Art Restart Blog

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. 

Need a last minute gift to take to a holiday party or family event? Swing by TGP during hours and pick up a stationery set, call Teresa (303) 996-9034, or email her teresa@tgpdenver.org for details. 

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

teresa@tgpdenver.org

303-996-9034

 

Ashley Waterman, Business Development & Marketing Associate for Art Restart

ashleyw@tgpdenver.org

(303) 996-9024

 

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. 


Holiday Cards That Give November 07, 2016 07:30

Mountain Cabin by VEC

Mountain Cabin by VEC

 

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.


Press Release: Teresa Densmore June 21, 2016 11:30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact:         Deb Radman
                        917-841-9228
                                                       Deborah.radman@rad-comm.net
 
 
The Gathering Place Appoints Densmore to Head Art Restart
TGP’s Social Enterprise Features Original Art and Greeting Cards
 
DENVER, June 20 – The Gathering Place (TGP) has named Teresa Densmore as Director of its social enterprise, Art Restart.  Art Restart provides customizable greeting cards with unique art created by members of TGP who are experiencing homelessness and poverty.
 
Densmore has worked for over a decade in the nonprofit sector and knows firsthand the challenges that nonprofit organizations face. Having recognized how business concepts can be brought to bear on these challenges, she invested in an MBA, concentrating in Nonprofit Strategy and Operations. “I am eager to use my skills to continue building The Gathering Place’s social enterprise program,” says Densmore. “I’m passionate about working with our artists and supporting them as they use this opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives.”
 
According to many experts, most social enterprises and even small business start-ups struggle to reach immediate profitable growth.  Art Restart was profitable from the start, increasing net profit by 61 percent by the end of its second year of operation.  Even more important, says TGP President, Leslie Foster, “Participating artists not only earn income, but they also are learning how to produce commercially viable artwork.
 
“The social enterprise business model is helping us generate revenue and is demonstrating that non-profits can build a sustainable future,” she continued.  “At a time when accountability is severely-challenged, Art Restart proves that we can positively impact the lives of those we serve, help fund TGP’s mission, and be true partners with our sponsors and donors.  But that’s not all,” Foster says.  “We are also providing the public a simple way, through the use of socially responsible greeting cards and direct mail, to engage and support the homeless. “  
 
About The Gathering Place
TGP created Art Restart as a social enterprise to provide its members with opportunities to earn money and to build earned revenues.  For 30 years, TGP has offered essential resources and personal growth programs to women, children, and transgender individuals during the day.

 


Art Restart Holiday Cards Designed by Women in Need Still Available for Season’s Greetings December 14, 2015 12:53

Art Restart still has holiday cards available for companies and individuals to send season’s greetings to friends, families, clients and customers. The original art for these custom cards is created by women who are members of the Gathering Place and are experiencing poverty or homelessness.

L.A. Jennings, Director of Art Restart, says, “The Art Restart program gives homeless women the ability to use their talents to begin to rebuild and restart. As Art Restart artists, they receive royalties when their art is chosen by companies and individuals, while the rest of the proceeds from each sale go back to the Gathering Place to assist with the furthering of programs and services.” To place an order for cards this year, Jennings urges interested parties to contact her at artrestart@tgpdenver.org or to order online at www.artrestart.org.

Companies like RE/MAX are using Art Restart cards as a demonstration of their commitment to corporate social responsibility: “For the past several years, we have been honored to support The Gathering Place through the Art Restart Program by sharing the beautiful artwork of their members with thousands of our Associates around the world.  Our friends, family and co-workers appreciate the personal touch in each card and in knowing that we are helping our community.”

- Gail Liniger, Mike Reagan of RE/MAX, LLC.

Art Restart was conceived to develop new revenue streams to support the vitally needed services The Gathering Place provides. “It is a creative way for businesses to demonstrate a commitment to being socially responsible and directly help homeless women and children,” says Jennings. “Our portfolio of design is limitless and we make sure that our women artists can earn money to help them put their lives back together and get on solid ground financially and emotionally. “

Through Art Restart, The Gathering Place licenses artists’ designs and sells them for commercial applications and usage. Each artist who participates, receives a percentage of the profits from commercial sales. The benefits of this effort accrue to helping homeless women get back to a place of feeling self worth and economic stability.

Art Restart seasonal cards are available year-round including Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, and even wedding packages. For more information, go to www.artrestart.org or artrestart@tgpdenver.org.