During the last couple months of 2020, we launched the Together Program, an initiative where 5% of the proceeds from every Opus Essential product, Opus Brush and Opus Exhibition Surface purchased were donated to local community art groups. You all completely outdid yourselves, because our amazing community raised more money than we could have anticipated, and now we have extra to share!
Between today, Monday January 25th, and Sunday January 31st, we are accepting nominations for arts organizations to donate the remaining funds to, in the form of 4 $1000 gift cards. Once we have a list of nominated organizations, we’ll be putting it to a vote, but for now, start brainstorming who you think deserves a nomination, and keep an eye out for the nominations going live on Monday the 25th!
While we have all been affected by the strains of COVID-19 in different ways, many community arts groups were especially challenged. Being unable to host workshops, exhibitions, artists’ demonstrations and events left many of these organizations without income, without social connection, and unable to support their communities. These groups and the services they offer are integral to the wellbeing of so many of us, and the creative heartbeat of our city. We wanted to step up to help during a time of need, and you helped us achieve our goal! Below is a list of our stores and which groups they each sponsored for the first phase of the Together Program.