Giving Back Creatively

Businesses have a responsibility to give back to the community. Often times, we see it as a fundraising event on a slow night, where a portion of the fee goes to a nonprofit or community group. This activity doubles as a marketing tool, because while it’s a good thing for the community group, it also attracts customers and ultimately benefits the business, too.

At Canvas and Cabernet, we like to take things a step further. We have an ongoing charitable contributions program: we participate in TAGG, we offer special staff pricing for nonprofit staff, and we provide monthly fundraising events.

Recently, we had an opportunity to do a creative activity and support Casting for Recovery. All of our artists except CaSandra, who was out of town, gave their time and painted 28 wooden fish for the participants of the Nebraska events. Needless to say, the evening was fun and meaningful…the artists were excited to be involved, and we enjoyed the opportunity to give back creatively!

Our Artists are Great!

It’s no surprise (or secret) that we think the artists we work with at Village Canvas and Cabernet are the best! Omaha is so fortunate to be home to so many talented, creative people, and we are so lucky to have several such folks involved in some way in our business.

Artist Keri Hedrick was named the Omaha Summer Arts Festival ‘featured illustrator’ for 2015, and her work will grace posters, flyers and t-shirts at this year’s events. How cool is that!??! We started consigning Keri just before the holidays, and love her work!

Recently, Gabi Quiroz was identified as one of the artists involved with Spreading our Roots project in Turner Park. Gabi came to us as a UNO Intern, and after graduating last year, she began as a Guiding Artist, and in addition, we now consign some of her work.

Two of our artists–Amanda Floro and Andrea Schmitz are graduating from UNO this week with their BFA degrees–congratulations to them! We can’t wait to see what is ahead for them!

The artists named above, along with the others: Jacqueline, Kaitlyn, CaSandra, Stacia, Sarah, Caroline and Kalle–are not only talented artists; in addition they are great teachers. They are compassionate, kind, patient, good communicators and last but not least–they are fun! And in our business, finding the “right” artists to guide short, art-as-entertainment sessions is as important as anything we do. And, we’ve got the best!