Fair State Cooperates November: Free Arts Minnesota

Creativity plays a big part in beer. Without it, we probably wouldn’t be drinking kettle sours and it’s almost certain that our house lactobacillus strain used in the Roselle wouldn’t exist. No creativity means no great collaboration beers like Dr. Spaceman and Spirit Foul. And let’s face it, Pahlay’Ahlay sounds far better than Beer No. 465.

free arts mn volunteersNeedless to say, we at Fair State believe in creativity. So in the month of November, we partnered with an organization that cares deeply about creativity: Free Arts Minnesota.

Free Arts Minnesota is an organization that has been providing art mentorship to youth at residential treatment centers, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters and community centers in low-income neighborhoods since 1997.

Though the program was started over 30 years ago by an Art Therapist in Los Angeles, it was brought to Minnesota in 1997 as a project of the Junior League of Minneapolis. These days, Free Arts reaches over 2,000 youth at 25+ different partner sites in Minnesota. And in 2018, Free Arts will be partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to expand their program, and Follow The Art.

Currently, Free Arts runs three main programs for the community youth to inspire creativity and artistic expression: a weekly mentorship program, CREATE Workshops, and Free Arts Days. The mentorship program adopts team style mentorship, which allows kids a more pressure-free and flexible environment with different mentors. Each week, there are over 40 groups that meet throughout the community.

The CREATE Workshops offer more time-flexible artistic opportunities to children through a semi-regular arts mentorship program. This program is especially helpful for families who are not in permanent housing and may not be able to commit to a weekly mentorship program. Lastly, Free Arts Days provide outside community organizations and businesses to work with kids as part of an Art Buddies program.

Members

Earlier this month, Fair State took a group of members, patrons and staff to People Serving People in Minneapolis to join Free Arts Minnesota in an afternoon of creation. As art buddies, each volunteer was paired with a child to work on a specific art project together, under a “game” theme. Volunteers and kids rotated to different stations creating puzzles, ring tosses, and chess games.

Since Free Arts Minnesota is a non-profit organization and entirely free for the kids to participate in, having both volunteers and enough funding is an essential part of making the mission possible. With that, we’d like to thank our Cooperators for joining us in volunteering and for helping support our community.

Want to help even more? All month long, we’re donating 10% of all CROWLER sales to Free Arts Minnesota. Bring a CROWLER home to help support them and let’s all get creative.

Donate Your Discount

In the last 18 months, our Fair State Cooperates program has successfully donated thousands of dollars to our nonprofit partners. As the brewery and our membership expands, so does our community-based initiative.

When we first launched FSC, $1 from every growler and $.50 from every 750ml purchase went to our partner of the month. This Spring we began the transition to CROWLERs, and with it, increased giving. Now, 10% of all CROWLER and growler sales go to our nonprofit partner.

Recently, we decided to change this yet again. The idea did not come from us, however. I was playing around with the new CROWLER 3 pack carriers, trying to design a 9 pack holder, and ultimately succeeding. A couple member-owners sitting at the bar could see the pride I had in my invention, and thus decided to give it a test by purchasing nine CROWLERs of IPA. For those of you that do not yet know, every time you purchase three CROWLERs in the taproom, there is a $2 price break. This couple just so happened to have a $6 break on their purchase. Instead of pocketing their discount, they asked if the savings could be passed on to the month’s Cooperates partner. Charlie and I looked at each other, and said “yes, we’ll figure something out.” Shortly thereafter, a few of us had a sit-down, and figured out how we can make such an occurrence a standard option.


Introducing Donate Your Discount!
Now, any time you have some sort of price break in your taproom purchase, you can elect to pay full price and pass the savings along to the month’s selected nonprofit partner. The most common ways this will be used is for $2 off CROWLER 3 packs, or $1 off pints during member happy hour. By default, we will always give you the discount. Only if you state “I would like to donate my discount” will we charge full price, and pass along your donation.

The Donate Your Discount program will operate in addition to the existing 10% of sales donations.

– Davin