We Care Arts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Night To Shine

 
 
We want to make sure you are all aware of this amazing and exciting event some of our clients here at We Care Arts enjoy going to once a year called Night to Shine. 
Night to Shine is a special Prom night of dancing and socializing sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.  Tim Tebow is a two-time college football national champion, first round National Football League draft pick, and college Heisman trophy winner. Tim Tebow is currently signed to play professional baseball with the New York Mets and is a college football analyst for the SEC Network.
 
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.  This year the event was held on February 10, 2017.  375 churches from around the world, hosted Night to Shine, for 75,000 honored guests, through the support of 150,000 volunteers!
 
 
 


Night To Shine was held  in our local area in Troy, Vandalia and Mason Ohio.  We had clients that attended and they said that they had a great time!  The event was a prom night that they will never forget! Walking the red carpet, enjoying the royal treatment and dancing the night away!
 
 
 
This foundation, and all of their outreach initiatives, was primarily created to show God’s love to children around the world.  At the end of this special night was the best time to show God’s love when every guest was crowned King or Queen of the Prom.  This is a perfect way to remind people how special they are in His eyes. 
 

 

 


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Let's Live Healthier!


    

 
 
       February is National Cancer Prevention Month so this is the perfect time to spread the word and knowledge of cancer prevention.  It is our goal here at We Care Arts to contribute to the health of every individual we serve plus people throughout the community in the best way we can.  We know that the clients, volunteers, and staff here along with people we network with might be fighting cancer or working to prevent cancer.  So we wanted to share some of the important ways to best improve your health.
 
 
 
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Guidelines for Cancer Prevention
1. Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.

You already know that limiting high-calorie treats is a good idea. But did you know that if you make an effort to prepare meals focused around vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you’ll help fortify your body against cancer?

That’s what AICR’s groundbreaking expert report concluded. The report also found a convincing scientific link between red and processed meats and colon cancer, so it’s a good idea to limit red meat to 18 ounces of lean cuts per week and avoid processed meats like ham, hot dogs, sausage and bacon

2.     Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.

Being physically active for at total of least 30 minutes a day -- whether you’re walking, vacuuming, dancing or scuba diving – will lower your risk for colon cancer and possibly several other cancers as well.

3.     Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.

It’s the third key element that will help protect against chronic disease. In fact, carrying excess weight has been linked to six different types of cancer.

Information found at: http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?id=14377

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We also want to let you know about our amazing program we started last year called Art on a Cart. Once a week our instructor, George, goes to the Premier Health Miami Valley South’s cancer unit for Art on a Cart. He goes into the unit with art supplies on a rolling cart and offers the patients the opportunity to do some artwork while they are getting their chemo treatment. They can do things like making bracelets or printing watercolor landscapes, and many other projects! We have found that the act of creating art is a wonderful distraction from the difficult situation the patient is facing. Often the friend or family member sitting with the patient also does a project. It gives them something fun to do to make the time seem to move a bit faster. It makes our day a million times better knowing that we can help people have a positive experience while going through chemo treatments.
     
 




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Monday Morning!


We have a busy day on Mondays, filled with fun, artistic activities, laughter and joy at our studio.  Part of the fun is our small group of lady friends that are here in the morning. Coming to us through the area’s developmental disabilities group, they have formed very close relationships and really enjoy each other’s company.
 
 Part of their bond is in their long conversations with one another about their common interests in movies and cartoons and the favorite ones they like.  We Care Arts provide them with a great social outlet since it is not as easy for them to get out of the house as it is for most others.
 
 

 The projects the ladies do here are things that they are interested in.  Art teacher Jess tries to adapt the activities to their individual abilities so their projects are something that they enjoy doing and would also sell at our 2 gift shops.  Some of their projects include knitting, glazing pottery,  another is painting and another is making hair accessories.

 

While they are here, the ladies laugh together and tease each other and talk about their favorite movies and TV shows. Even when they arrive in the morning upset over something that has happened to them, they leave here feeling happy after being among friends in a caring environment.  
 
 
 
 
We are so happy that we can provide a supportive and caring place for them to come and enjoy themselves!

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Our Art with Buddies program

We are proud to share that we have again teamed with the Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering in creating Art with Buddies, a special art class for kids on the Autism Spectrum.


In the class, each child, with the aid of their own “Buddy” (caretaker), will get individualized attention from our art teacher, Jess.  We know how important it is for parents with a child with ASD to develop effective parenting strategies for early intervention. Many studies have shown that these early interventions greatly impact the child’s entire life.



