Contract - July 2009 - (Page 22)

resources building on hope Creatives living with HIV find meaningful employment and a supportive outlet for their talents at New York’s Alpha Workshops Alpha Workshops in not unlike other not-for-profit enterprises that merge creativity with commerce; the mantra “the relationship is everything” is an underlying principle. Our organization brings together two very disparate worlds—supportive employment and high-end interior design—under one roof to train and employ people living with HIV/AIDS for a career in decorative arts. It is also a wonderful resource for interior designers who need custom painting, gilding, and finishing, or a one-of-a-kind project Our daily mission involves collaborating with many partners: Mornings we meet prospective trainees trying to rebuild their lives following a terrible diagnosis. Then, we might visit one of the showrooms that distributes our products, or meet with designers and their clients, who are eager to hire Alpha’s studio artisans to work on a particular project. Afternoons could bring a representative from corporate America who has made working with Alpha part of their company’s profile through philanthropy or product licensure. Social workers, who play an individual role in the safety net that catches New Yorkers in need, also come to Alpha. In short, collaboration plays a role in every facet of Alpha’s work, products, and mission. It all begins and ends with people and the relationship between or among the diverse players, who are the foundation of our 14-yearold organization. Creative people living with HIV, public and private funders, the design community and their clients, and our staff and board of directors, all collaborate to bring Alpha Workshops forward to fulfill its mission—a mission that has four important components: By Kenneth Wampler An Alpha Workshops artisan paints a negoro nuri Parsons table (above). A collaboration with architect David Mann of MR Architects resulted in a 16-ft.-diameter tree root sculpture, installed on the ceiling of the children’s department at Takashimaya in New York (below left, photo courtesy of Alpha Workshops, and below right, photo by Andrew French). 22 contract july 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - July 2009

Contract - July 2009
Guest Editorial
Resources: Alpha Workshops
Green Building Goes Global
The Collaborative Workplace
All For Fun
Group Practice
Caring Collaborator
Life is a Circus
Cohesive Spaces in Public Places
On the Landscape
Castles in the Sand
Face to Face
Heart and Soul
Project Management
Dream Team
Ad Index

Contract - July 2009