Art Restart; A Social Enterprise
This is a sponsored post– Thoughts contained within this post are mine and may vary from others.
Have you ever heard of an organization and immediately it pulls at your whole being? When I heard of Art Restart that is exactly what happened. I immediately wanted to know every single detail and over the last 24 hours I have dug deeper into this and spoke with a representative so that I could tell each of the Product Review Cafe Readers all about this.
About Art Restart:
Art Restart is a social enterprise which sells original art in the form of greeting cards created by the artists of The Gathering Place. Our artists are women and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. Each artist receives a 5% royalty when her cards are sold, an amount that is among the highest percentage when compared to the industry standard.
By selling bulk orders of 50 cards or more of beautiful, original pieces of art, we hope our cards connect more people to our mission.
Art Restart has its roots in The Card Project, an initiative started by The Gathering Place more than 25 years ago. The Card Project sells individual handmade cards and distributes the profits to the artists as each card is sold. It offers the women opportunities for confidence-building, self-expression, and financial gain. The artwork touches the lives of both artist and customer and remains one of our strongest program offerings at The Gathering Place. Art Restart is a separate, social enterprise selling licensed original artwork in the form of cards by our artists. Art Restart orders are available in bulk only. Through Art Restart we are engaging in a new initiative to connect with a larger audience and tell our story.
What Art Restart Offers:
Art Restart sells greeting cards created by the artists of The Gathering Place(TGP), Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness.
The center provides a variety of programs and services for those who enter our doors, including a beautiful art studio that provides a safe and supportive environment for our members to be expressive, gain confidence and income, as well as be part of a community. Learn more at: www.tgpdenver.org
Why We Love Art Restart:
I love any organization that does something for those who do not have basic needs due to homelessness or poverty. These days that includes such a huge part of our population and that saddens me to no end. Offering the beautiful notecards shown below adds to the beauty of this project.
Sending greeting cards even at holiday time has become such a lost art. I miss the older generation in my family because especially around holidays I could guarantee a mailbox full of cards, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas. These cards ALWAYS had personal notes asking about children, what was happening in our lives and telling us about theirs. I miss them more than many people will ever realize. We are trying to keep the tradition alive by sending personalized cards each year, but I adore these cards SO much! What I am thinking is that by using these cards I could enclose a wallet size photo of our boys inside which eliminates the need to actually design a card myself and the photo can be a keepsake more than one made onto a card.
Check out the 2017 Holiday Card Lookbook for all of the amazing ideas and get this, these cards can be customized for corporate gifts as well. (Fellow bloggers, think about business promotion to the max while giving to an amazing cause!!) The more you buy, the more you save!
I also want to showcase some amazingly beautiful scarves that I was shown:
This model is stunning and the scarves will retail for $55 plus shipping. I have so many women in my life that I can picture wearing any of the prints that are made by Art Restart. The first one to come to mind is my grandmother who can pull off any scarf, but my mom, sister and various aunts also come to mind. Why not splurge and buy a special woman in your life a beautiful scarf made by a very special woman?
So guys, now that you have the information about Art Restart and The Gathering Place what are you waiting for? Head over to the website and pick out something amazing! Supporting organizations like this is absolutely vital to communities and paying it forward is always high on my list of things to do!