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1
Aug

Art for Jobs 2017 Artist: Jennifer Ellis

SNEAK PEAK of Jennifer Ellis’s artwork

For SALE at our annual Art for Jobs fundraiser: Thursday, September 28, 5:30-8:30 pm

Jennifer Ellis is a talented local artist who works and sells her artwork in Jackson, MS and Memphis, TN. This is Jennifer’s second year contributing to Art for Jobs and we are grateful for the opportunity to display her work! Check out more of her work on Facebook @jenellisart.

 

Learn more about the event here or on Facebook.

 

 

29
Mar

LAUNCH Graduate Spotlight: Rico Holt

Rico Holt

LAUNCH Graduate, May 2016

Owner, Premium Cleaning and Maintenance Solutions

Greg Spillyards, Rico’s champion and close friend, attended the LAUNCH class with Rico as a Mentor.

 

Rico’s Story:

In February 2016, after graduating from Work Life and Faith & Finances, Rico Holt decided to come through the LAUNCH entrepreneurship class in order to start his own business. Rico had experience and skills in commercial cleaning, and he wanted to learn how to use these skills to help the community, provide for his family, and possibly even employ some of his neighbors. Greg Spillyards, who had been Rico’s Champion when he came through Work Life in 2015, encouraged him to pursue this dream, and even joined the LAUNCH class with Rico as a business mentor.

A year after graduating from LAUNCH, Rico is continuing to take steps forward with his business, Premium Cleaning & Maintenance Solutions. With Greg’s help, he crafted and was approved for his first bid on a commercial property, which he is now cleaning on a weekly basis. He has picked up some additional jobs and is looking to grow even more.

Rico opened a business bank account in January, as PCMS took on new clients.

Recently, we asked Rico about why he started his business:

“I decided to start a business in commercial cleaning because I have always had a passion for hospitality. I took advantage of the opportunity to attend Pontiac Business Institute and graduated a few years ago. This has allowed me to help others in the community, and to provide for my son’s schooling. I have especially enjoyed making a commitment to provide quality service at a high standard, which meets the expectations of my customers.” 

He continued:

“Premium Cleaning & Maintenance Solutions performs interior and exterior cleaning jobs all around Memphis. While we focus on commercial properties, we are willing to take residential clients as well. Our company provides service that is both reliable and affordable, and we place a high value on honesty and ethical behavior. Our customers benefit from our quality and trustworthy service.”


Services for both commercial and residential properties include:

  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Housekeeping (interior and exterior)
  • (VCT) Resilient tile stripping and waxing floors
  • Storefront, sidewalk, driveway and aluminum siding pressure washing
  • Gutter and duct cleaning
  • Floodwater cleanup and restoration
  • In addition to comprehensive cleaning services, PCMS will also do special projects, including landscaping, painting, and various building maintenance projects, upon request.


Interested in Hiring PCMS?

PCMS can provide service based on your schedule. Normally, we will do weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly services, depending on your needs. We are also able to do special projects and are flexible to accommodate more specific requests.

Cost and availability are based on the size of the building and the specific needs.

Call 901-481-3989 today for an estimate, or email pcmsmemphis@gmail.com

We are offering the following special discounts for a limited time:

10% discount for first-time cleaning

20% discount when you sign on to receive 6+ months of service

15
Mar

1,000 Pardons – The heart behind the art of Christopher Nadaskay

We believe that glorifying God in all we do is important, and are always delighted to work with others as they pursue their God-given talents and abilities.

So of course, we were thrilled to be approached by professor and artist Christopher Nadaskay about a project he had in mind, and his desire to use his gifts to benefit our work at Advance Memphis.

Last year, Prof. Nadaskay was an artist featured in our annual Art For Jobs fundraiser. He approached us shortly after about a solo installation and sale that he wanted to put together in support of us. In the span of just a few short months, he has created 1,000 individual pieces of art in the form of hand-made crosses.

In his artist’s statement, Nadaskay explains:

“The overarching principle behind the exhibit is the idea that an individual artist can and should produce work for the benefit of others. It is my intention that this exhibit is used for the betterment of anyone who sees it – emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. The crosses are to be sold with the proceeds going directly to Advance Memphis.  It places art into the hands of a public who may never appreciate it as such and beauty into those same hands. It allows for the exploration of a huge number of creative visual problems and then helps to provide substance for those in need.

