COMMUNITY + GIVING BACK
Giving back to our community is important to us, and we regularly donate our products to school fundraisers, charitable auctions, and disaster relief. We also enjoy donating our time, knowledge, and resources through collaboration with organizations such as Oakland-based Creative Growth. The only way for us to succeed is for our community to succeed.
We are proud to regularly donate to causes close to our heart including Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, We Wield The Hammer, and our local communities’ food banks, LGBTQ+ organizations, and schools.
CREATIVE GROWTH is a non-profit organization based in Oakland, California that advances the inclusion of artists with developmental disabilities in contemporary art by providing a professional studio environment and gallery representation. Founded in 1974, Creative Growth is a leader in the field of arts and disabilities, establishing a model for a creative community guided by the principle that art is fundamental to human expression and that all people are entitled to its tools of communication.
WE WIELD THE HAMMER
Started in 2019, We Wield the Hammer was founded by Oakland metal artist Karen Smith after an apprenticeship in Dakar, Senegal. Karen was a "sensation" as the only woman in her workshop, in a country where the craft of metalsmithing traditionally passes from father to son, and the saying goes that "women do not wield the hammer.” Karen returned to Oakland and established We Wield the Hammer to buck this paradigm, offering training and support to young women of African descent who are interested in a career as a metalsmith. The 8-week program is free to participants and offers training in fabrication, design, and the business of jewelry making.
ALAMEDA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
Alameda County Community Food Bank passionately pursues a hunger-free community. For over 35 years, they have stood by the unwavering belief that food is a basic human right. ACCFB distributes millions of healthy meals every year, and they are on the forefront of new approaches to ending hunger and poverty.
MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center — has devoted more than 135 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and outstanding educational programs. Today, they are one of 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with state-of-the-art science flourishing side by side with clinical studies and treatment. The close collaboration between MSK physicians and scientists is a unique strength, with education programs training future physicians and scientists. The knowledge and experience they gain at Memorial Sloan Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and biomedical research around the world.
S.F. AND L.A. PRIDE FOUNDATIONS
In a typical year, the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, welcomes nearly one million attendees to the Celebration and Parade, the heart of Pride month festivities in San Francisco. From the rainbow flags that line Market Street for the entire month of June to our commanding Main Stage at the steps of City Hall, San Francisco Pride is one of the largest LGBTQ+ gatherings in the world, with more than 20 community-produced stages and venues. SFLGBTPC uses the Celebration, Parade, and other events to educate, commemorate, and continue the struggle for true liberation — as well as to raise much-needed money for fellow non-profits across the Bay Area.
Christopher Street West, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Best known for producing the LA Pride Parade & Festival, CSW also organizes, sponsors or supports other community events throughout the year, and works with their nonprofit, philanthropic, community and corporate partners to further diversity, equity and inclusion.
BUILD A NEST
Nest is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) supporting the responsible growth and creative engagement of the artisan and maker economy to build a world of greater gender equity and economic inclusion. Through programs that support the wellbeing of artisans both in the United States and globally, Nest is bringing radical transparency and opportunity to the informal handworker economy. ESQUELETO is proud to sponsor and serve as a mentor for Nest’s Jewelry Fellowship Program.
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