The Blank Canvas Cafe & The Studio
Our team is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of the people we serve. The Blank Canvas Cafe and The Studio (formerly Dream Catchers) are unique Ariel vocational programs for individuals with disabilities. For individuals who work at the café, we provide training for positions in a restaurant career including: culinary, kitchen prep, line cook, busser, barista, and server. Our menu includes breakfast, lunch, and pastries made fresh and in-house daily. We also offer specialty coffee and imported teas.
At The Studio, individuals learn skills to help them generate self-employment income. They create handmade goods in The Studio that are sold in The Blank Canvas Café where their works are featured alongside local artists. All the goods created by the program are made from donated recycled materials (please see below for contact information to donate materials). They also receive training in customer service, salesmanship, and craftsmanship skills. The art made by the Studio apprentices is also available to purchase online at our Etsy store. Find a new piece of art here for yourself or to give as a gift and support our self-employed apprentices.
Other training programs provided by Ariel include janitorial, handy man, and maintenance training that extends to the Cafe or other businesses throughout our community.
We also host Cork and Canvas private painting parties! Enjoy a night out with friends by scheduling your own Cork and Canvas private celebration or event. Choose your painting from our wide selection of images located in our online picture gallery under the Cork and Canvas menu. We require a minimum of 6 people. We provide the canvas, brushes, and paint and you and your friends get to be the artist. Please visit the Cork and Canvas page for more information or to set up your private party.
The Blank Canvas Cafe and The Studio (formerly Dream Catchers) is located at:
103 S. Wahsatch Ave. Ste 106
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours of operation are:
10am- 6pm, Mon – Fri
10am-3pm, Sat & Sun
Visit the website at www.dreamcatcherscos.com
To donate your retired art/hobby supplies or household items please call: 719-505-5476
Community Integrated Employment
Included in our Vocational services is a program in which we help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities successfully work in the community. We started this program in 2015 and have been growing ever since. We first help individuals find employment by helping them through the process of identifying potential jobs, applying, and interviewing. Once an individual has a job, our job coaches work with them to help them be completely successful in their new position. This includes time and task management strategies, conflict resolution, customer service, and many other skills. We have individuals working at many locations including: Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Safeway grocery stores, local restaurants, a veterinary office, and the Quality Inn.