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College and nonprofit partner on downtown pop-up shop

September 23, 2016
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KCAD Goodwill ArtPrize pop-up store
KCAD students upcycled flooring samples into packs of coasters. Courtesy KCAD

A downtown college and an area nonprofit are teaming up on the first weekend of ArtPrize to open a pop-up shop that will feature upcycled goods.

Kendall College of Art & Design and Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids opened the shop today outside The Fed Galleries @ KCAD in Grand Rapids in the Woodbridge N. Ferris building, at 17 Pearl St. NW.

The shop will be open through Sunday.

It will feature one-of-a-kind artwork, clothing, jewelry, furniture and more created by KCAD students and staff from The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, using reclaimed materials from local Goodwill stores.

Michele Bosak, curator of exhibitions, said pop-up shop extends KCAD’s ArtPrize RE exhibition, which explores environmental and social responsibility.

She said showcasing “the tremendous versatility and value of reclaimed materials” will further the conversation around ways to work toward a more sustainable future.

A number of unaltered items specially curated from Goodwill stores will be available for purchase, as welll as T-shirts commemorating the partnership between Goodwill and KCAD.

Silkscreened T-shirts, pillows and washcloths featuring designs by artists Michael Peoples and Heather Joy Puskarich, both featured in the RE exhibition, also will be for sale.

A KCAD Collaborative Design class taught by David Abbott, KCAD instructor and Goodwill’s director of friends and corporate relations, designed the retail space.

All proceeds from the sale of goods created by KCAD students will go to the student organizations they represent: the student fashion alliance Bodies of Art; KCAD Green Council; KCAD Game Club; the student chapter of the Interior Designers Society of America; and the student chapter of the International Interior Design Association. Goodwill will retain the profits for all other goods sold.

The shop will only be open Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, from noon-6 p.m.

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