Friday, August 15, 2014

The Scrap Exchange Opens August 16 in New Lakewood Location

Tomorrow a local Durham business with a dedicated following of craft and creative artists will have a new home.

On August 16, Durham's Scrap Exchange will open its doors for the first time in its 23-year history in its own space. The nonprofit creative reuse arts center will make its new home in a 23,000 square foot facility at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. The site is a standalone mid-century modern building in the Shoppes at Lakewood shopping center. The Scrap Exchange bought the former Cinema Theater and Duke Surplus building in December, 2013, and is now ready to permanently move in and call it home. Over the past two decades, the organization has operated in subsidized or leased space throughout Durham including Northgate Mall, Liberty Warehouse and Cordoba Center for the Arts.

The purchase is a significant milestone in the nonprofit’s history. The Scrap Exchange was founded in 1991 with a mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse. Since then, the organization has grown into a Durham institution and national model for creative reuse. In 2013, the center diverted 70 tons of usable materials from the landfills, stewarded 5320 hours of volunteer service, managed 427 creative reuse program activities, and served over 150,000 people through its retail store and programming.

Learn more about Durham's art scene online and all of the kid and craft things to do here.

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