The Arts Program at The Gathering Place consists of:
- The Card Project
- Open Art
- Fiber Arts (Knitting and Crochet)
- Writers' Group
- Art Restart
The Card Project
The Card Project provides an opportunity to showcase and sell artists' creations while providing a safe and supportive environment to be expressive. Women who participate create handmade greeting cards and receive $2.25 for each of their cards that is sold. Cards are sold at The Gathering Place for $3*, and are also carried at several retail outlets throughout the Denver metro area.
The importance of The Card Project to the artists is significant: one in eight is currently homeless. The financial benefits are amplified by more intangible benefits such as increased self-esteem, the opportunity to be part of a caring community, and the chance to engage in creative self-expression.
Businesses and families often place orders for their holiday greeting cards, and thousands of cards are sold at arts and craft fairs each year. Special orders also may be placed for wedding invitations, birth announcements, or for cards for other occasions. To learn more or to inquire about purchasing cards, please contact our Arts Program Manager Steve Hartbauer at (303) 966-9086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in large orders of personalized and co-branded greeting cards featuring original art by our artists? Visit Art Restart, a social enterprise of The Gathering Place. Orders start at fifty cards and can be shipped nationwide.
*Effective October 1, 2016, we raised the cost of our Art Program greeting cards from $2 to $3 due to increases in materials, card stock, and to keep up with inflation. While we continue to run the program on a tight budget, this slight increase will benefit both the artists and The Gathering Place. Thank you for your support.
Art Restart sells original art in the form of greeting cards created by the artists of The Gathering Place. We sell in bulk to companies and individuals invested in supporting the mission of The Gathering Place and in helping our members who are women and transgender individuals experiencing poverty or homelessness. Our members remain among the most vulnerable in our community. By providing 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.
Learn more about Art Restart and purchase cards on its website - www.artrestart.org.