Programs 2017-08-02T15:55:04+00:00
Working with Facilitators
Creative Movement
3d Sculpture
Dramatic Reading

PROGRAMS

The Arts Access Program at Matheny Medical & Educational Center is designed to inspire, uplift and encourage the aspirations of artists with disabilities. In an effort to provide access to the same disciplines available to able-bodied artists, Arts Access offers courses in all of the fine, performing, and literary arts. Using systems and techniques specifically designed for each discipline, clients can create pieces of work that are distinctly their own. On a daily basis, Arts Access fosters an environment of artistic creativity among the participating clients. The program improves the quality of life for the client artists and those around them. In addition, Arts Access programming aids in changing the perception about the capabilities and talents of people with developmental disabilities.
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Traditional Painting

Using traditional techniques combined with innovative communication systems, client artists are able to freely express themselves with paint and brush regardless of physical limitations. Working one-on-one with a professional painting facilitator the clients direct every stroke of the painting, making it a unique vision that is truly their own.

  • Prerequisites: clear and consistent yes/no communication
  • Type of paint used: Acrylic non-toxic
  • Provided supplies: canvas, brushes, paints, specialty tools, choice-making systems
  • Days Offered: M,T,W,TH (Please inquire regarding availability)
  • Facilitator/client ratio: 1:1
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Digital Scuplture

Digital Art utilizes the latest advancements in computer technology as a tool for art creation. Artists are given the choice within this program to work in either Digital Painting or Digital Sculpture. Clients have the opportunity to use several types of input methods ranging from touch sensitive tablets to highly advanced pressure sensitive touch screens. These methods can be used independently or in conjunction with our facilitation system to meet the needs of all ranges of physical ability. No prior knowledge of computers required.

  • Prerequisites: clear and consistent yes/no communication.
  • Hardware: Workstation Class Computer, large scale monitors, several input devices
  • Software: Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Painter, Strata 3D
  • Days Offered: M, T (please inquire regarding availability)
  • Facilitator/client ratio: 1:1
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Sensory Painting

With the belief that every individual has the right to participate in the Arts Access Program, we have combined innovative communication systems designed for the sensory level individual with our traditional painting program. This allows for client artists to be able to freely express themselves with paint and brush regardless of limitations. Working one-on-one with a professional painting facilitator the client directs every stroke of the painting, making it a unique vision that is truly their own.

  • Prerequisites: no clear or consistent yes/no communication
  • Type of paint used: Acrylic non-toxic
  • Provided supplies: canvas, brushes, paints, specialty tools, sensory based choice-making systems
  • Days Offered: M,W, (Please inquire regarding availability)
  • Facilitator/client ratio: 1:1
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Choreography

Clients will work with a professional dance facilitator and able-bodied dancers to create and perform their own choreography. Working with innovative communication systems that allow clients to choose from an advanced repertoire of dance movements, clients are able to create beautiful works of dance that are uniquely their own.

Type of Dance: Modern, Ballet
Provided supplies: music, speaker system, able-bodied dancers, stage, and communication systems
Days Offered: T,TH (Please inquire regarding availability)
Prerequisites: clear and consistent yes/no communication
Facilitator/able bodied dancer/client ratio: 1:2:1

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Creative Movement

This is a group based enrichment program that allows clients to enjoy the experience of dance without having to create their own work first. Clients are exposed to a range of historical dance forms as well as different types of movement. Whether they are replicating ice skating across the dance floor or mimicking the movements of a monkey, clients are sure to have a blast.

  • Prerequisites: none
  • Type of Dance: Ballet, Modern
  • Provided supplies: music, speaker system, able-bodied dancers, stage, and communication systems
  • Days Offered: Wed. (AM only) (Please inquire regarding availability)
  • Facilitator/client ratio: 1:2
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Creative Writing

Using innovative systems, clients of all communication styles are able to participate and express themselves through the written word. Clients can employ speech, augmented communication devices, or pictogram communication to express their ideas and thoughts through poetry, journaling, novel writing, or word art.

  • Prerequisites: clear and consistent yes/no communication
  • Provided supplies: choice-making systems, print out of work
  • Days Offered: T,TH, (Please inquire regarding availability)
  • Facilitator/client ratio: 1:1
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Alex and Mike in a Drama

The drama program takes the most basic elements of theater (Character, Movement, Dialogue, and Setting) and presents them as tools for clients to use in order to create their own dramatic work. These tools can be used to direct, act, or write their work, depending on what role(s) a client would like to participate in. If directing, they can set the stage or shape the performances of the actors. If acting, they can appear in the piece themselves or use an able bodied actor as a kind of “avatar”. If writing, they can develop the plot and write the dialogue. It all depends on how the clients choose to use the system.

  • Prerequisites: clear and consistent yes/no communication
  • Provided supplies: choice-making systems, print out of work, stage
  • Days Offered: T,TH, (Please inquire regarding availability)
  • Facilitator/client ratio: 1:1
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