Art Restart Named as CO Impact Days and Initiative Social Venture Finalist November 10, 2017 10:04

Art Restart Named as CO Impact Days and Initiative Social Venture Finalist

One of 100 to Participate in Second Annual Marketplace for Impact Investing

Denver, November 10, 2017CO Impact Days and Initiative announced the top 100 social ventures that have been invited to meet face to face with investors in order to seek millions of dollars of “impact investments” at CO Impact Days Social Venture Showcase on November 17, 2017. Art Restart, a social enterprise of The Gathering Place, is proud to announce our inclusion. Art Restart was chosen out of 150 applicants in a competitive process with over 138 judges from around the United States.

The 100 ventures will convene on November 17 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex for the second year of this innovative, exciting, “shark-tank for good” statewide marketplace for impact investing.  The chosen social ventures will have the opportunity to showcase their investment opportunities to offer not only a financial return on the impact investor's investment, but also to offer solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

“We are so thrilled to again invite over 200 investors and philanthropists to interact with these valuable social ventures. When these two groups of powerful move-makers share a room, there is no telling the good that will come. We’ve aimed to offer a diverse array of impact investments, with a goal that every investor attendee will leave knowing that deal flow is not a Colorado impact investing problem,” said Dr. Stephanie Gripne, Founder of the Impact Finance Center and creator of CO Impact Days and Initiative. “We’re excited to continue this effort and see even more fruitful collisions at this year’s marketplace.”

The goal of CO Impact Initiative is to catalyze $100 million in impact investments into Colorado social ventures in the next three years, and it is kicking off with CO Impact Days on November 15-17. CO Impact Days encourages a new breed of impact investors and community members to Learn. Connect. Invest.

“We are incredibly honored to be part of this event for social ventures,” says Teresa Densmore, Director of Art Restart. “What an amazing opportunity for so many like-minded people to come together and present solutions for tackling the most pressing needs of our society today. Because of this event, the potential for positive impact in our communities is great.”

CO Impact Days’ innovation is uniquely possible because Colorado is home to a number of national leaders in impact investing and a thriving and collaborative community of social venture entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, plus philanthropists and investors who are committed to growing Colorado’s economy and creating good jobs while ensuring our state remains one of the best places to work, live and play in the U.S.  

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About CO Impact Days and Initiative
CO Impact Days is in the second year of its trail blazing effort to create a statewide marketplace for impact investing; identifying, connecting, and celebrating Colorado's top social ventures and impact investors from the Western Slope to the Front Range. CO Impact Days’ brings together Colorado’s top 100 social ventures, 200 impact investors, and 500+ community members to Learn. Connect. Invest.  For more information or tickets, visit or contact Kristin Giant at

CO Impact Initiative, created by the Impact Finance Center and led by Dr. Stephanie Gripne is a 3-year strategy to elevate and accelerate impact investing in Colorado, catalyzing the flow of $100 million in investment capital into Colorado social ventures that deliver positive impact on the state’s communities, economy and natural environment.

About Art Restart
Art Restart is a social enterprise of The Gathering Place (TGP) and provides opportunities to women experiencing poverty to transform their lives through art. As part of TGP’s mission to motivate and assist these individuals in becoming self-sufficient, Art Restart was launched in 2014 to give these women an opportunity to express themselves artistically while working toward their own financial independence. Art Restart provides members with the support and supplies they need to create their own art. Select pieces are then turned into custom merchandise from which the artists receive a royalty on every purchase made.

The origins of Art Restart began in holiday and greetings cards serving as a socially conscious sentiment for friends, family, colleagues and clients. We are proud to have expanded our line into scarves, calendars, postcards and more. Depending on the product sold, artists receive between 5-50% royalties on every transaction. The remainder of the proceeds are reinvested back into TGP to help make the free services we provide to our members possible. Learn more at

Art Restart Unveils New Products on Colorado & Company! October 19, 2017 10:44

Teresa talks about the impact of Art Restart and unveils two new products: scarves and calendars!

Watch it here!

New Product: Postcards August 07, 2017 08:30

If you're an Art Restart website regular, you'll notice we've added some new products. We'll always have greeting cards, but we are passionate about providing income for our artists via multiple products. 

Summertime means road trips, traveling and advertising events. Art Restart postcards are perfect to promote your business, market an upcoming event or send a note. Frame the postcard to admire the art on the front and commemorate an event.

Whether you're looking for something to drop in the mail or an info card to include in an event swag bag, Art Restart postcards can help you advertise for your event while making a socially conscious choice. 

All of the artwork in our catalog can be put on a postcard! 

Check out our postcard page for pricing and ordering details

Art Restart on 9News July 28, 2017 12:44

Art Restart director Teresa Densmore and artist Sharon were on 9News!

Watch it here. 

They talked about our upcoming event, Painting Possibilities: An Evening of Art, happening on Wednesday, August 2 at Fascination St. Fine Art and how art has the power to transform lives. 

Join us for our first art exhibit on Wednesday, August 2 from 6-9 PM. Mingle with our artists and support Art Restart. 

