Art Restart Blog
Change is in the Air! August 17, 2018 12:01
Art Restart welcomes a new team member this month, Kierra Aiello, Business Development Associate. Kierra will be focusing on social media presence and business expansion so that we can help even more women with art opportunities and product royalties. Make sure to look for Kierra at Art Restart pop-up shops around Denver, and come introduce yourself!
Every change in the workplace, including bringing on new employees like Kierra to help, can create stress and high levels of emotion in the workplace. For this reason, we wanted to share “10 Tips for Dealing with Change Positively in Your workplace.” The article focuses on strategies to navigate transition periods and fear with a smile on your face (or at least without letting anxiety get the best of you).
Some of our favorite tips:
“3. Confront your feelings and seek support.”
We love this tip because it’s used every day by the wonderful women at The Gathering Place. Art Restart seeks to help develop a community where TGP members and employees alike can fully recognize their feelings and receive the support they need.
“5. Be flexible and embracing of change.”
Accepting an environment of change can help to relax the situation. This sense of calm can then be transferred to people in the same work environment or our loved ones so that everyone feels more comfortable. Even the way things change can change, so it’s good to remind yourself and others to limber up and stay flexible!
Read “10 Tips for Dealing with Change Positively in Your workplace” by Ban Weston, and leave a comment on this page to let us know your favorite tip!
Stationery Sets Continue to Sell December 19, 2016 08:30 1 Comment
Holiday markets fill our evenings and weekends this time of the year. We had the honor of being a vendor at the Ellevate and Colorado Ivy+ Women’s Jingle & Mingle event. On Thursday, December 8, I packed up our stationery sets and headed to One Cheeseman Place.
Immediately, I was welcomed into the space by the coordinators of the event. It was myself and a Carly Oduardo, a vendor with Threads Worldwide. With our displays set up, we chatted about social enterprise and how both of the business we represent give back to communities. The jewelry was just as beautiful as the mission of Threads Worldwide. I placed the cards on the table and throughout the night, I invited attendees to flip through the Colorado, Holiday and Transformation Collections.
As the event started, I met women who are CEOs, business owners, and engineers. The room buzzed with conversation between women just beginning their careers and others who have worlds of experience.
Each woman at the event made a point to stop at the vendor tables and ask us about our organizations. Most of them walked away with at least one stationery set. They were drawn to the table by the beautiful artwork, but to them, buying cards from Art Restart was more than the beautiful image--it was a way to support other women.
Before the guests entered, I snapped a photo and posted it to the Art Restart Instagram. December 12, we saw my photo on the 5280 Get Involved page! Abbey White says, "Picking the perfect holiday card can be tough. But picking up a one-of-a-kind card that benefits a local nonprofit is easy." Abbey is absolutely right. Any time you're looking for a card, holiday or general greeting, you can benefit the artists that come to The Gathering Place.
Our stationery sets are a regular product for Art Restart now, so consider buying them for your year-round greeting card needs!
Impress Your Host with Gifts This Holiday December 05, 2016 08:04
The holidays are here. As holiday party invites flood your inbox, you're left wondering what you should bring the host. A bottle of wine or some chocolates is a good option, but I have new host gifts and stocking stuffers for this year: packs of cards from Art Restart!
We've added three stationery sets to our Art Restart catalog. The Holiday Collection, the Colorado Collection and the Transformation Collection contain eight cards with four designs from various artists.
Stuffing stockings or bringing a host one of the packs is a unique gift they’ll be able to share with others. The joyous cards in the Holiday Collection deliver holiday cheer. Twin Snowmen and Gold Trees by EHS, Mountain Cornucopia by JJJ and Snow Storm by VEC brighten the mailboxes of those you know.
You can give them the Colorado Collection so they can send a piece of Colorado in the mail. This collection has four iconic Colorado scenes and includes Blue Two by SAM, A View of City Park by VEC, Buffalo by CLM and Aspen Sky by WA.
In the spirit of the approaching year, you could choose the Transformation Collection and transform lives with a greeting for every season. This collection includes Aspen Sky and Colorado Dreaming by WA, Spring Bouquet by CFF and Poolside by CLM.
Whether you’re looking for holiday cards or something for every season, our greeting card collections have what you need.
To order a collection, contact Teresa or Ashley.
