Heather Fromkin originally intended to go to school for environmental studies but quickly found sculpting and fell in love with the arts. The slogan of her studio is “2C or not 2C the need to design with our planet in mind and teach these techniques to all.” 2Creative Community Inc. was created to combine her two passions: sustainability and the arts.
The studio is off the beaten bath in Winooski, Vermont. Fromkin is working with the local school district to encourage students to attend environmentally-friendly art workshops at 2C. “This grant was a great opportunity to bring sustainable design workshops to the forefront,” Fromkin said.
The first project is to create a bike that can power a blender to make smoothies. “We are trying to create a conversation about food and sustainability.” Similar projects include creating an awning out of recycled rain gutters to plant strawberries and crafting tabletop greenhouses from wood and used windows. Fromkin also wants to conduct workshops to teach students about organic gardening and composting. In addition to these workshops, 2C has a multitude of other activities. Fromkin has organized a Sunday market to represent local artists and farmers, Spoken Word Sundays, Monday Night Movies, and more.
“There is also a part of me that wants to build a tiny house,” she said. This has been a long-term goal of Fromkin’s. She would like to build it in the parking lot and have it for artist residencies. She wants to host artists from all over the world to spread the message of positivity and sustainability through the arts. Fromkin has found the majority of collaborators by simply going out and talking to like-minded people; however, she does the majority of work for 2C herself. When asked what challenges she faces she said, “there are just not enough hours in the day.”
“I am so excited about this grant,” she gushed. It can be difficult to make the arts entirely eco-conscious. Some painters prefer to paint with acrylic over oil. Oil is natural and acrylic is plastic. “I don’t want to say no to an artist. Part of what we are trying to do is create a safe place and to help people find the art that fills them. However, this grant will help bring sustainability back to the forefront.”