Art Restart on Colorado and Company June 28, 2017 13:29

Did you see Art Restart Director Teresa Densmore on Colorado and company? 

Watch it and look at the products Teresa mentions on our website! 

Greeting Card Holiday Lookbook June 16, 2017 12:31

The holidays will be here before you know it! Support artists experiencing poverty and homelessness by sending an Art Restart card this holiday. We have the perfect holiday card to connect you with customers, clients and loved ones this holiday season. 

Click here to view our Art Restart Greeting Card Holiday Lookbook. 

When you purchase cards, you impact an individual artist. Each artist receives payment for her design, helping her on the path to self-sufficiency. Our artists are individuals deserving of dignity, recognized for their strengths, valued for their unique characteristics and respected for their creativity. 

Through Art Restart, artists feel affirmed in their talents, creativity and purpose. 

Send a socially responsible greeting card this holiday season and create hope, change, confidence and opportunity for our artists. 

PRESS RELEASE: Holiday Collection 2016 November 02, 2016 12:59

Find the Joy of Connecting This Holiday Season with the 2016 Art Restart Holiday Collection

Artwork by women in poverty provides amazing images for holiday greetings

Click here to view our Holiday Collection Lookbook

DENVER, CO – October 27, 2016 – Halloween is almost over and now the holiday season ensues bringing a celebration of happiness to share with loved ones   Art Restart has the perfect holiday card collection to make family, friends, business associates, customers, and all those near-and-dear feel special. With an Art Restart card you can express holiday wishes with a purpose -- helping women who are experiencing poverty.

“No time of year inspires the sentiments of love, caring and generosity quite like the holiday season,” said Teresa Densmore, Director of Art Restart. “This year, we’ve truly topped ourselves with the most unique assortment of greeting cards featuring original art, created by members of The Gathering Place. There’s a card for every person on your list.” 

Art Restart is a social enterprise of The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, their children, and transgender individuals who are seeking programming and necessary services to help them become self-sufficient.  For nearly 30 years, it has been a place of hope where positive relationships and essential resources transform lives every day. 

Densmore says, “The Art Restart program provides opportunities for women who are experiencing poverty to transform their lives through art.  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 goes back to The Gathering Place to assist with the furthering of programs and services.  You literally can do good without much effort.” 

Companies like Vectra Bank are using Art Restart cards as a demonstration of their commitment to corporate social responsibility.  “Not only do Art Restart cards meet communication needs for our business and individual customers, but it’s also an easy way to help others,” says Densmore.

Bruce Alexander, president and CEO of Vectra Bank says, “When The Gathering Place launched Art Restart as its social enterprise, we just knew Vectra had to be a part of this endeavor…   We’re so proud to have been Art Restart’s first client, and thrilled to be able to share their story and our warm holiday wishes with our clients and prospects through their cards each year.”

The 2016 Holiday Collection features original art that portrays beautiful scenes of holiday and winter.  Most notable are Gold Trees by EHS, Mountain Cornucopia by JJJ, and Snow Storm by VEC.  “The initials of the artists are used here because of the need to respect the privacy of our members, many who are victims of domestic violence,” said Densmore.  “And there is no reason companies cannot get the jump on 2017 holidays by ordering cards from this collection now,” she added.

Art Restart was conceived to develop new revenue streams to support the vitally needed services The Gathering Place provides and is built on four principles. 1) Transformation: artists earn royalties on sales of their art securing an income that can help lead to self-sufficiency. 2) Expression: artists use our safe space for creative self-expression. 3) Affirmation: our women are truly artists and with every sale, and gain self-confidence which positively affects their lives. 4) Sustainability: to provide additional funding to The Gathering Place, ensuring it can continue to serve members in meaningful ways. 

“It is a creative way for businesses to demonstrate a commitment to being socially responsible and directly help women who are experiencing poverty,” says Densmore.  “Our catalog features 100 unique images created by more than 20 talented artists who 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, reproduces and sells them for commercial usage. The benefits of this effort accrue to helping women who are experiencing poverty to get back to a place of feeling self worth and economic stability.

Launched in 2014, Art Restart’s strategy is to provide corporations and individuals with a valuable product to keep in touch with customers, friends and family while also supporting a social cause.  Each card is customizable and co-branded with company logos, and personalized messages. Through the sale of high-end, large quantity reproductions of the art created by local women and transgender individuals, large companies, small businesses, politicians, entrepreneurs, foundations and organizations are purchasing cards for all types of occasions.  Holidays, birthdays, wedding packages, thank you notes, and more can be customized and co-branded with The Gathering Place, communicating a combined business and socially responsible message directly with key audiences.

“It sends a powerful message to an organization’s audience about who they are,” says Densmore. “If we know anything about consumers and commercial customers today, it is this:  when given a choice between virtually equal service and product options, almost 90 percent will choose the one that links to a social mission,” she continued.

To learn more about the 2016 Art Restart collection, visit or contact or call 303-996-9034.

About The Gathering Place

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.