"There is something powerful and healing in transforming materials that are broken, torn, or headed for the trash into something beautiful and useful."
Women crafting change in ourselves and our communities one craft at a time...
Our story begins in 2012 when the prior directors of Global Gallery in Clintonville and the Hilltop Shalom Zone had a vision to bring local women together, regardless of their backgrounds and experience, to create community and to learn and share creative skills, making handmade items to sell in order to make supplemental income. Those first bi-monthly gatherings at the Hilltop and Franklinton libraries as well as Faith Community Church introduced WCC to many in the community. By 2014 through grants from Neighborhood Partnership, Puffin Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council Grant, and Ohio Arts Council, and Comfest, the directors hired a part-time program director. The program remains part of both organizations and currently has over 10 regular participants. You can find our products at Global Gallery in Clintonville, Celebrate Local, Smidge and PInch, North Market Spice Shop and various community events we attend through the year.
Women Crafting Change brings together women of various immigrant and socioeconomic communities to collectively work on art projects. Our program is focused on providing women with creative and practical job training through the creation and production of hand crafts.
Low-income populations tend to be isolated, which can be detrimental to the social fabric of the entire community. We believe that creative expression through art has the ability to dissolve boundaries and opens communication channels. Coming together to work on art projects, socialize across ethnic and cultural boundaries builds connections that have the potential to transform these isolated communities into one.
Our program works with the women to develop unique, marketable crafts from sustainable and reclaimed materials. The participants co-develop unique, marketable crafts that are sold around the Columbus area, to support the women who make them.
Our vision is to welcome more people to WCC and simultaneously create a positive environment that fosters inner growth and change evidenced outwardly, as we help bring change to the gift market by offering locally handcrafted items made with re-purposed and sustainable materials.