the Linda Quinn Furman Building at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts
"GCCA has completed a $1M fundraising campaign to sustain operations and expand its impact—all in the name of a beloved member of the Greenville arts community. GCCA’s historic Cloth Building at 101 Abney Street will now be named the Linda Quinn Furman Building in honor of one of its founders.
This outpouring of support honors Linda—a dynamic artist, philanthropist, and wife of real estate developer and GCCA board member Earle Furman—in a way that is close to her heart. Her family and friends surprised her with the announcement on August 26 when they stopped by GCCA to view the newly installed signage.
The decision to launch the campaign came in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led the organization to re-evaluate priorities and craft a plan to expand into recently vacated space in the Linda Quinn Furman Building. The goal is to create a new “front door” for the art center, along with additional studios, classrooms, and multi-use space. Funding from the campaign will be used toward this expansion project, as well as to support operating costs and strengthen reserves." -Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, SC
Even before this honor, GCCA was a special place to me. I have been hearing about it from its first planning stages since my parents are some of the founders. My mom and I shared one of the first studio spaces there for 2 years, and I have been teaching jewelry and drawing classes there since its beginning in 2015.
My career was started there, and I have made some of my best friends through the community and its classes. If you have not checked it out, please do! There are great things planned as it continues to grow. The more the merrier! Please come join our community!