When we have the privilege and ability to enrich a person’s life,
We not only make an impact, we can make change for generations to come;
We find a way to do it because it is our responsibility.
This is the SCRaP Why.
Our goal at SCRaP is to be that place- that place where artistic abilities can be explored and encouraged, to keep art accessible and affordable for all, the space for a creative community to develop, shared resources to help others become sustainable in their passion, and to help everyone who visits succeeds.
SCRaP was founded in 2015 and received 501c3 status in 2017.
We are a Creative Art Center and Makerspace. We take in donations of anything a creative person can use to make affordable art and craft supplies for all; we provide a shared space, tools, equipment and knowledge for creative people and entrepreneurs. We outreach to younglings to help their creative minds.
Mission Statement: “To keep art accessible and affordable for all”
Some of the things we have accomplished in the past 2 years include:
With intensive research on how we at SCRaP can make an impact to the Billings and Montana educational community, we created our SCRaPpin SMART program to address the needs of the school system. This is a curriculum which takes STEM to STEAM by adding back the arts to the school curriculum.
The SCRaPpin SMART program is divided into 5 groups:
- SCRaPpin Kidz an after-school art/literacy program for k-3rd graders
- SCRaPpin Learn an after-school entrepreneur program for 4th-5th graders
- SCRaPpin Make a makerspace cupboard /experience for Middle schools
- SCRaPpin Solve Collaborating with Downtown Exchange and area high schools to develop a volunteer program
- SCRaPpin Build -Working with RMC Enactus group on developing Broken Glass to Working Class -a glass recycling business, providing job/skill training for those in need.
We recently started Makerspace carts/programs at Medicine Crow and Washington.
We launched the SCRaPpin Kidz art programs for Broadwater and Sandstone, and the SCRaPpin Learn program for Lockwood.
Provided outreach summer art programs for Boys and Girls Club, YMCA and Billings Parks and Recreation.
Provided art programs for Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, COR Enterprise, Youth Dynamics.
Partnered with ZONTA to bring art to the ladies of Passages.
Partnered with HRDC to provide job skills/positions for families in need.
Partnered with HRDC/WEX program to provide employment for youths at risk.
Partnered with Billings Community Foundation to promote their Booknook free library program across Billings while offering volunteer opportunities for 4-H Club, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Partnered with Riverstone Health on Healthy by Design South Side Community Awareness.
Partnered with Family Tree, Child Bridge and Wise Wonders Children’s Museum.
SCRaPtacular exhibit at Montana Fair for two years, sharing facilities with other nonprofit groups.
We support the Montana Arts Council MAP program, providing a place and resources for local artists to learn about the business side of the arts.
We have the largest 3D Printer Makerspace in Billings, offering classes and mentorship.
We have supported entrepreneur meetups and will expanding to offer an Incubator and Shared Office space.
Expansion of the Magic City Makerspace Creative Annex, the Largest Makerspace and Creative Art Center in Billings! A membership based Makerspace open to all, where anyone in the community can come in to create and make things using shared space, tools and knowledge.
We developed a philanthropic partnership with Beyond the Box to raise awareness and funds for other youth oriented organizations.
We currently have planned fundraisers for the next year, and the services we initially supported were:
Nathan Sullivan, Eagle Scout- to provide Billings with 250 new American flags- a civil service to help earn his Eagle Scout award;
Alyssa West- Junior at Billings Senior High, working to become an exchange student in Japan for a year
Instruments for Kids- a local band who has a mission to provide instruments for kids wanting to play in a band, but have limited or no resources to purchase an instrument.
Blankets and Bears – we sponsored a fundraiser which grossed nearly $7000 for next year to provide blanket bundles to children in need; In addition, the fundraiser provided:
- An opportunity for Passages to support 6 women who were incarcerated, trying to re-enter normal life. They catered the event and put great effort in creating an exceptional food spread.
- It supported a band who has a mission to provide instruments for kids wanting to play in a band, but have limited or no resources to purchase an instrument.
- It introduced The Exchange Club, who provides beverages for events and at the Metra, where their profits are given back to many groups and individuals in the Community.
- An opportunity for over 30 volunteers to assist in helping a great cause.
We have given numerous talks on the Why’s of SCRaP.
- Assisted the Governor’s Office of Economic Development with Innovate Montana Symposiums on Makerspaces
- Participated in Billings Stem workshops.
- Shared our vision with Southside Taskforce, Downtown Exchange Club, Breakfast Exchange Club, Senior High School, Zonta, Women Who Wine, 100 Strong, and other great local community services.
All of the above efforts have been done as outreach while we continue work on code compliance to get city occupancy to officially open our doors. This was a much larger project than we anticipated, which has delayed our ability to offer classes. We are primarily funded by retail sales and classes, and not by grants. In order to continue to finance this effort, we decided to expand into a second building, called The Creative Annex, for our classes and gallery.
We believe the time is right now for us to spread our awareness of the impact that SCRaP is having in our community and the only way to do this is through our connections in the community. We hope you will consider joining and supporting us to help grow in 2018.