Teresa Densmore, Director of Art Restart
Ashley Waterman, Business Development & Marketing Associate for Art Restart
Interested in putting together your own collection? We can arrange that as well!
The Holiday Giving Is Just Beginning November 28, 2016 07:30
Most of us begin thinking about the holidays the minute the leaves start to turn yellow, orange, and red. Holiday decorations often fill the shelves before Halloween. After we’ve had our fill of turkey on Thanksgiving, many people rush to the stores to get the best deals on holiday gifts, but each year, more and more people are opting to relax with their family and shop the online deals.
As we enjoy spending time with our loved ones, we often think about people who may not have anywhere to go for the holidays. I often find myself asking how I can help those in my community. For me, this often means going through the house and selecting gently used items that I can give up. Whether it’s writing a check for a charity you’ve noticed is impacting your community or going through your closet and donating clothes, every donation counts.
Here at The Gathering Place, we’re ready for you to bring in a variety of items. Our Top 5 Needs List gives you the top five items for our food pantry (Betsy’s Cupboard), the Family Program, Education and Jobs Readiness, the Resource Desk, the Arts Program, Housing Stabilization, Bridget’s Boutique (our clothing closet), and our Chore Cart (special thank you items for members who help keep our building beautiful). The programs at TGP are always updating their needs list. You can find specific requests for our programs on our donate goods and services page. If you’re planning on bringing in a donation, it’s a good idea to set up an appointment. You can call program specific advocates, or call the Welcome Desk—(303) 321-4198—and they’ll connect you with the right person.
Another way to give back to your community this holiday season is to purchase greeting cards through Art Restart. Although we don’t offer any crazy deals for the holidays, your greeting card purchase provides a member at The Gathering Place with a source of income. Our holiday cards feature winter themes and snowmen as well as holiday specific designs.
How Art Relieves Stress November 21, 2016 07:15 1 Comment
If you know any artists, or are an artist yourself, you’ve probably heard them explain that completing a project feels like a weight has been lifted off of their shoulders. For many people, creating art provides a release that can feel physical and emotional.
The Journal of American Art Therapy Association recently published an article titled “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making.” The study discussed in the article found that even if you have little to no artistic talent or training, forty-five minutes spent creating art decreases stress.
Four times a week, members of The Gathering Place have a creative space to hone their skills and decrease their stress. Walking into the art room, artists throw themselves into creating and are able to put everything else aside for a few hours. Steve Hartbauer, the Arts Program Manager, teaches techniques and manages the creative outlets at TGP.
Their cards and triptychs relieve their stress and TGP provides a place for them to sell their art. The walls display framed artwork created with water color, acrylic and every other medium you can think of. Every time I walk into the art room, my stress is immediately relinquished. Being around the artists is calming.
I’m sure you’ve felt this when you’ve walked into a gallery showing, or spent the afternoon in an art museum. Appreciating others’ creativity is almost as relaxing as creating art yourself.
If viewing art in a gallery makes you feel at peace, creating a gallery wall in your home, or sending a piece of art in the mail, could have the same affect.
Today, the artwork that makes me feel at peace is Colorado Dreaming by WA. Displaying this card in my home or sending it to friends and family this holiday is a way to share creativity and promote stress-free moments.
Why What We Do Matters: Inside Art Restart with Felicia Magliula November 15, 2016 08:18
Hello Reader! My name is Felicia Magliula and I currently have the honor of serving on the Board of Directors at The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop in center for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and often homelessness. Joining the board at TGP was not something I ever imagined was in the cards for me. You see, many years ago I once was a client at an organization very similar to TGP, so the idea of evolving from client to board member seemed far-fetched. After overcoming many obstacles, I was fortunate enough to make my way to university where I fell in love with women’s studies and social justice. Finally, I had the words to understand the struggles that I had gone through as a child and teenager. My passion for working with women and children who are experiencing hardships was born, and I have spent the last five years doing so at multiple non-profit organizations across the country.
One of my first priorities after joining the board was to really dive into the work that The Gathering Place was doing which led me to the office of Teresa Densmore, the Director of Art Restart at The Gathering Place. Art Restart is a social enterprise which sells original art in the form of greeting cards created by the artists at The Gathering Place.
