Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 21 - Halloween Crafts and First Day of New Hours

Hi Reusers,

We are re-opening with our new hours starting on Saturday, October 21. For 2017 we will now be open from 1-5pm Saturdays only from October 21 - December 16 (closed on November 11).

Erika has also been scouring Pinterest for reused Halloween craft ideas and we will be re-opening with fun self-guided activities on October 21. Find the event on Facebook: Re-Opening + Halloween Workshops or on our webpage here: Upcoming Events. Look at all the fun ideas she found - it will be hard to choose only 3!

Happy Reusing!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Culture Days + New Hours

Hi Reusers!

We are collaborating with all the other tenants of the second floor of the Creative City Centre to offer a fun, interactive afternoon of art. Find more information on our Upcoming Events page or find the event on Facebook.

Apologies for anyone who has tried to visit us over the past couple of months. Due to some restructuring at our host organization we have had to keep the doors closed since mid-August. We are still closed but will be announcing updated hours very soon! We are now in need of more volunteers than ever to make sure we can be open consistent late hours and (potentially) weekends! If you would like to donate some time and energy to help us stay running for years to come, please head to our Volunteer page to learn more.

Happy reusing and hope to see you on October 1st!
Erika Folnovic

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Volunteers and Workshop Artists Needed!

Hi Reusers!

We are currently looking for volunteers and workshop artists to help activate our spaces. Stick with us and you can help support artists and arts educators in the city! Check out the two new pages on our blog and find out more:

Plan a Workshop With Us - we are currently seeking artists and other community members excited about reuse to bring workshop participants into our space to learn more about reuse practices in the arts. We welcome all art forms and even interdisciplinary talks about reuse, recycling, and eco art.

Volunteer - shifts range from 1-4 hours per week or per month depending on how much of your time you'd like to commit.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Re-Opening March 22!

Hi reusers!

I am very excited to announce that we will be re-opening our shop and holding our AGM at the Creative City Centre on Wednesday, March 22nd from 6-10pm. See our Upcoming Events page for more details or let us know you are coming by RSVPing on our Facebook Event.

This move could not have happened with the generous help of Members-at-Large: Sheena and Laureen, who helped to pack up our supplies mid-January then assisted with the move. Thanks, too, to their husbands Milan and Randy especially for their big help assisting us carry all those boxes of art books down the stairs at CARFAC and then up another flight to the Creative City Centre. Lots of heavy lifting!

The move happened on February 28th from 2-4:30pm (we made great time at only two and half hours!). We were lucky to have such beautiful, sunny, warm weather for the move. We were glad we didn't wait another week when the weather took a turn for the worse (terrible windy winter weather!).

We want to acknowledge the generous support of CARFAC Saskatchewan over the past year and half. You were amazing partners and we cannot thank you enough for all the work you did to support us!

We are excited about this new chapter in our life!

Happy Reusing and hope to see you on the 22nd!
Erika Folnovic

Friday, January 13, 2017

Our Shop is CLOSED - Re-opening in February 2017

Hi Reusers!

Regina's Art Supply Exchange shop is closed as we prepare and organize for a move. Watch for plans for our re-opening in February 2017! If you are a member, join us Wednesday, January 18th from 7-9pm at the Creative City Centre for a meeting regarding plans about this move. Find a Facebook event HERE.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Do Not Donate Until January 2017

Hi all,

We are asking that people do not donate any materials until January 2017. We are in a transitional period as we seek new space to move into and the less stuff to box up the better! Watch for sales in and around December before our move is finalized.

Thanks for your help and assistance with this request!

Seeking a new partner!

We spent a great year with our partner CARFAC Saskatchewan and it is bittersweet that we officially announce we are seeking a new partner. CARFAC wishes to reclaim some of the space we took for the exchange for their valuable programs, which we are more than happy to oblige! From now until mid-November we are seeking proposals for a new partnership facility. To keep our costs to our members low, we require a small space at very low cost. We are looking at an early December 2016 move out date and hope to be operational with our new partner in January 2017. See the photos or text below for more information about our requirements and overall mandate. Please help us by reaching out to organizations in the community that could benefit from having second hand art supplies at their fingertips. We are open to any options and hope that at our AGM in November we can all vote together on the best options that will inspire growth and renewed interest in our organization. Thanks for any help you can provide!

Partnership Proposal

RASE Seeking New Partner
Regina’s Art Supply Exchange, Inc. (shortened to RASE throughout this document) is a registered Non-Profit under THE NON-PROFIT CORPORATIONS ACT, 1995 (incorporated on November 27th, 2015). RASE spent one great year with our current partner CARFAC Saskatchewan and it is bittersweet that we officially announce we are seeking a new partner. From now until November 15th, 2016 we are seeking proposals for a new partnership facility. We are looking at an early December move out date and hope to be operational with our new partner in January 2017.

RASE Mandate

Benefits to a Partner
With our small amount of requirements, a partnership with RASE will include many or all of the benefits listed below to your organization:

Access our Supplies: Ability for your organization’s members/users to access materials on our shelves for discounted amounts or for free pending partnership agreement.
Increase Traffic: Our integration into your facility will increase traffic of our target audience to your facility (including: educators, artists, crafters, art students, families, others).
Rental Fees: Small or nominal fees will be paid to your organization for our use of your space as determined by a partnership agreement.
Workshops: Utilize items from our shelves for workshops that can be planned together or can be used for your current programs.
Support Local Art Making and Artists: You’d be helping to support a non-profit arts organization committed to equalizing access to quality art supplies to the citizens of Regina.

RASE Requirements
Future partners should have close to our current requirements but any of the wish list items below would be highly favourable to RASE.

Operating Hours: hours where we can be open to the public and members to drop-off supplies and buy items from our shelves.

  • Currently: Tues-Fri 9am-4:30pm, manned by CARFAC staff.
  • Wish list: prefer non-business hours – ie: open later in the evening for educators who cannot make it to our facility during working hours. We do not need a lot of hours, for example, 3-4 hours per day would be suitable. If the partner organization cannot help us with day-to-day operations, RASE will organize volunteer shifts to take place during our operating hours.

Space: storage enough for 20 feet of bookshelves, in addition to a table and storage unit for membership sign-ups (and potentially a volunteer for payment), and a 20L container for donation drop-offs.

  • Currently: approx. 120 ft squared of storage.
  • Wish list: approx. 120 ft2 for equipment and an additional space for up to 10 people to participate in a workshop utilizing items from our shelves.

Cleaning: storage for cleaning supplies and access to a sink for additional cleaning up.

  • Currently: we access a small cupboard space under a kitchen sink.
  • Wish list: same as above with a deep basin sink for cleaning donations.

How to Submit Proposals to RASE
Interested organizations should submit their proposals by e-mail to RASE by November 15th at with “Partnership Proposal” in the subject line. Successful proposals will be reviewed by the board and followed up by the Executive Director, Erika Folnović. The e-mail should include the following information for consideration:

Information About Your Organization: name of organization, brief overview of your organization’s mandate/mission, main contact information (name, phone, e-mail)
The Big Question: Why do you want to partner with RASE?
Fitting Our Requirements: Of the three requirements listed (Operating Hours, Space, and Cleaning) what can you offer RASE and for how many potential years of commitment?
Moving: How soon would your organization be able to accommodate RASE in your facility? We are working with a December 16th or sooner complete vacancy date from CARFAC.

I hope to hear from you about this unique partnership opportunity!

Erika Folnović
Executive Director, Regina’s Art Supply Exchange, Inc.