Art with Buddies is a special partnership between Rosewood Arts Centre and We Care Arts and funded by the Tait Foundation and PNC.




The classes are on Saturdays and this winter’s classes are January 28 to March 18, from 11 to 11:45 am at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering .The fee for the class is $30 for Kettering residents and $35 for non-residents.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Let's Get Our Creative Juices Flowing For Valentine's Day!


Bring your sweetie and join us for another fun Creative Juices Studio Event class on Thursday, February 9! The class is going to be something really unique and romantic for Valentine’s Day. You and your favorite Valentine can each create their own beautiful birch tree painting on wood, and they come together to make one painting with both your initials in the heart shown carved into the center tree.

The class on February 9 is from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at our main studio at 3035 Wilmington Pike. The cost per couple is $60, and it’s BYO wine, with coffee, tea and water being provided. Deadline to make a reservation is February 8 at 4pm.

Just like this class, our Creative Juices Studio Events can provide a wide range of art experiences for you here at We Care Arts, or one of our professional artists can travel to you with art supplies in tow. We can accommodate up to 20 people per session, and can teach classes featuring a variety of mediums including painting on canvas, glass fusion, fiber arts, jewelry making, and much more! Classes are typically just $35 per person and we provide all of the materials you’ll need to create your masterpiece!







































































































































































































































































Wednesday, January 11, 2017

You Are The Artist of Your Own Life!



 



We Care Arts teaches people with many levels of ability to create art, but some of our artists already have a very clear vision of what art that they would like to create. Nowhere is this seen more than our clay program led by art teacher Bruce Rill. He understands in the value of art and thinks that when people engage in art, miracles can happen. He believes that they find aspects of themselves that they didn’t know existed and find their own personal power.


One of our artists who work with Bruce is Kathleen Lorring. A graphic designer, she owned her own business for fifteen years, but retired after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her art reflects the passion that she holds in life, such as creating ceramic serving bowls, which she envisions will be used by people coming together and sharing food and fellowship. She always has a clear vision of what she wants to create, also reflected in her paintings of endangered species, which reflect her concern that we are depleting our natural resources and wildlife.
 
 
Kathleen comes to us to create her art because she feels that it is easier to be creative in a creative environment. She finds that she gets a lot of support not only from our teachers but also from the other artists here. She enjoys developing her own unique styles of art and finds Bruce to be a positive factor in her artistic growth.
 

For Bruce, some moments here make him feel a real sense of camaraderie and community. He loves being a mentor and empowering people to produce something beautiful and meaningful and to discover the empowering power of creating art. He believes that God has given us all the power to be the artist of our own life.

 

 
 




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Upcoming Spring Auction to We Care Arts


Have you wondered what exciting opportunities will lead us into the new year?  We Care Arts has developed an exciting relationship with Bockrath Flooring and Rugs! For the second year, the Bockrath Cares Design Challenge has asked our clients to design rugs. Then Bockrath selects their favorite and creates it. The rug will be auctioned off at our Spring Auction event on March 10, 2017.


Our last year’s winner of the initial Bockrath Cares Design Challenge was Nicholas Tapley, a student from Stebbins High School. He was very thrilled that his rug design won the contest, and Bockrath personally made him a slightly smaller rug with his design, which delighted him. When presented with the rug, he said, “I am on the top of the earth!” His parents were so happy and grateful and the whole experience made the people from Bockrath cry!



This year’s winner is a student of We Care Arts who attends Stivers High School.  (We’re not saying who since we will surprise the lucky winner with the announcement and rug presentation at a later date, but before the Spring Auction). The rug is still moving from the initial design to a computer model ready to be manufactured, and we can’t wait to see it! It is such a thrill for our students to be singled out for their creativity and being rewarded for their hard work!


Our 25th annual We Care Arts’ Spring Auction is on Friday March 10 at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering. The fun-filled evening will feature a terrific dinner, and a silent auction with dozens of fabulous gift baskets from which to choose. This year’s live auction will include a chance to bid on a beautiful rug, designed by WCA high school client and created by Bockrath Carpets, a get-a-way vacation, and much more! Last year, the auction raised over $60,000, which helped over 1,300 adults and children with disabilities realize their personal potential through art. Call We Care Arts at 937-252-3937 for tickets and more information.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday depression tips


This week We Care Arts wants to help spread awareness around of how the hustle and bustle, bright lights and wonderful soothing music can actually cause people to experience depression during the holidays. One of our overall goals as a nonprofit is to contribute to the lives of as many people as possible. We felt like one way to do so is to insure everyone has a very joyous holiday season. We know that many people we serve along with people throughout our communities are having a difficult time at this time of the year. Here are some helpful tips to help minimize your stress/depression level.

