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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Make the Cut: Greenwood Businesses Join Together in support of idea`09 Summer Camp

Despite an unusually dry economic climate, Greenwood businesses are putting their green thumbs up to growing arts programming for youth, teens & families this summer. On consecutive Mondays, July 13th & 20th from 4pm-9pm, the Steven Cole Salon at 8408 Greeenwood Ave. N., will facilitate "Make The Cut," a creative benefit event involving over fifteen Greenwood businesses, art exhibitions, silent auctions and services by Steve Cole Salon and Greenwood Academy of Hair at 8501 Greenwood Ave. N.

Funding raised by Make the Cut will directly support idea`09 programming costs, youth scholarships, and the construction of the camp's new 25 foot greenhouse, educational garden and bicycle studio. Hair cuts, highlights, color, brow arches, skin care*, and other preferred services will be provided at cost with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the new idea`09 summer arts camp at The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club. The event will also include door prizes, hors d'oeuvers compliments of Olive You & The Upper Crust, a youth photography exhibition at The Green Bean Coffee House, as well as a silent auction featuring art and photography by local artists, and gift certificates for neighborhood restaurants and shops.

Steven Cordell, the salon's founder and Greenwood Academy of Hair owner, held a silent auction in 2006 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County raising $2,800 for youth programming. Enthusiastic about idea`09 Summer Camp's unique potential to positively impact Greenwood youth, teens and families with sustainable arts programming, he pre-enrolled his 3 children and initiate d facilitating Make The Cut by advertising the camp to clients and garnering support from Greenwood businesses. "I'm passionate about our community supporting youth and local artists. Giving back to the community is rewarding..."

idea`09 Summer Camp = inventing + designing environmental art, provides earthficient art workshops for youth and teens from June 22nd - August 28th. idea`s Youth Cycle program (ages 6-12) enables youth to discover connections by: 1. facilitating workshops & resources connecting healthy choices with healthy lives, 2. providing opportunities to discover ways life cycles affect their environment; by exploring sources & processes of common materials & food, and 3. facilitating activities encouraging creative problem solving & application of academic concepts in everyday contexts. idea`s Teen Studio (ages 13-19) cultivates sustainable creativity by: 1. facilitating workshops providing sustainable creative tools, techniques & resources, 2. providing opportunities to collaborate with creative professionals; artists, designers, photographers & engineers, and 3. facilitating connections with a local creative community; via guest speakers, events, and community art shows.

Workshop topics include:
graphic design, digital photography fieldtrips, world crafts, eco-challenges, jewelry and purse making, culinary arts, music recording, ceramics, green living, how to start an on-line art e-business, web-based video/audio/visual/literary portfolios, plus field trips to local art venues and artist studios. During the summer, workshops are 2hrs in duration, scheduled M-F 10am-noon & 1pm-3pm, with an early care option from 7am-10am, and free Friday nights teen late night activities for club members, ideal time frames for working families. The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club charges an affordable $75 a week to participate in idea`09 during the summer, and only $15 annual membership during the school year.

Whether it's your passion for youth, the arts, or a hankering to attend to your split ends, "Make the Cut" gives you an opportunity to join Greenwood's colorful community in their efforts to make a positive impact supporting local youth, teens, creativity and the environment!

To participate in Make The Cut, call either The Steve Cole Salon @ 206.783.8900 www.stevencolesalon.com or The Greenwood Academy of Hair @ 206.782.0220 www.gahseattle.com for an appointment, or information about the silent auction; walk-ins will be welcome.

To view details pertaining to idea`s youth cycle and teen studio workshop schedules, register on-line, discover ways to volunteer, or learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, visit www.idea09.webs.com or e-mail idea09.nsbgc@gmail.com.

*= Skin care service provided for "Make The Cut" available at Greenwood Academy location only.