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Working Together

Programs like the affin­ity groups and series like the FS Connects sessions have shown just how power­ful we can be when we inten­tion­ally create inclu­sive and dynamic program­ming. I look forward to welcom­ing even more members into our amazing commu­nity, and sharing the limit­less poten­tial of what we can create when we work together.

-Katie Thomp­son, artist, author, TFS Board Member

Dear Friends of Furniture,

As I reflect on how far we’ve come as an orga­ni­za­tion in the past two years, I am struck by the fact that we would not be where we are today had we not come together in an effort to make a differ­ence. As Charles Eames so aptly said, The connec­tions, the connec­tions, the connec­tions. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life”. While he was speak­ing about prod­ucts, in effect, it is an essen­tial truth that connec­tion indeed makes what­ever we work towards stronger, better, more rele­vant, and more durable. 

A year ago, we were all facing new ways of working and engag­ing with the world around us. Recog­niz­ing the need to, once again, pause all in-person program­ming, The Furni­ture Society seized the oppor­tu­nity to serve our commu­nity in new and different ways. 

But we didn’t do this alone. By working together through part­ner­ships, collab­o­ra­tions, and commu­nity partic­i­pa­tion, The Furni­ture Society has been able to create mean­ing­ful programs and oppor­tu­ni­ties for our audi­ences, our members, and the field. 

By working together: 

  • we served others through Craft For a Greater Good in the commu­nity of Asheville. We contin­ued for the second year, build­ing furni­ture for the tiny home village created by our commu­nity part­ners at BeLoved Asheville. This work is ongoing today and will continue through the next year.
  • we inspired and engaged our growing commu­nity through FS Connects, our new online program­ming series. FS Connects offers an inspir­ing series of programs as a place to learn and engage with a diverse commu­nity of makers. 
  • we paid tribute to the leaders in our field through our Award of Distinc­tion. We launched In Their Words: Conver­sa­tions with Award of Distinc­tion recip­i­ents’, inter­views explor­ing their careers, how they see the future of the furni­ture field, and the impor­tance of mentor­ing young makers.
  • we cele­brated YOU, our amazing maker-members through our newslet­ter, website, and online programs
  • we offered oppor­tu­ni­ties to grow as makers through grant and schol­ar­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties. Our five partner orga­ni­za­tions have gener­ously made these opportunities possible. 
  • we created commu­nity through our new affin­ity groups for Women of Wood­work­ing, students, and educate

The power of working together has given us a renewed sense of pride in our orga­ni­za­tion because we made the effort and changes together.

Please join our efforts in build­ing and serving this commu­nity by making a tax-deductible contri­bu­tion to TFS before Decem­ber 31. There are other ways you can help this orga­ni­za­tion. You can volun­teer.

Volun­teerism is good for every­one. Volun­teers report a sense of well-being and pride. To support TFS in this way, please email us directly. 

These programs and efforts are only made possi­ble through the support of people like you. When we live our values, we can trans­form our field and advance new ideas!

Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Monica Hampton
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor
The Furni­ture Society


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