Thursday, September 22, 2016
Hello everyone, my name is Mallory. I write the blog for We Care Arts every week. This week I want to introduce myself and tell you about my amazing experience teaching sign language to some of our clients. First, I want to explain how I discovered We Care Arts and began to develop a strong connection with them. Last year I was completing my Bachelor’s Degree at Wright State University and I had to do a final internship prior to graduation. My academic advisor told me about WCA so I contacted them and did my internship here for four months. I have a rare neurological syndrome called Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere that caused me to become legally deaf blind and a quadriplegic. I use sign language and lip reading as my primary way of communication. Despite my multiple disabilities I am determined to work with individuals with a variety of disabilites and help them any way I can.
I recently started working on staff at WCA part time so I continue to teach sign language to those same people along with any new clients who are interested. We are currently learning the signs to the “I Love You Song”. I am thrilled to announce that some of us might be performing this song at our upcoming event Celebrate Your Style.
Come see us perform on Saturday, October 8. Celebrate Your Style will be held at the NCR Country Club from 10am to 12 noon. Please click here if you want to register: http://wecarearts.org/about-events.php. We hope to see you there! I will continue to keep you updated on the clients in their journey to learn sign language.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
After a year of sawdust and orange barrels, Town and Country Shopping Center is having their Grand Reopening! On Wednesday, September 14, Kettering Mayor Don Patterson will be there, along with the entire City Council and the owners of the Center, Casto and Skilken. Dan Edwards from Soft Rock 92.9 will have a live radio remote and they will have giveaways, food, and, of course, shopping! Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this magic happen!
Friday, August 12, 2016
View the world from a wheelchair. Navigate a day with the tap of a walking cane. Take part in a conversation by sight alone. These are among the sensory stations that were experienced firsthand at the ‘Person First Expo’ on July 23 from 1-4 p.m.at the Dayton Barnes & Noble, located across from the Dayton Mall.
This fundraising event aimed to raise awareness of persons with disabilities, and was held the Saturday before the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A percentage of proceeds from book sales made on the 23rd at the Dayton Barnes & Noble benefited us! Organizations that participated with us were Dayton Children’s Hospital, The Access Center for Independent Living and The Brain Balance Center.
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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Mallory Holler and Morgan Stoddard are all about empowering themselves and exerting their independence. These two young women, one with Down Syndrome and one legally deaf and blind and in a wheelchair, took their own personal power and decided “I’m going to get a tattoo and help We Care Arts!” at our Arts and Drafts event.
Justin Woleslagle from Truvium Tattoo in Centerville OH was so happy and thrilled to have the honor of creating both Mallory and Morgan’s first tattoos!
And these are 2 very interesting ladies. Mallory recently graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor’s in Rehabilitative Services. She is now on staff here at We Care Arts after working her WSU internship with us. She feels very strongly about advocating for accessibility for those with disabilities.
All of our fundraising events, like Arts and Drafts, support Art Café and all of our other programs.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
This exciting, fun-filled event will take place Saturday evening, August 6th, from 4:00pm-10:00pm at We care Arts in Kettering, 3035 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH 45429.
Arts and Drafts is a community festival that features an art auction comprised of pieces created by nationally renowned tattoo artists, live music, great food, craft beers, craft root beer, and on site tattooing.
Come enjoy some yummy food from the following local food trucks:
- Wicked 'Wich
- Zombie Dogz
- Cake, Hope and Love
- Orange Leaf
BJ's Brew House
While enjoying food and drink, relax and listen music provided by the following bands:
- Toni Hates Jazz
- Pocket Rockets
- Lydia Brownfield and Jeff Dalrymple
- The Interns
- Chris Heider
We will have on-site tattooing as well as auctioning off beautiful artwork from different tattoo artists. Come and get a tattoo for a good cause, from:
- Trivium Tattoo
- Dark Light Gallery Tattoos
- The event will held behind We Care Arts, in our back lot. There is plenty of parking surrounding the agency. For more information, contact Christine Corba, We Care Arts’ Special Events Coordinator at 937.212.3777 or at email@example.com.
