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MNFashion Member Drive

7 Apr

Allison Quinnell at Voltage: Fashion Amplified! 2009

In the world of non-profits, memberships are as necessary as important to the success of the organization as seeds are to farming. MNFashion, the non-profit behind MN Fashion Week and the annual Voltage: Fashion Amplified! blowout announced yesterday that they were launching a Founder’s Member Drive, seeking 100 new members in order to receive a $10,000 matching grant from the Pohlad Foundation. It is not the first time the Pohlad Foundation has helped out MNFashion, they were the granting organization that has made the holiday pop-up store in Gaviidae Commons possible the last two years. the press release went out yesterday and the final details on how to join will soon be available on the MNFashion website, but in good member drive fashion, they aren’t skimping on the giveaways: the first 45 people to join get a gift bag from Gigi’s Guide (valued at a $100), consulting time with MNFashion chief Anna Lee, invitations to closed-door events and that halo of prestige that comes with being in on something. Membership is $50, and just follow the link to join.

Obviously, MNFashion’s most visible contribution to the Twin Cities fashion & design communities is Fashion Week, culminating with Voltage (Friday, April 16th at First Avenue) but the organization has plans for much more, from business consulting for designers to talent development to a sewing co-op. With a sweet new office/work space in Northeast and this new member drive to get their footing solid, what started with a late night drunk joke about mixing rock and roll with a fashion show just might turn into a sustainable support system for all kinds of artists. If you want to support MNFashion further, there are two opportunities tonight, with an preview party tonight at Spill The Wine from 7-10pm to mix and mingle and then taking over Transmission at Club Jaeger at 10 for the CD listening party. If you were looking for something to do on your Wednesday night, now you got it.

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