Celebrating Ability through Art

Celebrating Ability through Art

At Easterseals Crossroads, we incorporate art activities into our Adult Day program. Program participants really enjoy the process of working on individual and collective projects. There is often a great sense of teamwork that results in collaborative projects and our participants really enjoy the collective spirit.

Our staff enjoy experimenting with different mediums and different techniques to achieve varying results on projects. Often times, our program staff benefit from the expertise of interns and their skills sets.

Recently our Adult Day program staff and participants had the opportunity to work with Chloe Miers, an art education major at the University of Indianapolis, to create pieces of art to be used at our Celebrate Ability event. Staff and program participants (Tyler, Kathryn and Carolyn) had a wonderful experience and the project created some very special, unique pieces.

About Chloe

Painting is Chloe’s favorite medium because of its messy and experimental nature — something she loves!

Chloe was thrilled to work on this project with our Adult Day services artists; she observed happiness and joy from the participants during the process. She has worked as a volunteer previously with adults with disabilities and finds that these personal experiences have helped her build friendships and understand others more completely.

Chloe hopes to use her skills, talents and education for her long-term goals of having her own art, yoga and nature-based retreat center for children and adults, which would focus on environmental projects, therapeutic practices and workshops.

About Tyler

Tyler enjoys yoga, dancing and being with his friends. He plays guitar and loves going to church. Tyler has a fun-loving personality and sense of humor; he is story-teller and he loves spending time with his dog J’Ace. Tyler loves art and he loved working with Chloe, Amanda and Carolyn to create art for Celebrate Ability.

About Carolyn

Carolyn always wants to “do her part” and she loves to color, draw and paint. She is a very organized person and she likes to clean her closet and get rid of old clothes (and habits). Carolyn is a good friend, a hard worker and she likes to be happy.

Carolyn says she likes to “tell it like it is,” and she really enjoyed working with Chloe to make this show for Celebrate Ability.

About Kathryn

While at Easterseals Crossroads, Kathryn likes to hang out with friends, help others and make arts and crafts. She also volunteers sorting the mail and reading to others in the day program.

In the community, Kathryn enjoys going shopping, going to the library and doing crafts. She volunteers weekly at the local YMCA doing filing and at Robin Run Senior living center helping with laundry.

She said she had fun working on the paintings.

Disability Film Challenge

Disability Film Challenge

Promoted by Easterseals Southern California, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers – with and without disabilities – the opportunity to collaborate and tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms. This in turn supports Easterseals’ goal to change the way the world defines and views disability so that everyone can reach his or her full potential.

The film challenge is a weekend-long filmmaking contest, open to all, that provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry. Each year, aspiring storytellers are prompted to creatively write, produce and complete a short film. Challenge winners receive invaluable access to entertainment professionals, opening the door to an industry notoriously difficult to enter.

History of the Disability Film Challenge

Actor Nic Novicki launched the Disability Film Challenge in 2014 in response to seeing disabilities underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera. As someone with a disability, Nic created the challenge to give aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work and provide them with meaningful exposure.

In 2017, Nic and Easterseals Southern California joined forces to expand the challenge, now known as the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. As the leading nonprofit supporting people with disabilities, Easterseals brings additional attention to the challenge, using its numerous communications channels to encourage participation.

Since the challenge launched, aspiring filmmakers from around the world have created more than 150 films, which have been viewed online and at festivals including the HollyShorts Film Festival.

Registration ends on April 11, 2018; visit www.disabilityfilmchallenge.com to register or to learn more about this event.