ZION – When Enterprise Fleet Management Account Executive Christine Cortina met with NorthPointe’s CEO Dina Donohue-Chase in her office, Ms. Cortina was impressed with the artwork displayed on the walls. Ms. Cortina learned the artwork was created by NorthPointe’s program participants and was offered a chance to view paintings in progress by artists in the NorthPointe ART 360 program.
Ms. Cortina thought original commission artwork would be ideal for her team’s new office space in Oakbrook. “I was impressed by the creativity in the paintings,” said Ms. Cortina, “Having the opportunity to decorate our office while simultaneously supporting a local organization was appealing and represents Enterprise’s commitment to promoting long-term community growth and prosperity.” When Christine approached Vice President of Enterprise Fleet Management in Chicago, Jason Tyra, with the idea of commissioning original artwork from NorthPointe for their hallways, Mr. Tyra shared her enthusiasm for working with the ART 360 artists.
The commission was very exciting for NorthPointe staff and program participants. “The ART 360 program offers people with disabilities and/or mental illness the chance to secure income through the sale of their paintings,” Ms. Donohue said, “this program offers businesses the opportunity to be an agent of change by choosing socially responsible artwork. Utilizing ‘The Circle for Good’ model, artists are compensated when their work is sold and a portion is used to further NorthPointe’s mission. Another unique ART 360 feature is that a portion of the sale is donated to the client’s non-profit of choice.”
Ms. Cortina stopped by NorthPointe when the artists were ready for her to review their progress. “The art looks amazing, and the developed concept is exactly what we had envisioned,” said Ms. Cortina.
Upon the project’s completion, a formal presentation was held at Enterprise Fleet Management’s regional office in Oakbrook, Il., allowing employees an opportunity to preview the artwork and meet and mingle with the artists.
Tom Broste, NorthPointe’s Micro-Enterprise Coordinator, spoke of the pride the artists felt presenting their work. “Art gives the artists an opportunity to speak through their art. Their awareness, and how they express themselves makes their artwork ‘truer’ to, and indicative of, the creative way things can be seen.”
About NorthPointe Resources
Since 1953, NorthPointe Resources has served people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and/or mental illness in Northern Illinois counties. NorthPointe offers a variety of support services developed to ensure program participants achieve the highest levels of independence and community involvement. Every year approximately 500 people participate in NorthPointe’s community-focused award-winning programs. For more information, visit www.NorthPointeResources.org.