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Stamps Support Blossoms on Giving Blueday 2023

Thanks to the generosity of Stamps donors, a new Sustainable Fibers Garden will take root at the Art & Architecture Building.

On Giving Blueday 2023, the fundraising goal was shattered as the Stamps community of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends rallied to raise money for a variety of initiatives, including the establishment of the Sustainable Fibers Garden. The garden will be home to a variety of plants that will eventually be harvested to make natural dyes, paper, yarn, and more. 

Giving Blueday Stamps 2023; image of yellow flowers and mortar and pestle as plants are being used to make dyes

Preliminary results show that more than 50 donors came together to raise close to $100,000 to support art and design education at U‑M. A few highlights from the day include:

  • $30,000 to support programming and research

  • $25,000 to establish a new scholarship for Pre-College participants attending Stamps

  • More than $20,000 for existing scholarships and student support initiatives

  • Nearly $14,000 to create the Sustainable Fibers Garden

Stamps makers are excited to welcome the Sustainable Fibers Garden to the school. We are so grateful to everyone who came together to support the creation of this important resource,” said Jill Verdier, Director of External Relations and Engagement. Stamps students are passionate about sustainability and look forward to working with the garden to further develop their natural art making practices.”

Everyone who helped make the Sustainable Fibers Garden possible will be welcomed to Stamps to see the impact of their support in action. Watch for more information to be shared soon.

Student Kristina Rogers learned about sustainable art practices at Stamps, and is appreciative that others will have a chance to learn and grow with the addition of the new garden. 

Missed Giving Blueday? You can always support a cause at the Stamps School that you’re passionate about! Make a gift today.