Hello IntoWishin’ Arts supporters,
We started off with a little inspiration and an idea for a business start-up. We crowdfunded to see if anyone cared, and you came through with flying colors! In 60 short days we raised over $18,000…enough to start the business we first envisioned. A business that will help us fulfill our mission to give adults living with disabilities the opportunity to practice and explore their creative "possABILITIES" and increase personal independence through the arts.
Well now its a new year and thanks to you, we have a new business to start up. It’s still very much a “kitchen table” business. We raised enough for a start-up, but we have a way to go before we build our first gleaming headquarters on the hill. This coming year, we’ll do our best to reach out to as many creative adults with disabilities, develop some great products to sell, and we hope you follow our progress. We’ve already decided to dedicate the entire crowdfunding revenue to artist outreach, creative workshops for adults with disabilities, and building our online store. We have made contacts and plans to conduct workshops in at least six cities throughout the United States and our store plan is already in progress.
After that, we’re on our way to building our eCommerce web site featuring new designs every month! Starting later this month, our goal is to feature 3-5 new artists’ designs each month for our retail audience to purchase. Our annual goal is to feature 35-60 new designers on products ranging from t-shirts, caps, beanies, home goods, wall art, and greeting cards. Please stick with us and cheer us on, give us feedback and share our products with your social circles.
We can’t say “thank you” enough to all of the wonderful people who contacted us to support our mission during the last two months. We heard from adult artists living with disabilities, art and special education teachers, caregivers, police officers, non-profit and business leaders, news reporters, international bloggers, and most of all, over 100 financial backers. During the process, we gained 611 friends on Facebook from 23 countries, and dozens of states. Honestly, its been overwhelming and we’re grateful for each and every one of you. You’ll be hearing from us soon as we organize this business and begin to reach out to those who requested more information, or involvement.
The IntoWishin’ Arts Team
“It’s a Great Day for Anything!”
They say inspiration comes from somewhere outside ourselves and, as the original Latin word inspirare suggests, “breathes life into” us.
Well I guess that the parking lot of our local grocery store qualifies as “somewhere outside myself” and the idea that was inspired there has certainly breathed new life into me.
My name is Jim Weidert. I’m a 53 year-old Fine Artist, Entrepreneur, Product Developer, Marketer, and Designer with almost thirty years solving Marketing problems for Fortune 500 companies and my own business start-ups. My 22 year-old son Henry has special needs. At least that’s what I used to think. Now I know better.
When Henry was a Sophomore in High School, his art teacher sent one of his drawings into a statewide art competition, and guess what. He won! Ever since Henry was very young his Mom Linda and I knew he had a gift. We have constantly been amazed at his creativity whether it be art, music or simply his take on life. This we thought was just another example of that gift. Turns out it was much more.
It was a few days after Henry accepted his art award that we were loading our weekly purchase of groceries into the family van. Our youngest son noticed a disabilities parking sign in the stall next to us. He shouted from the back seat, “Dad, is this the place where people with possibilities park?”
The idea of POSS-ABILITIES was brilliant. Henry’s not a guy with disabilities, He’s an adult with a ton of creative possibilities. And we know a whole community of people just like him who could grow and become more independent because of their gift.
That was the moment that IntoWishin’ Arts was born.
IntoWishin’ Arts is a brand new art and design publishing company. Our goal is to support as many adults living with disabilities as we can. It's kind of like how Special Olympics supports disabled athletes except this is to support disabled people who are creatively inclined, or maybe even have yet to discover their creativity.
IntoWishin’ Arts will hold workshops for adults with disabilities all across the country. From those workshops we will generate hundreds of designs, paintings and poems that we will turn into products like T-shirts, home goods, greeting cards, and decorative Art that we’ll sell on our online stores.
We’re doing this so that disabled adults with "possabilities" can earn an income through their creativity.
Each of our artists will receive royalties on products sold featuring their work. We’ll also give a portion of our proceeds to nonprofits that provide creative opportunities to adults with disabilities.
We know that there are thousands of creative adults in the world just like Henry who could be gaining some independence and earning some income with their abilities and talents. These are the people we want to find and help.
We’re just getting started! You can play an important part too!
To find out more and to see how you can become a founding partner of IntoWishin’ Arts, please click this link to our IndieGogo page.
Jim Weidert is an Entrepreneur, Product Developer, & Marketer who has spent almost thirty years getting results for Fortune 500 and his own companies. In 2008, Jim helped grow a media entertainment start-up called “delight!” magazine to a national circulation of 1.3 Million homes. Along with his wife Linda, Jim enjoys parenting his three boys, one of which is the inspiration for his most recent start-up... IntoWishin’ Arts.