|For Immediate ReleaseGhent, New York – Omi International Arts Center is pleased to announce that Education Omi has received increased funding from Coarc to double the number of art workshops at Omi this season for adults with disabilities. This new level of funding will allow Omi Education’s Director, Sasha Sicurella to offer bi-monthly workshops in drawing, painting, ceramics and photography at the Visitors Center at Omi from September to May. The workshops culminate in a final public “opening” at Omi’s Education Pavilion in May, 2014. “We are all very excited about this growing partnership,” said Sicurella. “Having had the opportunity to work closely with Coarc participants, I have come to understand that art making is an important way that this population communicates within the larger community.” Because of the increased workshops, participants will be able to work cumulatively on more in-depth projects such as large scale collaborative pieces. They will also be able to explore other forms of art including music and movement. According to Sicurella, “the enthusiasm with which these individuals participate in the workshops bring such positive energy to the Omi environment with each visit. The Coarc Arts Endowment, which funds this project, really understands that many Coarc adults identify as artists and need challenging creative outlets to continue express themselves.”
Danielle Palleschi, Coarc Activities Coordinator at Evergreen Hall, Valatie has organized the group over the past three years, which includes approximately 15 participants – women and men, ranging in age from 21 -91. According to Kenneth R. Stall, Executive Director of Coarc “Expanding our partnership with Art Omi and Sasha seemed like a natural progression after the tremendous success the program has experienced. Helping individuals with developmental disabilities explore the arts through self-expression is an important part of the services that Coarc strives to provide, especially via community partnerships. We are happy to have been able to secure money through our regular funding sources as well as the Coarc’s Art Endowment to build upon the success of this wonderful program.”
Coarc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides programs and services to over 500 individuals with developmental disabilities in Columbia County, New York. Coarc is a strong advocate for the rights of individuals experiencing disabilities, an activist for changes to legislation and public policy, and a developer of programs and services for individuals who are underserved.
About Omi International Arts Center
Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians and dancers. The 300 acre campus is also the site for The Fields Sculpture Park, a public exhibition space with nearly 80 contemporary sculptures; Architecture Omi, exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape; and Education Omi, an arts education programs for children. Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. Through our programs and resulting public events – including our Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to the vibrant culture of the Northeast region. For more information visit: www.omiartscenter.org
Image Credits: Participants in the 2013 Coarc workshops hosted by Education Omi.