An organization in Southington is getting creative in its efforts to offer intellectually disabled people an artistic outlet.
Southington Community Cultural Arts center showcased the work of some of its All Access group members this past weekend.
According to a Bristol Press story, the center offers 20 to 30 classes at any given time for children, teens and adults with disabilities. But what participants find at the cultural arts center is more than just instruction in painting, pottery or weaving. They also find companionship, encouragement and the opportunity to express themselves through art.
“They’re using the creative process to enhance their lives,” All Access Director Laurie MacClean told reporter Erica Schmitt. “It’s all about growth and development. “Events like this are an opportunity to increase their exposure and meet other artisans like themselves. It’s a very rewarding group to work with.”
Socialization for members of the All Access group is an important benefit of the art classes as are the social and technical skills each individual can obtain through the programs.
Aside from all the benefits of meeting other people with artistic interests and the self confidence gained by completing a beautiful drawing or sculpture, the All Access group members can show and sell their work in the SoCCA shop.
Thanks to the dedication of the instructors and other volunteers, the SoCCA program is now enjoying growth and success and is proving to be a positive and welcoming addition to Southington.
We congratulate SoCCA and all its artists for helping to share their beauty and kindness with the entire community.