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Stipends for beadwork artists during the pandemic

Thank you to those in the community who have asked for a way to help support beadwork artists around the world who are struggling during the pandemic. Here is a direct donation link to our newly created Stipend Fund.

In addition to care packages of beads from the donation from the John Bead Corporation, CGB is distributing financial stipends directly to artists. We have always done this on team, but while we are waiting to publish the new books, I don’t have the funding available to help enough right now and the need is great.

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork is a part of the UnLAB, the non-profit science team I formed with my partner, Charles Chase.

In 2019, we received official 501(c)(3) non-profit status with the IRS, and now seems a good time to mention that as any contributions to this fund are tax-deductible in the US (if your tax circumstances allow for the deduction).

Please feel free to share or forward our link, and again, thank you to all of you who have asked to help me do this; you are so kind. Like any US non-profit, our records of spending and giving will be publicly available at the end of each year.

100% of all funds received from this link will go directly to creators.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

8 comments on “Stipends for beadwork artists during the pandemic

  1. katemckinnon
    December 27, 2020

    Thank you to all who contributed to this, it is so kind. I immediately disbursed everything that came in (almost $2,000) and will follow up with gifts of beads today. We will continue this forward with book revenues; this is a need that will certainly outlive the pandemic.

  2. tessamae5
    December 25, 2020

    Who gets the beads and or money? How do you choose the recipients?

    • katemckinnon
      December 31, 2020

      Hi, and thanks for asking. Right now we have a small amount coming through our hands and are reaching out in our extended global team of collaborators and making sure that people who have contributed so much to our books and open source library. Some of our collaborators are having difficulty completing pieces, or are without income as their shows and classes are cancelled. So all funds received so far have stayed on team – I have given 15 stipends of $250 each, and sent about 25 big packets of beads out around the world.

      When the books come out, though, and we have real money to give, it’s going to be really important to have this be a team effort. I know my own personal votes will always go to people whose work is done in the spirit of sharing information freely, and helping others move forward and learn.

      One of the outreaches I’m also personally excited about is to the Indigenous beading communities around the world, to send beads and invite beaders to collaborations in which we teach, learn and share ancient and new techniques and ideas.

      We will have a whole team on this and an open announcement, so people can propose projects, or submit photos of finished work for purchase, photography or exhibit.

      We are completely non-profit, so it’s exciting to think about all of the things we might be able to do, get started, or collaborate on. Going into schools to teach beadwork is another thing I always like to support.

    December 25, 2020

    The site is charging sales tax?

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

    • katemckinnon
      December 27, 2020

      I hope that I have that corrected now, Janet – I refunded the tax on the few gifts that went through before I fixed it. Thanks for your comment.

      • Denise Prattson
        December 28, 2020

        I am right now trying to make a donation and it is adding tax. 12/28/2020 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Please refund the tax when this comes through. Thank you.

  4. Farah adeeba Mughal
    December 25, 2020

    Hi I hope you are all well and safe. Wishing you a festive season of care joy and safety and a healthy new year. Please could you email a step by step photos of how you made this ring as enjoy the geometric design ASAP. Thank you With Care

    Sent from my iPhone


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