For information on the 5K Run, Stroll, and Roll please click the link: http://wecarearts.blogspot.com/2016/06/we-care-arts-first-annual-5k-run-stroll_9.html
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
We Care Arts is proud to introduce one of our many talented artists, David Hiday. He is a very active person and happily shares a wide variety of interests he has. Below in his bio you will also learn what a positive influence WCA has had on his life and who he is today. After reading his biography imagine how much the staff and volunteers truly enjoy helping to make a difference in the lives of our artists.
David enjoys drawing and coloring in coloring books. He loves costumes and dressing up. He has many of his own costumes, from Star Trek to hillbillies, Spiderman and the Hulk. He has done finger paintings in previous art classes which hang in the hallway at home. He has blossomed since coming to We Care Arts. He really enjoys painting and special little projects that the staff gives him. He likes to go to Kings Island and his favorite ride is Scooby Doo. His favorite day is Friday. Around the house he does weekly chores like vacuuming and shaking out the rugs. He takes out the garbage, takes care of the cats and the dishwasher. He is very active in church and has a very strong bond with the Lord. He likes to sing very loudly in church, and is encouraged by the other members who feel that he is really singing from his heart! His favorite TV show is Star Trek Enterprise and The X-Files. David loves to perform for an audience and is happy to dance for anyone. He dances at our events and is the hit of the night!
Thursday, July 14, 2016
One of our art teachers, Sharen Eninger, here at We Care Arts enthusiastically explains how she designs shoes as a DIY project. She has truly enjoyed painting shoes for a long time. Sharen expressed her passion when she says “It is fun to do wearable art.”
Steps to painting amazing looking shoes:
- · Select plain white canvas shoes
your design (geometric/organic figures) in pencil
- · Choose your colors
- · Paint bigger areas first
- · Or use thick sharpies for big areas
- · Use fine sharpies to make smaller designs
Please find a short you tube video below that shows a portion of the fun filled class!
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Thursday, July 7, 2016
The month of July is the perfect time to celebrate Social Wellness month, especially with all the fun filled activities we enjoy during the summer. Social wellness is just one aspect of social well being along with physical, emotional and intellectual wellness. Developing and building positive interaction with others is very helpful for ourselves and others in many ways. People who are socially isolated are more likely to experience illness as compared to people who are not isolated and they have an increased death rate of 2 to 3 times higher than those who are not socially isolated.
We Care Arts provides a fun and safe environment where people can socialize and build positive interactions with one another. Every time I come to work at WCA it makes my day when I hear all the people expressing how much they enjoy being here. When we ask our clients what's one of your favorite things about WCA, the most common answer is "the people" or "my friends".
A news source study stated that approximately 20% of individuals feel lonely or isolated during their free time and because of this WCA has become like a second home to many of our clients.
A few Tips to add "social" to your Social Wellness Month:
1. Socialize with friends: Having a conversation with friends and family is a good way to improve quality of life.
2. Volunteer in your community: Volunteering is a great way to help others but also a great way to help ourselves live a healthier life.
3. Laugh a little more: Laughter is one of the best medicines out there. It can help you to sleep better, feel better and even help protect against heart attacks!
4. Attending social events: going to various social events allows you to network with others and develop positive interactions and learn to do many things. We Care Arts provides many amazing opportunities like this. If you are interested in learning about our upcoming social events and/or volunteer opportunities you can find all the information on our website below......
We Care Arts
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is more likely to develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. After this type of event, most people may develop painful memories for months and even years after the event. For some people the effects of the event fade but for others the thoughts, memories and feelings never go away even with time.
Sadly, Mental Health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD while others don't. If stressors don't improve over time and they disrupt their everyday life, it is important to seek help to determine if PTSD is present.
One of the many factors that has a positive impact on the life of an individual effected by PTSD is the arts.
Science has demonstrated that creative expression can alter not only personal mood but also lower blood pressure, and help with sleep and the immune response system. These creative expressions include photography, writing, painting, sculpting and many other activities.
We Care Arts is a wonderful place for individuals with PTSD, along with all types of disabilities, to be empowered to express themselves through creative arts.
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