Opening Celebration for New ArteSana Workshop Text Size

ArteSana, a visionary Holyoke social enterprise, is poised to begin an exciting new chapter of growth. 

At 4:00 p.m. on Monday November 27, 2017, the women of ArteSana will open their new 1,750 square foot storefront space at the ParsonsHallBuilding, 362 Dwight St, Holyoke with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and other community leaders. 

Immediately after, ArteSana will host a public celebration on site that will offer people a chance to tour the new space, shop ArteSana products, and enjoy some light refreshments until 7:00 p.m. This opening celebration is generously sponsored by CoFab, Holyoke design and engineering consultancy, and Holyoke Hummus Company. 

“We are beyond excited to be in our new space here in the heart of the downtown Holyoke canal district,” said Katy Moonan, the founder of ArteSana. 

The new space is primarily a workshop, but it will also include a small retail area and room for  community programming.

“We are walking distance to nearby neighborhoods where many women we work with live, and with greater visibility to pedestrian traffic generated by the music and cultural events at Gateway City Arts. A lot of those folks are our target customers,” Moonan added.

At ArteSana, women collect donations of discarded tee shirts and weave them using traditional hand-operated looms. Their handwoven products, sold online and at regional markets, generate funds that support the organization’s mission to expand employment, educational and leadership opportunities for women impacted by intergenerational poverty.

In addition to part-time employment opportunities for women, ArteSana has offered free English classes, free creative workshops, and job readiness support. These prioritize access for women affected by intergenerational poverty, and aim to encourage personal growth and confidence, creativity, and a supportive network for women in Holyoke that supports pathways to greater self-sufficiency.

ArteSana is a non-profit social enterprise specializing in high quality handmade accent pillows that help build a more equitable and sustainable world.

Posted on November 13, 2017 by