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Artisan loves to give back…and we’re continuing our efforts this holiday season by accepting toy and gift donations to underprivileged children who find refuge within the walls of Aunt Martha’s. Aunt Martha’s is a health and human services provider and a beacon of light and hope for countless children, families, and communities across Chicago.
With over 25 locations across the Chicago area, Aunt Martha’s provides housing and shelter, access to doctors, and juvenile justice services to over 80,000 individuals and families on a yearly basis. We are honored to be collecting toys for these deserving children. If you’re interested in dropping off a toy donation, you can bring a new, unwrapped toy to our Chicago office at 216 South Jefferson, Suite 202.
A special thank you to Artisan’s Veronica Ludwig who found this unique donation opportunity through Twitter connections and conversation. Social media plays fantastic roles in keeping us connected and also helps those in need. We are grateful for the opportunity to assist people and we hope to make these children’s holidays a bit brighter this year. You can track the progress of our gift drive on Artisan’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
50 beautiful, creatively decorated and wrapped gift boxes held much needed food, goods, and even niceties like candles and lotion to comprise the 1,000 total gift boxes donated each year. These boxes deliver not only necessities of life but good tidings to those less fortunate. That was 50 tangible results. But the camaraderie, the connections of our hands united in good doings-those results are what sustains a community even when times are difficult.
Our sincere thanks and appreciation extends to every single guest and contributor of Artisan’s 2009 MTGB. We are so fortunate to have assembled the best of Chicago’s creative community. Our reputation of representing the best creative talent in Chicago is a direct reflection of you and the relationships you help us build. We all sincerely enjoyed this year’s MTGB and know that the other 50 people directly impacted across many different communities are happy because of your efforts, too. Thank you for making the evening such a huge success.
Artisan talent representative Suzanne Shannon graciously opened her dramatic south loop loft space to accommodate our guest list. Suzanne masterfully handled all location and party arrangements to make this event a success. She coordinated delivery of enough canned goods through the folks at Pilsen’s La Casa Del Pueblo to fill 50 boxes; arranged space for the packing and box decorating activities; coordinated the menu, food, and drink preparation for our guests; divided her loft space into conversational, mingling, and work stations; and coordinated the delivery of the 50 packed boxes via a U-Haul van to Mercy Hospital. The boxes were delivered to the individuals on Saturday morning, December 12 via volunteers associated with Mercy Hospital’s Christmas Basket Program. Chef Nikki Stenger and her team of sous chefs prepared delicious appetizers including deviled eggs with smoked sea salt and white truffle oil; roasted barbeque pulled-pork sandwiches on home-made buttermilk biscuits; grilled southern style cornbread with sage butter; and mini grilled cheeses with roasted roma tomato,onion, garlic and sriracha bisque. For dessert, Nikki and her team created mini lemon squares, espresso brownies, and fresh pecan pies. We drank cider and Tequila-spiked hot cocoa—what a fun evening!
It’s what we do best whether at work or play: Match Talent with Success. Our 2009 holiday party was no exception. 2008’s holiday party, “The Match that Gives Back” donated $20,000 in design resources to a deserving charity. How could we top that this year? We partnered up with our creative talent and clients to decorate and fill 50 boxes to bring holiday cheer along with everyday necessities to homebound patients of Mercy Hospital’s Christmas Basket Program.
Talent who’ve worked with Artisan over the past year along with selected clients and guests teamed up to pack food and gift items while mixing and mingling with peers in an incredible south loop loft provided by Artisan talent representative Suzanne Shannon. The boxes contained much-needed food and canned goods along with gift contributions from our talent and the commerce community of Chicago. Our heartfelt thanks extend to Edison Giles, a freelance art director who has worked with Artisan throughout the years, for partnering Artisan with Michele S. Levitt & Associates. Her unique boutique contributed over $300 in merchandise including beautiful soaps, candles, and lotions. These beautiful gifts certainly will help lift the recipients’ spirits; most who live alone and can find Christmas to be a very lonely time.
Many other freelancers and clients went out of their way to drop off gifts for the baskets to our office the morning of the party. The holiday spirit is certainly alive and well despite the economy. The graciousness and kindness we witnessed both during the planning stages of the party and during the event itself were truly heartwarming!
“The Match that Gives Back” party was a huge success. Not only were the winners of the design contest announced, but graphic designers from across the city had the opportunity to mix with extremely prominent members of the design community. Hiring managers from such esteemed corporations such as Motorola mixed and mingled with the crowd. All this happened while fine artist Pete Nawara provided fine art entertainment.
Over 200 freelancers, clients, representatives from the selected nonprofits, and judges munched on bacon-wrapped dates and spring rolls while Nick Gerber from Orange2 Photography and Brenda Moore from Columbia College graciously captured our evening. Psymbolic provided visual and audio entertainment while Pete painted. At the beginning Pete stood before a blank canvas and at the end of the party his portrait revealed his end piece: two beautiful children. Pete's passion and talent added amazing energy to our evening and we were very fortunate to have his participation. Thanks, Pete!
