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Students to display artwork at new MMA Marketplace

Posted on October 16th, 2009

Mennonite Mutual Aid (MMA) and Mennonite Financial Federal Credit Union are showcasing a revolving exhibit in collaboration with Eastern Mennonite University art students at the new MMA office at 841 Mount Clinton Pike. The public is welcome to view the more than a dozen student art pieces on display 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, as part of the grand opening of the new Common Good Marketplace.

EMU student Kathryn Hamilton
Kathryn Hamilton stands near her artwork, now showcased in a revolving exhibit in the new MMA Marketplace.

Each piece of art is identified with the title, artist name, a price, and contact information. A new collection will be featured every three months. A variety of mediums are represented – from photography and paintings to mixed media and print pieces. Works by art professors are also included in the exhibit.

“This collaboration gives the students a chance to exhibit their talents and showcase their work,” said Stephen Cavanaugh, managing director of the MMA office in Harrisonburg. “And, it allows us to create a unique and welcoming experience for our members and visitors.”

MMA* and Mennonite Financial are strategic partners working together to provide the community with financial and banking services that help people integrate their finances with their faith.

Original art in work areas

EMU art professor Cyndi Gusler
Cyndi Gusler, EMU professor and chairwoman of the visual and communication arts department, is pictured here near her artwork now featured in the new exhibit.

“MMA and Mennonite Financial were very kind to open up the office to this exhibit,” said Cyndi Gusler, EMU professor and chairwoman of the university’s Visual and Communication Arts department. “This collaboration also gives the staff an opportunity to hang original art in their work areas.”

The event will also feature food and family activities – and personnel will be on hand to answer questions. “We are excited to join other like-minded organizations that share our values at the Common Good Marketplace,” Cavanaugh said. “We also look forward to serving the community and being a good neighbor.”

A number of specials will be available through Oct. 23 because of the grand opening celebration, Cavanaugh said. MMA and Mennonite Financial will make contributions to the Mennonite Central Committee’s food drive every time someone opens a new account or when a business owner meets with a representative about a group health plan quote.

Regular hours for MMA and Mennonite Financial are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

More about MMA

MMA helps people and groups integrate their finances with faith values through its insurance and financial services. Rooted in the Anabaptist faith tradition, MMA also offers practical stewardship education and tools to individuals, congregations, organizations, and businesses. To learn more, visit MMA-online.org or call (800) 348-7468. *Advisory services and securities offered through ProEquities Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC.

Mennonite Financial Federal Credit Union is a full-service cooperative credit union chartered to serve members of the Anabaptist community throughout the United States. With the once-a-member, always-a-member policy, Mennonite Financial also provides financial services to members who are now scattered throughout the world. To learn more, visit www.mennonitefinancial.com.

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