On November 29th, Giving Tuesday is Here…

 đźŹ­ Please Support The Patch Works! đźŹ­

Next year, in 2023, The Patch Works will be actively looking for its new home! This effort might include building one from the ground up, which would entail seeking capital campaign funding. At this time, however, the center is asking for assistance in covering its current, 2023 overhead costs, which total $10,000 a year. The costs are for:

  • Collections Storage
  • Internet and Phone Services
  • Insurance

Even without its brick-and-mortar museum, The Patch Works has been fully committed to preserving the stories of historic Cabbagetown Atlanta and keeping the community’s residents engaged. Between its educational online content, collaborations with other leading preservation organizations, support of neighborhood projects and live events, and guided walking tours, The Patch Works continues to excel. In 2022, the art and history center:

  • Received a Historical Marker From the Georgia Historical Society: Once a year, the Georgia Historical Society offers a highly competitive, statewide program that awards a few lucky historic sites with its official marker. Applicants submit a research paper, from which a panel of judges determines whether the subject matter is worthy of this honor. The Patch Works’ paper focused on Jacob Elsas and Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills and their impact on the State of Georgia, the United States, and even the world. The historical marker will be installed in May 2023, outside the gates of The Mill.
  • Supported Neighborhood Events: Cabbagetown is one of the most vibrant communities in Atlanta. It takes great pride in its community-building activities, many of which are attended by the general public and focus on topics that extend well beyond Cabbagetown’s borders. Forward Warrior, the Sophie Scholl Mural ProjectChomp and Stomp, and the Cabbagetown Concert Series are just some examples. In addition, The Patch Works once again co-hosted the Cabbagetown Reunion Day Festival, which returned to its traditional location on Carroll Street for the first time since 2019.
  • Supported and Collaborated with Atlanta’s Students, Educators, and Historic Organizations: Several times in 2022, The Patch Works assisted Georgia State University students and professors with historical and architectural research. In addition, The Patch Works supported Historic Oakland Foundation on its Membership Drives, by offering guided walking tours and participating in live events at Oakland Cemetery. Also in 2022, The Patch Works teamed up with the Atlanta Preservation Center, Easements Atlanta, Historic Oakland Foundation, NPU-N, Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association, The Stacks Condominium Owners Association, and representatives of the City of Atlanta to act as a Consulting Party, arguing against an invasive telecommunications tower that could very well damage historic preservation efforts in the community for many years to come. For more information on this topic, please contact The Patch Works directly.
  • Wrote the Foreword to an Upcoming Book: Author and Professor Lisa Russell contacted The Patch Works for assistance on her new book, Lost Mills of Fulton County. After some great conversations with Nina and Jacob, she then honored them by asking if The Patch Works would compose the Foreword to the book. Her book should be published in early 2023.
  • Co-Chaired The Stacks Arts & Artifacts Committee: The Stacks – the name of the condominium side of the rehabilitated Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills – has created a committee that is focusing on improving how the history of The Mill is presented to the public (by adding more artifacts, photos, didactic signage, etc.). In addition, it will install art exhibits around the mill community. The goal is to create a space that truly offers the rich history of The Mill to all who enter.
  • Offered Walking Tours of The Mill and Cabbagetown:  The Patch Works started offering regular guided tours once again, participating in collaborative events such as the Atlanta Preservation Center’s annual Phoenix Flies, and giving private tours to groups such as Alpha Delta Kappa, the International Honorary Organization for Women Educators.
  • Wrote History Articles for the Cabbagetown Neighbor:  Since 2021, The Patch Works has been writing informative yet fun history articles for Cabbagetown’s monthly newsletter, the Cabbagetown Neighbor. Who says learning can’t be enjoyable???
  • Added More Digital Content to its Website: more videos, photos, history articles, and news!

For more information on the projects currently in development, please feel free to contact us at The Patch Works!

The Patch Works Art & History Center is a US 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization and a 509(a)(2) Public Charity. Donors can deduct contributions made to The Patch Works under IRC Section 170.