Maytag Salutes: Bailey Allred
03 May, 2014
Raleigh, North Carolina
Why We’re Saluting Bailey
Bailey Allred’s passion for children’s art museums, volunteering at local schools and coaching softball led her to building something great for her community. Last year, Bailey began running a nonprofit organization, cleverly named Canstruction, that holds annual design/build competitions to construct giant sized structures made entirely out of canned food. Architectural firms teamed up with local galleries and businesses to build eight structures made completely out of canned food. This event she led last year generated 27,000 lbs of food for the food bank.
Bailey volunteers with a number of organization in her community, including leading a Green Apple Day of Service event for local schools, helps bring architectural, art, and sustainability focused projects to K-5 students, volunteers with the young architects forum through the American Institute of Architects Triangle Branch, and coaches an 8-10 year old girls’ softball league.
When asked about giving back to her community, Bailey says, “The more we give to our community the more we get back. I feel like I have a responsibility to be involved. My community was there for me growing up and I feel like I need to be there for mine now.”
Bailey points out that many of the organizations she volunteers with are important to her for a number of reasons. “Canstruction is very dear to my heart. The creativity embodied with this event not only shows the generosity of the design profession, but is a unique way for good design to reach the public. It generates incredible visual icons that create awareness for art, design, and hunger relief.”
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