Most every day, we have Open Studio. During this time, everyone gets to work on the projects that they are most interested in or are most motivated to complete. This is also the time that people can work on music, acting, or dancing. We have a lot of fun during this time, and it is definitely when people are the most productive! Here's a peak at what we did today!
At CCA, we get to work with some of the most inspiring, creative, and joyful people that are in existence. In addition to that, they continually thank us (they thank US! Are you kidding me?? I’m just glad that I get to hang out with these folks every day!) for giving them the opportunities and assistance that they need to develop their artistic selves. So today, I would like to tell you how amazing these people are.
Jon has been painting for a very long time. In addition to being a painter, he considers himself to be a “drummer at heart,” writes incredible essays about his beliefs and life, and uses his wit to create hilarious collages with enough hidden meanings to keep you amused all day long. Jon uses a paint brush attached to a wooden spoon to paint. Before coming to CCA, Jon had not attempted coloring, ceramics, or collage. In the few months that Jon has been here, he has gained incredible control over his paint brush and coloring mediums. When he first started here, we used tape and stencils for his paintings. This way, he was able to complete is paintings to the high standards that he has for his work. The piece Jon is working on is a part of a large group piece based on Andy Warhol’s Marilyn. Jon has been coloring, and PAINTING, inside the lines—all on his own!
Nina considers herself to be primarily a visual artist. She was our very first client at CCA and immediately had a love for oil pastels, painting, and clay. At any given time, Nina can tell you the best thing about working with each of these materials. Nina also loves singing show tunes, visiting galleries, and participating in our movement classes. Nina, beyond all of these talents, is also a great encourager. She is consistently complimenting the work of her peers, telling people that they are doing a great job talking and feeding themselves, and encouraging people to try difficult tasks. Recently, Nina asked if she could lead a photography class. Of course, of course! I was so excited that she wanted to spread her love of photography, and also that she has the courage to get up in front of her peers and help them learn something new. Amazing!
Bill has been a musician for most of his life. He is especially talented on the drums, which he has been playing for well over 20 years! Bill is almost always willing to try something new. Bill now enjoys painting and oil pastels, as well as our theater classes. Bill's spirit is contagious-- he is calm, happy, and interested in what others are working on. Everybody at CCA loves to interact with Bill, and we LOVE to make him laugh! He's got such a great smile, that some of us work all day long to try to get him to crack one. He rocked his painting on Monday--he did SO MUCH in one day, and we were so excited!
Of course, we have many more amazing people that join us here at CCA. I’ll be filling you in on them over time. I don’t want to overwhelm you with all of their wonderful stories in one day!
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Wahoo! People are looking at our blog again! We finally had a nice little following on our old blog right as it got deleted, so I'm happy to see that people have found this one! Spread the word!
ALSO: A MAJOR Invitation
Join us TONIGHT for Gallery Stroll
July 20, 2012
511 W 200 S, Suite 160
(park in street parking)
You will get to see some original artwork and work influenced by Jaume Plensa,
Read original poetry inspired by Maya Angelou,
Meet some of the artists,
and snack on some yummy treats (treats always entice me to go places)!
We hope to see you tonight! I promise that you will leave impressed, inspired, and completely glad that you came!
Oh my! I am so gracious for the amazing volunteers that we have here at TURN CCA. This particular volunteer is soon to be one of our new Artists in Residency funded through Art Access. She is a movement therapist and she is FABULOUS. One of our participants was having quite the tough morning, and after the class, went up to the instructor and said that she was "feeling much better now!" Well, isn't that what we all should be striving for? To do something to help someone else feel "much better!" I love hearing that. It would be great for each of our participants to have a great day every day. We work towards making ever yday the best it can be, even if it's a little on the rough side. Here are some pictures from the class. We had a blast!
Last week, we celebrated two birthdays! Now, I know everybody loves birthday cake, but it's been HOT here. We had birthday popsicles instead! Not quite the same, but they are awfully nice when it is oh-so-toasty outside (and also, who doesn't love a good lemonade popsicle?!). Here are some pictures of our celebrations.
Here's a little sneak peek into our painting class yesterday! It was the first time that I felt like the vision of TURN City Center for the Arts was coming true--we had a full studio of people happily painting away. And it was AWESOME. We also have two new participants. They are VERY talented and we are VERY excited to have them here!
Our last blog was deleted! So, here we are again, starting from scratch. Give us some time to make it look pretty and get it up to speed. Check back often--TURN City Center for the Arts is quite the inspirational place. We will try to keep you updated on the amazing successes of our participants, gallery strolls, and performances and events held at CCA. I promise not to be a bore!
TURN City Center for the Arts
Helping adults with disabilities to enrich their lives through the arts!