On the right here you"ll see a picture of Devan singing his heart out to "Let it go' from the Disney film "Frozen"
His singing was quite the hit with everyone at the party. Once he was done with his song everyone gave him a big round of applause and he was one happy camper!
Today was a very fun and exciting day for Turn City Center for the Arts. Today we went to a Christmas party and got to have ourselves a grand time! There was dancing, Sloppy Joes, awesome Christmas music, a visit from Santa, and one of our very own got to sing "Let it go" from the movie "Frozen"
Christmas cheer and holiday spirit were certainly in the air at this Christmas shindig. Everyone was singing along with their favorite Christmas songs and talking about their up coming plans for the holidays.
The dance floor was booming with everyone dancing and bringing their best moves out to songs that ranged from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Jingle Bell Rock," and even "Footloose!"
It was a great time, but the best part was without a doubt when Old Saint Nick himself popped in for a visit! The room filled with cheers of delight and joy once Santa entered the room. He did a quick lap around the room greeting everyone till he settled down in a big chair in the corner. Everyone rushed and made a big line all waiting their turn to take a picture with Mr. Claus and receive a gift from him.
The party was tons of fun and when the music was done and everyone had their gifts and full stomachs we all went home with smiles on our faces. Hopefully next year and the years that follow will be as good a time as this year!
Hey all! part two of the series about arts opportunities for individuals with disabilities is up! They sent a photographer over last week to get some more pictures to link to the article, and there must have been lots of good ones, because they used plenty! Here's just a few of them:
Check it out!
Exciting news!!! In the news! There is an article about our program and other programs like ours in the Entertainment section of the Deseret News! It was published on their site online this morning, and we are so excited that it's up! This article is the first in a series about local arts programs for adults with disabilities, so there is more to come :) Here's the link so you can read it, and we'll keep you posted as more of the installments are published.
Also you can just go the the entertainment section of the Deseret News site, and the article is titled "Ability Through the Arts: Disabled Adults Find Creative Expression in Local Programs."
Here are some of the photos linked to the article to get you excited about checking it out!
Halloween!!! Man did we have a fun Halloween here! First of all, can I say how much fun it is to watch everyone get off the bus in the morning and see what they dressed up as? So much fun!!! We had some fun Halloween activities throughout the morning, and we had a blast. The entire morning, we had some people working on a haunted house, that we were making as a group.
We painted the sides of the house, drew different characters to go inside it, painted some skeletons to go on and around it, and also made a cemetery to go alongside it. It was quite the undertaking!
We also had a creepy loopy music drawing class. For those of you don't know about loopy, it's an awesome app that lets you record sound or music, and then will replay what you just did while you record new sounds on top of the previous tracks. It's a cool way to record lots of different music parts, speaking, or sounds and mashing them together to make one complicated track! For our class, we had everyone contribute to our creepy Halloween recording, and then once all 6 tracks were full and playing back, we would listen to our creepy creation while letting it inspire our drawing. We had some really fun musical creations, and some really eerie sounds!
We had some healthy snacks in the afternoon to offset some of the sugary stuff that people had brought in, and they were eating it up (bad pun, I know)!
Lots of fun was had, and it a was a great Halloween!!! Everyone enjoyed showing off their costumes and getting into their characters. Just look at how great everyone looked!
Another exciting thing that happened this week, is we got back all the awards from the Sandy Visual Art Show! I had mentioned in our last blog entry that we won some awards, but now we actually have them! In addition to the 1st place, 5th place, and Honorable Mention ribbons, everyone else also was given an Award of Merit! Here everyone is with their spoils!
Hey all! With Halloween fast approaching, this week we did one of our beloved annual Halloween traditions with our wonderful artist in residence, Kathleen Mason! Years ago, during her first Halloween season with us, Kathy introduced us to shadow dance theater, and it was a huge hit from the get-go. This is something we've done every year since, and all of our folks absolutely love it! We get the lights and sheet set up, and then Kathy teaches us some Halloween poems to act out with our shadows. The picture below is everyone prepping for a round of acting out a poem about a witch's stew! Kathy always brings plenty of costumes and props for us to use, and man, do we have fun with them!
After we act out a few of the poems Kathy has brought to teach us, she puts on a lot of Halloween themed music for us to take turns dancing or acting things out to. You would not believe how fun it can be to make your shadow move around! Kathy even brings some transparencies and small props to put onto the overhead projector we use, so that the people being the shadows can react to a branch shadow poking at them, or some giant shadow scissors trying to cut their shadow! We also always include some free dancing time, so everyone who wants to can dance their shadow across the sheet. The great thing about the shadow dance theater, is that people who wouldn't normally get excited about dancing or moving in front of others, love taking a turn and participating. Thank you Kathy!!!
