Welcome to the next development of The Resource Center’s growing art program – the Edgewater Art House.
The Edgewater Art House will be situated on the waterfront of the Chadakoin River on Eighth Street, adjacent to the Riverwalk and across from McCrea Point Park. This location is frequented by people traveling the walking paths, boating and fishing on the lake, and using the park for recreation. This location will allow indoor/outdoor classes to be held on a patio overlooking the waterfront.
The Edgewater Art House will include many opportunities for art classes including painting, drawing, mixed media, and ceramics. A gallery space will allow those participating in the art classes to have an opportunity to showcase their art.
Art has been a hobby and passion of people with disabilities for as long as The Resource Center has existed. When our first educational classes began in 1959, arts and crafts were key components of daily lesson plans. Art remained an important facet of The Resource Center over the years, providing people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves. To give more people the opportunity to experience the arts, in 2007 we collaborated with area arts organizations and independent artists to offer classes in painting, mixed media, dance/movement, drama, music, and song writing. The results were tremendous and convinced us to add a full-time art instructor to our staff.
Over the ensuing years, we have grown from small classes to large classes as well as individually tailored classes for people who need carefully structured environments and supports. What began as simple painting projects has grown into ceramics, clay, print-making, jewelry-making, and more.
Works produced by artists with disabilities at The Resource Center have been showcased at venues locally and throughout New York State. This attention has resulted in art classes becoming extremely sought after, and we have been inspired to reach beyond just our programs and into the community as a whole.
The Edgewater Art House is the next step in our evolving art program.
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