The International Fiber Collaborative (IFC)
Founded in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) and with established roots in Huntsville, Alabama and Topeka, Kansas, develops community programs that create collaborative opportunities in the arts and civic engagement.
IFC programs link learning and creativity in the arts to science, math, engineering, and the humanities. We have successfully generated participation from schools, groups, and individuals in approximately 515 cities, 50 states, and 19 countries. Public programming has been a catalyst for creativity in health care facilities, libraries, schools, museums, and other locations, and has generated about 18,528 art submissions collected from an estimated 13,058 individuals as part of three major projects.
2008 Gas Station Wrap
Individuals from 17 countries and more than 2,500 grade school students in 29 states worked together to cover a Citgo station. Our goal is to engage the public; we support innovative projects that bring individuals together in efforts that strengthen everyone’s sense of community.
2009 Tree Project
The Tree Project engaged more than 8,000 students, 62 schools, and quilters from 23 countries and 39 states. Participants submitted over 14,000 handmade leaves for the canopy, mimicking the shape of a live oak. All leaves were photographed and posted online for the public to enjoy.
Image of the Tree Project being installed in its permanent home, the rotunda of the Earlyworks Children's Museum in Huntsville, Alabama. About one in four participants submitted photographs for inclusion in our online platforms such as our website, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.