Local artist is inspired by the Slifka Program in intercommunal Coexistence
After reading about the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence in the Boston Globe a few months ago, Concord based artist Ellie Garber felt inspired. Always a proponent of peace building through education, and a deeply political person, she had been looking for a way to connect her business to a larger human service. Garber’s business, Ellie and Friends, represents 40 artists and small manufacturers of jewelry, crafts, candles, and other fine goods, and now donates a portion of their profits to the Slifka program. Adding a greater social dimension to her business was always a priority for Ellie, and she hopes other small businesses will follow her example, as demonstrated in the mission statement, “we are committed to doing business in a responsible and thoughtful way.” Additionally, she has been involved with gathering donations from other local establishments for the Committee to End Elder Homelessness.
Ellie originally became connected to Brandeis University as a student teacher at the Lemberg Center during her undergraduate education at Wheelock College. Fritz Garber, her mother, is largely responsible for Ellie’s commitment to peace through education. Ellie described her mother as her best friend and spiritual partner who ardently believed in never giving up on the possibility of peace. The line of products whose proceeds benefit the Slifka Program is named in memory of Fritz.
This initiative has yielded significant success thus far, and Ellie and Friends is considering adding new products to this line for peace education. Candlemaker Catherine Banghart and Robert More of Red Horseshoe Papers are two of the primary artists of this line. The Slifka Program looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Ellie and Friends.
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