The idea for this exhibit/sale came from my desire to promulgate the concept of the social responsibility of the artist to the people that surround them in their particular segment of culture. The art world has become a place where political activism, influential social connections, and monetary gain direct the career paths of artists, to the detriment of the more positive influences that art can have on a culture. With this show, it is my intention to make art that is accessible to the average person, has a positive, hopeful message and from which the proceeds will directly be used to constructively impact society.  Each cross, in a sense, represents a pardon. This brought to mind a relatively common phrase in our culture ‘A thousand pardons,’ meaning ‘I beg your pardon;’ it is a quote that comes from a 1931 movie starring Charlie Chan (Black Camel).  It really has nothing to do with the movie, but as it was a little catchy and seemed appropriate to the message, the title was born.

The crosses are made in the same manner that I pursue my normal studio work, color and texture playing a huge role in their perception. It is only natural that influences from that artwork show up in a variety of ways in them.”

The artist would like to thank: Union University for its very generous support of the project through a teaching sabbatical grant, studio space, materials and kiln/firing time; Kathryn Pelley and Ragan Williamson, his studio assistants for the project – without whom much of this would not have been possible; and additional thanks should go to Crosstown Arts, Advance Memphis for their wonderful support and assistance in making the project a reality


We hope you will join us for the reception and sale of this monumental work on Thursday, March 30th, at Crosstown Arts. The event will be held from 4pm-9pm, pieces will be available for purchase for $15, and Chris Nadaskay will give a brief artist’s lecture. RSVP on Facebook

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Bethany Stout at bethanyjoystout@gmail.com

About the Artist:
Christopher Nadaskay is an artist and Professor of Art at Union University where he has served for 24 years. He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and Texas A&M Commerce where he received his B.A. and M.F.A. in Painting/ Mixed Media respectively.  His mediums have included watercolor, oils, acrylics, mixed media and various sculpture mediums.  Working at the moment in mixed media/ceramic wall relief, he is interested in the relationship between technology and the human condition. He has works in several collections, including the Tennessee State Museum.

16
Feb

Work Life Facilitator Training

REGISTER HERE

Over the past 12 years, Advance Memphis has utilized soft-skills job training to help people get to work. From 2005 to 2015, we used a curriculum from an organization called Jobs for Life. Two years ago, Advance Memphis and the Chalmers Center for Economic Development  worked with Jobs for Life to co-publish a new jobs-training curriculum called Work Life, specifically designed for communities suffering from the effects of multi-generational poverty.  Since the completion of the curriculum, Advance Memphis and the Chalmers Center have partnered to train churches and ministries in Work Life, and Advance now runs an annual training for new Work Life Facilitators. Advance Memphis is deeply grateful for this partnership with Jobs for Life and the Chalmers Center that has spanned many years. We are also grateful for the many churches and organizations that are engaged in this work around our nation.

What is Work Life?

Work Life is a biblically integrated job and life-skills curriculum designed specifically for low-income adults. Through Work Life, churches and non-profits can assist the materially poor in developing crucial skills for flourishing in their careers and communities. While Work Life covers typical jobs-readiness topics like interviewing skills and understanding what employers want, the curriculum goes deeper and engages participants in God’s grand story for their lives. Participants, Allies, and Instructors walk together in relationships, uncovering how to live all of life, including work, in light of that story. Naming gifts, developing communication skills, healing from the past, and overcoming difficult roadblocks are all topics addressed in interactive, participatory ways throughout the curriculum. The $350 training package equips you to walk with your low-income neighbors over time, leading to lasting transformation. Register here.

Why Work Life?

Becoming a Work Life facilitator prepares you to:

  • Move your church or ministry from giving things to the poor to building
    relationships with the poor, leading to long term change.
  • Apply the poverty alleviation principles described in When Helping Hurts to your context.
  • Create a concrete jobs preparedness ministry plan tailored to your community.
  • Train low-income people in concrete job and life skills, such as smart communication, knowing and applying their gifts on the job, interviewing techniques, and more.
  • Mobilize church members to serve as allies alongside participants, engaging your broader ministry circles in empowering low-income workers.

Get Trained

Start Work Life classes in your community by:

  • Completing four weeks of online training, unpacking the principles of effective poverty alleviation and adult education.
  • Attending the live training event, practicing facilitation with other ministry leaders and staff from Advance Memphis and Chalmers Center.

The Work Life Facilitator Training costs $350 at the early bird rate and $400 after May 21st. The training will take place in two stages. The online portion will begin June 5; live training will take place July 14th and 15th at Advance MemphisRegister here.

Interested in auditing? If you’re considering whether Work Life is right for your group or you have team members who would benefit from some training (though they won’t be facilitating), consider auditing. Participants may audit the online portion of training for $25. This does not include the live training and will not result in certification. Email Bryce Stout at bstout@advancememphis.org with questions about auditing.

 

Wondering if Work Life is a fit for your organization? Have other questions?

Visit our FAQ page for more information, Or email Bryce Stout at bstout@advancememphis.org.

