LAUNCH Graduate, May 2016
Owner, Premium Cleaning and Maintenance Solutions
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.
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.”
“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.”
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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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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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 Memphis. Register 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about auditing.
“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.
Sara 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.
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.
Advance 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.
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.
Advance 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.
Summit 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!
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RVC Outdoor Destinations, a Gold level sponsor of Art for Jobs, is a Memphis-based company that owns and operates vacation properties set within naturally beautiful environments and in close proximity to local attractions and activities. RVC features a variety of lodging options, including RV Sites, Yurts, and RVC Resort Cottages, as well as upscale services and hotel-like amenities at each location. This company seeks to serve its guests well through providing an environment that redefines the traditional camping experience. We are grateful to RVC for their support of Advance Memphis.
To find out more about RVC Outdoor Destinations, visit their website here.
Thanks to businesses like RVC, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!
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