Hey all! We've been keeping busy here, as fall is submission season! Our latest art submission were to the Sandy Visual Arts Show. This is a show that we have participated in for 3 or 4 years now. However, this year, we broke our record, and had more entries than in any of the previous years, with 19 entries!!! Basically, we dominated the category with sheer numbers. They always have an opening reception with an awards ceremony, and this past Friday was it. And to our delighted surprise, one of our artists received the first place award!!!!! Congratulations to Nicholas Pawlicki who got first place in a category of over 20 pieces!!! In addition to that, Jon Westling received the fifth place award, and Jessi, Tim, Ann Holt, and Shane Platt all received Honorable Mention awards! I also hear that several of our other artists received an Award of Merit, and we'll get those when we pick up all the artwork at the end of the month. If you want to check out the artwork for yourself, it will be on display at the Sandy Senior Center at 9310 S 1300 E through October 27th. The exhibit is open for viewing from 10-4 daily, and from 10-8 on Thursdays, closed Sundays. So check us out! Yay! We are successful!!!
Also, after a month off in September we are ready for Gallery Stroll again! Come join us for some varied, interesting, and compelling artwork this Friday from 6-9!
We've been terribly busy lately, but for all the right reasons! Fall is a booming time for art shows and opportunities, and we already had two huge opportunities just in the last few weeks to show off our artwork to the community. We had 18 individuals that entered their artwork into the Utah State Fair this year. That's right, 18! Now comes the part where I list all of the ribbons we got: Tyler got a 1st place ribbon, August and Chris got 2nd place ribbons, Nikki got a 3rd place ribbon, Mike, Jessica D, and Katie F. got a 4th place ribbon, Jon W and Ryan got a 5th place ribbon, Richard got a 6th place ribbon, Darin got a 7th place ribbon, and Walter, Jon E, Nicholas, Katie G, Shane, Earl, and Tim all got honorable mention ribbons. Wowza! So many ribbons! Everyone was very excited to receive their ribbons, and we were all incredibly supportive of each other, applauding as each person got their ribbon.
Our other big thing is... we had a booth at the Urban Arts Festival! This was our second year at the festival, so we were a little less stressed and felt a little more prepared for it. It was a great experience! We made some great connections, met some great people, told people about our program and all that we do, and sold some stuff! We had several people very excited about our program after hearing some more about what we do, and we are grateful for the chance we had to get everyone's art out there for people to see, and to get our program out there for people to learn about. Oh, and although our flasks and coasters were a hit, we do have some left over, so keep an eye out for those at our next few gallery strolls! It was humbling to be included among so many other wonderful artists in this incredible art scene and art community that Salt Lake City has, and we hope to be able to participate next year as well!
Today was a tough day for many of us. The reason why, is that today was the last day of one of our most beloved clients, Bill! Bill has been with our program since the beginning, and has actually been at TCCA longer than I have! He and his wife, Amber, are moving to Indiana, and we will greatly miss him.
Chris made a card for Bill that several of us signed and wrote messages in, and Bill enjoyed reading a few of them before he left for the day. Everyone here will miss our Bill, but we wish him and Amber the best of luck in Indiana and in all they do!
We'll Miss You, Bill!
I hope you guys all had as much fun as we did yesterday with the eclipse! We had a few eclipse themed art activities in the morning that turned out really nicely- eclipse art is stunning! In our music theory class, we tried to tie in the eclipse theme by using all of our music reading skills to read some of the sheet music to the song "Total Eclipse of the Heart." When the eclipse started, we didn't stay out there the whole time, but we made sure that we were out there while the eclipse was at its maximum. Some of us were really digging it and stayed out there for quite awhile, while others saw it, then were ready to go eat their lunch :) We even made a friend who lives across the way who came out to watch the eclipse with us. After lunch, in keeping with the eclipse theme, we watched Little Shop of Horrors while doing some drawing and coloring. For those of you who have never seen it, the man eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors appears suddenly during a total eclipse of the sun. So I hope none of you bought any strange and interesting plants on eclipse day! The show was a big hit, and it made for a great end to a fun day! I hope you all had fun celebrating the eclipse!
Most people who know Nicholas Pawlicki are aware of his knowledge of superheroes and keen artistic ability. But did you know that he is also a passionate martial artist?
Nick had the unique opportunity to test for his black belt in Hapkido today, and we are riveted to say that he passed! Even with family and friends in the audience, a video camera in his face, and an improvised sparring match, Nick maintained impeccable concentration and executed the task at hand with focused determination.
The test began with Nick opening the class, leading his fellow martial artists in a series of warm-ups, blocks, and the dan geon form. Each exercise was accompanied by a count to ten in Korean. I (Natasha) could tell by the demeanor and assertive voices of the other students that they had a lot of conviction in their practice, and were eager for their friend to be successful.
After warming up, the class took their seats, and Nick had the floor to himself (along with Jason, of course). Jason tested him on the fourteen grabs and how to defend against them, target practice, knife defense, grappling, and Nick's self-made (and self-titled) "Wolverine Form." Next, Jason threw some surprise attacks, which he prefaced with the idea that you don't always know what to expect in a real-life situation. Nick was able to harness his training and reflexes to adapt to the unpredictability, sending Jason to the ground several times.
The test ended with a review of the five tenants of Hapkido: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. Jason invited Nick to explain why they are important not only in martial arts, but also in life. A few of our clients were touched by the culmination of Nick's hard work, and of course, the man himself is very happy (and relieved) to be the recipient of such a great honor. Way to go, Nick!
Receiving his black belt from Jason.
All the hard work paid off!
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