Arc of Seneca Cayuga announced that it has received a grant of $4300 from the Cayuga Community Fund. Money from the Community Fund aids programs in education, health, social services, the arts, civic and environmental concerns, as well as the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County. The grant will be used to for the purchase of Computer-Assisted Art Labs, which will soon be installed at five day service sites operated by Arc of Seneca Cayuga. Each site will be equipped with an Art Lab to include a Dell Inspiron computer with touchscreen capability, an HP Office Jet color printer and numerous software art applications.
These Art Labs will enable approximately 85 individuals to create original works of art design and the touchscreen capability will be particularly helpful for those with manual dexterity difficulties. According to Ed Sayles, Community Relations Consultant for Arc of Seneca Cayuga, “Computer Art Labs have already been extremely successful in Seneca County. Not only are people excited about creating original artwork, but we have seen people grow in independence and ability to work in the Art Labs with less supervision, which has increased confidence and self-esteem.”
Sayles added that the expectation is for each person to create a portfolio of artwork that would be displayed in in an online gallery. There will also be a public exhibition held at various sites in downtown Auburn next June. Ed expressed his, “deep gratitude to the Community Fund Committee for making all of this possible” and he is looking forward to, “the budding of many new artists.”
For more information about Arc services, please contact Elissa Gray in the Intake Department by calling 315-612-0131.
Mission: Arc of Seneca Cayuga embraces diversity by recognizing the uniqueness of each individual and by working to ensure the success of people with disabilities as they pursue lives of choice and fulfillment.