to the importance of our children. We contribute our unique creative twist to gatherings and efforts that support other organizations and groups. We believe these creative threads tie us together as a community, and shape who we are, rather than see art as an endeavor of an exclusive few.