I love Art Restart because it offers a truly unique way to improve the lives of women experiencing poverty. When businesses or individuals purchase cards from Art Restart, the artist receives a royalty check. The more cards that are purchased, the larger the check becomes. It’s a pretty simple concept that when magnified on a large scale could potentially provide enough income for someone to no longer live in poverty. I know that this is a very extreme scenario that is unlikely, but I am a big picture kind of person so hear me out. I know firsthand that poverty is intersectional and layered with many complicated obstacles that can often feel designed for failure, but sometimes small flickers of hope such as a modest check are enough to give someone the strength to continue overcoming the obstacles.
One person may not be able to purchase enough cards to produce a check in the amount of a livable wage for a woman experiencing poverty, but one person can purchase a small pack of cards. One business can commit to ordering annual holiday cards or thank you cards. One family can encourage their friends to buy cards from Art Restart. Even something as simple as sharing this blog post with a few friends is a great way to help spread the word about Art Restart. If enough of us do our part, we can make a much larger impact, together.
Thank you for reading my post and please check out the beautiful cards for sale before you leave.
Holiday Cards That Give November 07, 2016 07:30
What if your holiday card could do more than send a season’s greetings to your loved ones?
Growing up, holiday cards were hung on plastic card display strands in the doorway between the living room and the dining room in my parents’ house. Cards began trickling in the first week of November. Cornucopias, trees, snowmen—I admired them all. Each card with its simple season’s greetings or holiday wishes written on the inside was sent with love from friends and family.
The protocol in our house was if they sent us a card, we sent them a card. An envelope with return address labels torn from holiday cards past emerged from the junk drawer each year to ensure no one was forgotten. As cards rolled in, my mom handed them to me to open and hang. The doorway held the joy of connecting with friends and families near and far for the holidays
Most of the cards were ordered from companies that offered personalized messages and envelopes with return addresses. The sender had thousands of options for designs,and customization. Each card sent assured the recipient that they were thinking of you.
The greeting cards we sell offer the same options as the greeting card companies do, but our cards are greetings that give back. Each card is customizable and co-branded with company logos and personalized messages.
Ordering your holiday cards from Art Restart gives artists at The Gathering Place a chance to transform their lives.
Have you ordered your holiday cards yet? There’s still time!
Check out our holiday cards and send a card that gives more than just a holiday greeting.
Have you heard about Art Restart? October 31, 2016 09:02
Have you heard about Art Restart?
You may have heard about it through The Gathering Place, or maybe someone sent you a card that prompted you to look up the organization on the back. Regardless of how you got here, welcome!
For me, the new Business Development & Marketing Associate for Art Restart, the program came into my life through word of mouth. Living in Denver, there is art running through every neighborhood. Commissioned murals on the sides of buildings and monthly art walks make art part of our everyday lives.
But who are these artists? Many of them have no formal art training. Many of them make art on the side and work full-time. Many of them have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, or are currently homeless.
Walking into the art studio at TGP for the first time, I felt welcomed. It was like I entered a café where artists occupied every space with their art materials strategically organized to create one-of-a-kind handmade pieces. The artists measured, cut, glued, painted, and drafted designs for The Card Project while they chatted and enjoyed the space.
One of the artists walked me through The Card Project process. Although separate from the cards sold through Art Restart, this is often where greeting card designs are created. Three times a week, artists can use the art studio to work on designs for cards to sell at TGP, through our vendors, and online with Art Restart. They’re given card stock with TGP’s logo on the back. Then, they create. Once they’re finished, each artist puts their cards in their box to display on the shelf. Some of the cards are unique designs that you’ll only see once, while others are recreated to make a set. Artists can choose to submit their card designs to Art Restart and have the opportunity for their art to be turned into traditional greeting cards.
As I looked through the boxes of cards, I was astounded. The members at TGP are talented. There is a card for every occasion and then some. Whether you’re looking for a pressed flower design, Colorado scenery, or even Judge Judy, you’ll find it in the artists’ boxes.
Receiving mail and selecting a card with a beautiful design is uplifting. With Art Restart, sending mail is just as uplifting as receiving it.
Teresa, the Director of Art Restart, says, “Art Restart allows our artists to be who they are now and also provides a path to who they want to become.” The energy in the art studio embodies this.
If you haven’t heard about Art Restart, it’s time to check it out.