According  to HealthLine.com there are many factors that can contribute to why people to experience the holiday blues. Several of these factors include :

·         Social Isolation

Cause: Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays. Some people may have a small social circle or lack opportunities for socialization. People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often makes the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression worse.

Tip: One of the best ways to deal with social isolation is to reach out to friends or family for support. You can also try talking to a therapist. They can help you figure out where your feelings come from and develop solutions to overcome them.

·         Grieving

Cause: Some people may be keenly aware of the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Here are several ways to stave off the holiday blues that may descend at this time.

Tip: Begin a new tradition. Try planning a family outing or vacation, instead of spending the holidays at home.

Tip: Don't give in to holiday pressures. Feel free to leave an event if you aren't comfortable. Be willing to tell others, "I'm not up for this right now."


Other tips on how to find joy and balance include:

·         Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.

·         Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend.

·         Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The success of our annual Cookie Walk



We had a great time at the Cookie Walk, our annual homemade cookie sale on Saturday, December 3 here at We Care Arts! With the help from all our supporters hundreds of pounds of delicious sweets were placed on every horizontal space in our large open room. We made more than $3,000 at this amazing sale! 



We are so grateful for all the wonderful supporters that attend our events throughout the year. But never more so than when they support the Cookie Walk.
To have cookies to sell, we put out the call to people who have made cookie for us before and also request cookie bakers through our email list and social media . Lots of people tell us that they will make cookies, but we never really know what amount of cookies we are going to get! Fortunately, every year we get tons of cookies and we are grateful to everyone who bakes for us!

                
We also want to thank all the volunteers who work our event so it always runs smoothly! They load cookies onto platters on Friday when the cookies are rolling in. Then, on Saturday, they keep our tables filled with wonderful goodies that our customers love to take home and share with their family and friends.






Thursday, December 1, 2016

Introducing another amazing talent at WCA






 This week, we would like to introduce you to John Deger, another one of our team of amazing artists.  He has been coming to We Care Arts since January 2012 after being referred by his therapist, and is more than happy to share his background, hobbies and passions for coming here.


John Deger was born in Centerville, Ohio. He is the youngest with two older brothers. While growing up, he enjoyed being the youngest as he was spoiled. 

John expressed some of his hobbies when he said, “I like painting, reading and watching sports, including the University of Dayton basketball team and the Cincinnati Reds.” 

He also truly enjoys advanced coloring books, mosaic art, and participates in two different bowling leagues.



 John shared how much he loves coming here when he said, “My favorite thing about We Care Arts is being around all my friends.  Everyone is so friendly."


  



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sharing Her Dedication


 We are thrilled to share what we learned when we interviewed one of our amazing art teachers, Sharen Eninger.  We have been truly blessed by her dedication to teach our clients for the past 15 years.  Sharon teaches a weekly art class of up to 35 students every Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm here at We Care Arts.  During this class they work on all kinds of mediums, which can include painting, ceramics, oils, fiber art, weaving and much more.  She always asks her students what their dream project is and then comes up with a project to make that dream happens.  Sharen shares her enthusiasm when she says “I feel there is no project that is too big for them, they can do it!”  



  Every time they are ready to start a new project, Sharen gladly takes her time to sit down with her students and discuss their interests along with what is going on with the holidays at that point which would also help determine what may sell well in the shop.  Sharen’s favorite thing about teaching is being able to see her students leave class with a good sense of success.  It is always amazing seeing how art can truly help people feel better emotionally as well as have better self-esteem.  Sharen notices that sometimes her students get frustrated throughout the class but she describes the learning process as part of the journey, “It is like building with blocks, you first have to have a foundation.”





Another thing Sharen has observed during her teaching experience is that these art projects help to change the mood of her students in a positive way.  When they feel overwhelmed, they would break down the work into smaller parts along with focusing more on building friendships.  She encourages everyone that you should not compare your art work with other people as everyone is unique.  In order to make everyone in this class as optimistic as possible they are not allowed to say “can’t” or “won’t” but instead they can say “this is a challenge” or “this is difficult”. 
 
    One of Sharen’s many wonderful memories has been watching one of her students, Todd, grow.  When he first started he could only trace but as he continued learning and practicing he worked his way up to showing his artistic skills in whimsical paintings and coming up with his own ideas. 

We are so thankful for all of our wonderful art teachers who try their best to contribute to the lives of all of our clients.  Without Sharen and all of the amazing teachers, staff and volunteers, we would not be who we are today!