Thank you to all our supporters, volunteers, partners and donors who helped us increase our training capacity. In 2016, we perfected our apparel production training program by welcoming a growing number of technical experts and experienced teachers in our team. We trained more than 30 motivated adults and non native English learners coming from all over the world: Afghanistan, Mexico, Burma, Vietnam, Somalia etc.
Muses Conscious Apparel Factory LAB:
- Thanks to our partnership with Seattle Housing Authority and the support of the Kresge Foundation, we launched a new experimental training program that aims at teaching customization sewing techniques (basic alterations) to local artisans coming from various ethnic backgrounds.
- In collaboration with Seattle Made, Muses joined the Seattle Sewn Initiative to set up an experimental freelance sewing studio.
- In January 2017, we will be launching our first paid internship in partnership with Outdoor Research!
Muses Advocacy Work:
- In 2016, we pursued our advocacy work to help our students know their rights, by partnering with legal adviser such as Fair Work Center, a fantastic local non-profit that offers pro-Bono legal services to workers.
- We integrated leadership classes in our curriculum.
In 2017, will work hard to achieve the following goals:
- Offer up-cycling workshops for local artisans and any conscious local makers interested in re-purposing their garments or belongings
- Certify our training program
- Secure funding to recruit a full-time Executive Director, and Lead Instructors. These past 3 years, our passionate volunteers have been working very hard to get Muses off the ground, it is now time to welcome new staff members in our team.
Please, spread the word, we need you!
If you want to volunteer, here are currents opening:
- Social Media experts in charge of managing Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter...
- Product Development and sale representatives: We want to produce little "goodies" to promote our cause. We would like to sell Muses made items, in local gift shops and boutiques, we need help is designing a meaningful, up-cycled products, made by local makers
- Program certification consultant with expertise in sustainable and responsible manufacturing practices and worker training.
- Teachers with experience in industrial sewing
- ESL experts or teachers with experience teaching adults learners and non-native English learners
Donations are also welcome! Click on the following link to support our work! DONATE
2016, was a tumultuous year, but our hopes are stronger than ever.
"We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives"
Mahnaz Afkhami, Iranian-American Human Rights Activist
Wishing you peace, love and laughter to you, your friends and families.