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Repurposing/ reconfiguring old ugly furniture to be used in the NEST Center by young entrepreneurial artists!

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Since 2007, we have worked with youth and kids, teaching them how to use their existing talents, resources, and creative abilities to earn money.  Our MAIN GOAL is to help these young people become independent, well-rounded, producers in our economy and leaders in our communities that will create opportunities for others.  

We have worked with many towns and schools all over Arkansas.  When the individual programs are completed, many of the students remain in contact with us- as they continue with their endeavors.  Because of this and as we continue our work and meet new young people, the need for a physical space has become more and more evident!  

We currently meet with most our students at our house.  We don't mind at all- but we have outgrown the space. 

For a little over a year, we have been actively working on identifying a physical space to house the NEST Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship.  In 2012 we created a relationship with the owner of the Pyramid Building in downtown Little Rock (Barbara Yates)- she is a huge supporter of the arts and loved the idea! 

SO- the third floor of the Pyramid Building will be NEST Center!

Barbara has agreed to "white-box" the third floor for us- which means that she is going to open up the space by knocking out walls and paint the walls white, which will give us a blank canvas.  

Our goal is to have the NEST Center open before the summer so that the students will get settled in, become acclimated, and  have some ramp up time before June.  

---------------------------------------THE NEST DESK PROJECT------------------------------------

The purpose of the NEST Desk Project stems from a few different places.  

First, the students will need desks in the NEST Center.  We have searched high and low for really cool, funky furniture and we found it!! Only most of it was also really expensive. [[no go.]]

Secondly, we have been approached by many different organizations, companies, and individuals who have hoards of furniture that they are willing to GIVE US for free [[GREAT!!]] but it's all outdated/ damaged/ stuffy looking.  Now, mama told me that beggars can't be choosers- so I'll take FREE anytime I can! Well, just about, anyway... 

Third, the Pyramid Building (where the NEST Center is to be located) is being restored/ remodeled and updated to Platinum LEED standards- so any way that we can recycle or repurpose stuff that would be otherwise thrown away helps our environment AND the awesome folks at the Pyramid Building!! 

SO! The NEST Desk Project brings these things together to form a fantastic solution!  We are going to take the free desks, repurpose/ reconfigure/ update them, and have them for use in the NEST Center- thereby eliminating our need to buy new furniture, those cool guys won't have to throw away all that ugly furniture either, we help save the earth, and the owners of the building we're in will love us even more! :)

We are looking to raise $5000 to help pay for paint and supplies like brushes, to complete the very first NEST Desk Project Desks that will be in the NEST Center!

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1. The designers could have completely terrible ideas, thereby making the beautification of the desks a really bad idea.

2. The condition (integrity) of the furniture has only been judged superficially. We may have to do some additional repair which could drive up costs as well as the amount of time we have allotted for the process.

3. Anything is possible. We hope for the best "anythings" to come and to avoid the other ones. :)

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