Matt Olson, Copy Editor
SCRAP Masquerade Ball
Saturday Nov. 7, local arts and craft store SCRAP Denton will play host to its annual Masquerade Ball. The event will take place at the Denton Woman’s Club at 610 Oakland Street, at 7 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 while tickets purchased at the door will be $14, the cost of which covers food and drink for the evening.
Director of SCRAP Denton Kari Meyercord-Westerman said of the event: “There is going to be a lot going on at the Masquerade Ball. There’s a mask and costume contest. The theme is ‘Roaring Twenties.’”
She added: “There will be a silent auction with goods and gift certificates donated from people from all over the community. There will be live music, and we’ll have be a photo booth set up. We’ll sell masks for people who were unable to make them before.”
The event is held as a fundraiser for SCRAP Denton itself. Meyercord-Westerman said: “Proceeds from this [event] are to help us keep our lights on and help us keep doing what we’re doing.”
She elaborated: “It’s going to be a ton of fun. A lot of people have put in a lot of time and money to make this a fun event. Hopefully we’re going to raise a ton of money for SCRAP Denton so that we can continue our mission.”
SCRAP Denton has been a part of the community for a number of years. The SCRAP organization began in 1999 in Portland, Oregon.
SCRAP Denton’s mission statement, as detailed on its Facebook page, is to “[inspire] creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by offering educational programs and affordable materials to the community.”
Much of the materials offered by SCRAP Denton has been donated by members of the community for reuse. SCRAP Denton offers not only a low-cost option for artistic and creative members of the community but also a means to get rid of unused or unwanted materials through donation. On its website, SCRAP Denton states that the organization “diverted over 17 tons of usable materials from the waste stream last year.”
Meyercord-Westerman shared: “SCRAP gives people from all socioeconomic backgrounds the chance to get involved and make art and create art. I wanted to be somewhere that has that kind of mission, the belief that art should be for everyone.”
Meyercord-Westerman has recently begun her position with SCRAP Denton. She said of her experience so far: “I like it a lot. There’s a lot to learn, but SCRAP is a vibrant place and a vibrant community, and I’m really enjoying it a lot.”
For more information about SCRAP Denton and the Masquerade Ball, visit www.scrapdenton.org or visit the SCRAP Denton Facebook page.