- Visiting Artist
- Nina Chanel Abney
The first visiting artist in the Ruby is Chicago-born painter Nina Chanel Abney, whose large-scale paintings take on some of today’s most pressing social justice issues.
Take a walk to the Scrap Exchange with its director, Ann Woodward, and learn about this unique Durham institution, its current expansion, and how repurposing connects with social entrepreneurship and socially conscious urban development.
The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. Since 1991, we have been collecting materials from local businesses and residents and distributing these reclaimed resources to educators, artists, makers, and students through a variety of programs.The organization is an economic engine for entrepreneurial activity built around materials reuse and waste-recovery. It creates green jobs and workforce development opportunities through a range of community partnerships. Our creative reuse arts center contains a retail store, an art gallery, a Design Center to host classes, a Make N Take classroom for open studio art-making, and much more.