The Damascus Fiber Arts School operated as a small business for 15 years, until Audrey Moore retired. It looked like the school might close forever, so a group of dedicated weavers got together to save it by forming a non-profit with a Board of Directors. The Board chose the non-profit organization platform to more fully meet the needs of its community and to honor the traditions Audrey had begun.
Damascus Fiber Arts School is a new Oregon non-profit formed in 2020 to promote awareness and appreciation of the art and craft of hand weaving, as well as the opportunity to learn hand weaving and related activities such as spinning and dyeing. All of our activities and events are open to the public. We are a community resource.
Our main activity is to offer classes at all levels, from introductory classes to advanced and specialty classes. We also organize intensive workshops taught by nationally and internationally known practitioners. In addition, we provide ongoing support to local practitioners by having a public open studio space with looms available for use, as well as rental looms. We also maintain a limited supply of materials available for purchase the students and our community.
Damascus Fiber Arts School organizes lecture and presentations by nationally recognized artists as well as local artists.
Finally, Damascus Fiber Arts School does demonstrations at public events and small exhibits of local work in libraries and other public venues in the Portland metropolitan area and nearby local communities.
The Board of Directors serve as volunteers.
- President: Kiki Dembrow
- Vice-President: Margaret Jeppesen
- Secretary: Beth Scarth
- Communications Officer: Sandra Hamilton
- Treasurer: Candace Pratt
- Advisor: Terry Olson
Here is the link to our official Mission Statement and Purpose.
This is a link to the Damascus Fiber Arts School–Community Financial Report 2020 and 2021. Questions can be addressed to Treasurer@DamascusFiberArtsSchool.com.