The Alpha Workshops is a non-profit organization based in Chelsea, NY, dedicated to creating beauty and changing lives by providing HIV-positive individuals industry-specific training in the decorative arts. Image above is their 'Sonnet' wallpaper in lavender.
The Alpha Workshops was founded by Kenneth Wampler and a founding Board of Directors in 1995, who collectively sought to create a place where they could provide training and employment in a flexible, compassionate workplace to people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities. They knew that useful work and creative self-expression could be powerful healers. Their aim was to be competitive in the marketplace and produce only the highest level crafted goods.
Since its founding, The Alpha Workshops has developed into a highly respected vocational training school and decorative arts studio. Year after year, it has expanded its funding base and client list, increased the professionalism and efficiency of its decorative arts training programs, and broadened the opportunities offered to HIV-positive individuals for creative study and employment.
Students come from a range of educational backgrounds, with and without professional training and/or experience in related creative fields. The Alpha Workshops’ Studios offer a full spectrum of decorative arts services to interior designers and architects, including traditional custom decorative paint and plaster finishes, gilding, and on-site art installations. Alpha’s staff artists also produce hand-painted wallpapers, custom built and hand-finished case-goods, hand-fabricated lamps, and accessories made to specification and available through select showrooms.
The Alpha Workshops is hosting a 'SPRING MARKET POP UP' through May 27th BY APPT. Fellow New Yorkers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-594-7320 ASAP for your appointment to attend and see their beautiful handmade product creations!
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