Photographs by Nick Gerber
ABS Graphics is a Chicago-area company that has decided to contribute an additional $5,000 toward printing costs for the winning non-profit organization! This company has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Artisan, and has stepped up to support the "Match That Gives Back" creative competition with their generous donation.
Serving the area for over 30 years, ABS Graphics is an integrated marketing, communications and print media company that has designed many award-winning brochures, annual reports and magazines. Their many areas of expertise include direct mail and marketing collateral, among other things, and they have spearheaded projects for various clients large and small.
Again, the donation by ABS Graphics helps to underscore how having good connections in the industry can be beneficial. Artisan has worked hard to earn their reputation, and the formation of long-term relationships is something that can't be underestimated when it comes to business. We'd like to send out our sincere thanks to ABS Graphics for their generous donation and continued support.
ABS Graphics: (l-r) Seve Vanderveen and Brad Burker
Photograph by Nick Gerber
We did it—Artisan not only threw a smashing party but our “Match that Gives Back” ultimately contributed $25,000 to an outstanding charity: Snow City Arts. This amazing charity provides artistic outreach to hospitalized children who due to their hospitalization are lacking access to school and art programs. The program stays with the children through their return home—it truly is a program that instills a love of expression through the arts.
Art director and graphic designer David Weik of Studio VIK was announced the winner of a $25,000 project benefiting Snow City Arts. The winners were announced on stage in front of over 200 influential guests of our party.
Artisan’s team members were overjoyed to witness such an amazing act of generosity and we thank our founder, Bejan Douraghy, for the outstanding contribution to not only the creative community, but the nonprofit community as well.
"Match that Gives Back" Winners: (l-r) David Weik, Vik Design; Kate Neisser, Board Member, Snow City Arts; and Bejan Douraghy, Founder and CEO, Artisan – toast with master mixologist and author, Bridget Albert's, "Artisan's Muse" signature cocktail for the event
"Match that Gives Back" Judges (5 of 22 judges at the event): (l-r) Motorola's Frank Lawlor; Unilever's Kathleen Powers; Alberto Culver's Glen Spurrier; United Way's Lynda Jorgensen; and River East Art Center's Mikki Markowicz with Artisan's Founder, Bejan Douraghy.
Artisan's Chicago Team: Rachel Grimm, Talent Representative; Lindsay Mitchell, Office Administrator; Suzanne Shannon, Talent Representative; Doug Wolterink, Controller; Bejan Douraghy, Founder and CEO; Liz Dierbeck, Talent Representative; Sharon Potsch, Talent Representative; PC Singsuwan, Accounting Lead; Nena Girsch, Account Manager; Bridget Verdun, Account Manager; Adrienne Burke, General Manager NY Office.
Photographs by Nick Gerber
If you've been following all the buzz about the "Match that Gives Back" creative competition and anniversary celebration, you probably have gotten a feel for who we are and what we do here at Artisan. If you are just finding us now–take a look around our site and learn a bit about our creative staffing services for both talent and clients.
It's true we're gearing up for our 20th anniversary celebration, but we'd love nothing more than to take some time to speak with you. We know that people are the most valuable resource in this business. If you think you are a "match" for us, please get in touch and talk to us about your needs.
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We are so excited about our "Match that Gives Back" 20th Anniversary Benefit! We aren't going to give everything away, but we would like to tell you a little about one of our highlights for the evening: award-winning artist Pete Nawara.
Pete is an amazing painter who will be joining us to create artwork during the course of the evening. You'll be invited to sip our signature cocktail and watch as the night unfolds before your eyes, bit by bit. You can read more about our event here: http://www.artisantalent.com/match-that-gives-back/
Nawara's educational background includes graphic design as well as fine art, and he is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. It isn't every day you get to experience a true artist at work–but then–this isn't exactly an "everyday" event either. It's our 20th year of serving in the industry, and we've made every effort to be sure it is an evening to remember.
You may have noticed that one of our esteemed judges of the "Match that Gives Back" competition is Eliza Nichols, PhD, Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago. This isn't a coincidence. Artisan has always believed in investing themselves in the local community and in supporting and nurturing new talent in the field. Our relationship with Columbia College is one example of how we have chosen to go about this process. You can learn more about Columbia College here: http://www.colum.edu/
So how exactly is Artisan involved with Columbia College Chicago? We set aside time to work with the students there to help them develop their portfolios. We also give them the opportunity to practice before being thrust into the job search by setting up some mock interviews. We are proud to share our time and expertise with these students and help them understand how they can apply the skills they have learned in school to the working world. We also try to share with them some information about what types of positions will be available to them after graduation.