Ozarts Center for the Arts is now accepting old computers, working or not, for refurbishing and recycling, to raise money for the art center located in the historic Grand View Hotel. Ozarts will break electronics down, speed them up for resale, and recycle unusable parts. Donations are tax deductible and help support continuing education and the arts in Carroll County.
"We will accept all computers, working or not," says Ozarts Director, Alexander Virden. "We can also use related components like printers, routers, cables, and working CRT monitors.
"This is a great opportunity for our area and a chance to recycle equipment that is often hard to get rid of," Virden continued. "And by recycling, donors can be a part of the center for the arts, just by letting us haul away their old computers. Computers that are viable will be refurbished and all hard drives will have File Shredder run on them to completely wipe them of data.
"These computers will either be sold to raise money for the Ozarts computer lab, or will be given to people in need who do not have a computer. Computers that are no longer viable will be disassembled and scrapped completely, with nothing going to land fill."
Ozarts Center for the Arts was formed in 2007 to support the Visual Arts and Music in Carroll County by providing training and access to performing venues for its artists and more access to the performing arts for its people. Ozarts produced the Circle the Square Summer Concert Series several years ago to help revive the town's tradition of music on the square, and currently sponsors the Berryville Hootenanny every Friday night from 7 to 9 pm in the Historic Grand View Hotel Ball Room.
"The Hootenanny is a great way to offer musicians a performance venue, and a chance to socialize and play with other musicians," Virden says. "And, of course, to offer live music performances for the public."
Ozarts has recently aligned with the Carroll County Literacy Council to offer classes on film production, video editing, sound production, graphic design, and computer animation. Students who lack computer equipment will be able to use donated and repaired equipment.
For more information visit the Ozarts website or call (870) 654-3231.