Totes created by the fINdings Women’s Project.
This year at the 25th Anniversary of the NCFL, participates will receive a “Tote” created by the fINdings Women’s Project organization.
The idea came up during the regular Wednesday meeting of the fINdings Women’s Project organization. They meet each week to share ideas, techniques and discuss the latest creative product creations.
“IMAGINE 1000 people will be carrying our totes at the 25th Anniversary of the National Center for Families Learning Conference. Now imagine our totes will go home to every state in the United States!”
This is how the conversation began at the launch of the next fINdings Women’s Project during a regular Wednesday gathering. Each week the women meet to share ideas, techniques, and the latest creative product creations.
The Women’s project was established as a next step process after the women had come to school with their children to learn English and earn their high school diplomas at the Meyler Adult and Family Learning Center in Torrance, California. “OK, Teacher, we’ve learned English, but now we need more, we need jobs” was the plea of many of the mothers.
At the same time, the fINdings Art Center established the fINdings Women’s Project as a non-profit organization to “provide women of diverse ethnic heritage the opportunity to design and produce art pieces; enabling them to discover their creative capabilities and entrepreneurial skills fostering personal growth that will enrich their lives, contribute to their families and benefit society.
Executive Director and founder of fINdings Art Center, Inc., Annette Ciketic, is an accomplished artist, teacher, and founder and former director of Meyler Adult and Family Learning Center. Currently, she is coordinator of the fINdings Women’s Project and Community Service Learning Adviser and adjunct professor at Marymount California University. “Engaging families and students and empowering women” is the heart of her work.