View sample materials here: Work Life Intro and Course Map | Session 08 | Session 10


9
Sep

Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: CHRISTOPHER NADASKAY

29258487200_c44b187999_z“Christopher Nadaskay is the University Professor of Art at Union University and an artist focusing primarily on mixed-media, using a variety of materials and textures in his exploration of cultural critiques and societal legacies. As a self-proclaimed science-fiction fan, Nadaskay often incorporates aspects of the genre’s futuristic musings into his conviction-fueled paintings and sculptures.” Read the rest of the article by Joseph Smith in the Jackson Sun.

Chris is contributing for the second time to Art for Jobs and is preparing an early spring show of his work that will benefit Advance. The crosses seen at left are representative of a series of 1000 that he is creating, to be shown and sold at Crosstown.

Learn more about Art for Jobs here and find all the details on our Facebook event page.

1
Sep

Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: SARA WILLIAMS

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Sara Williams | Four Large Trees | Oil on Canvas | 22 x 30 | $500

29369904001_6ed68c99a8_bSara is a thirteen year old artist born and raised right here in Memphis. She lives with her mom and dad and four sisters. She is a student of Gene Goodwin. She loves art and hopes to make her living at it one day.

To learn more about Art for Jobs, go to www.advancememphis.org/afj2016.

16
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 In-Kind Sponsors: A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast LogoIn their fourth year of supporting Art for Jobs, Advance Memphis is grateful to welcome back the excellent customer service and delicious food of A Moveable Feast.

Started in 2001 as a separate division of Hog Wild, A Moveable Feast offers gourmet food and upscale catering for a wide variety of events. From weddings to Memphis barbeques, A Moveable Feast offers unique, innovative menus as well as recipe recreations to meet the needs of each special occasion. A Moveable Feast seeks to work with each client to create the perfect menu with a fabulous presentation.

Learn more about A Moveable Feast and Hog Wild here and get all the latest Art for Jobs information here. 

 

16
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 In-Kind Sponsors: Bring It Food Hub

Bring It Food Hub LogoAdvance Memphis is grateful for our partnership with Bring It Food Hub. At Art for Jobs 2016, produce from Bring It’s regional farmers will be prepared as part of the food provided by A Moveable Feast. Bring It has also provided CSA portions for our Work Life participants this summer, spreading the joy of fresh, local fruits and veggies all OVER Memphis.

Noah Campbell of the Memphis Center for Food & Faith, delivered the Bring It subscriptions to Advance participants.

Noah Campbell, of the Memphis Center for Food & Faith, delivered the Bring It subscriptions to Advance participants.

Founded in 2013, Bring It Food Hub is a non-profit local foods distributor whose mission is to promote community development in Memphis and the Mid-South by increasing access to healthy, affordable local foods and strengthening farmer livelihoods. Working closely with regional farmers who follow sustainable production practices, Bring It Food Hub sells fruits, vegetables, eggs and value-added products to individuals, congregations, restaurants and institutions in Memphis and offers a variety of ways to get involved with eating local in Memphis.

Learn more about Bring It here and get all the latest Art for Jobs information here.

16
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 In-Kind Sponsors: Paradigm Marketing & Creative

Paradigm LogoAdvance Memphis thanks Paradigm for helping us to inspire our participants and volunteers. At Art for Jobs 2016, look for the way they’ll help us tell the stories of a few Advance participants. We’re grateful for their skills.

Paradigm is a full-service brand development, marketing, advertising, and creative agency located in Memphis. Helping clients to differentiate themselves and better their businesses, Paradigm offers a wide array of services including logo design, print and digital advertising, eye-catching brand videos, and web development. Paradigm seeks to not only create a design, but also build a strong relationship with each client.

Learn more about Art for Jobs 2016 here and visit Paradigm here, or at their beautiful new offices on Cooper (read more in the Memphis Business Journal.)

 

12
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Summit Asset Management

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John Laughlin of Summit (left) is pictured here with Gerald Johnson. The two have been friends since John volunteered in Gerald’s Work Life class in 2011. Also pictured are Advance staff member Cindy Chappell and John’s wife Britton, far right, a GED instructor at Advance.

2009 0105 Summit Asset Management logoCG10-1945Summit Asset Management, a Picasso level sponsor of Art for Jobs, has been providing investment services and financial advice to the Memphis area since 1991. This company has been connected to this community and the financial services industry for generations and knows the importance of lasting relationships. Summit Asset Management’s commitment to relationships with clients has formed the foundation of the company, and its vision is to continue building off this this commitment to people and the community of Memphis. We are grateful to Summit Asset Management for its support of Advance Memphis.

To learn more about Summit Asset Management, visit their website here.

Thanks to businesses like Summit Asset Management, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about about Art for Jobs, please click here.