We Care Arts

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How can art change lives?

Art is truly beneficial in so many more ways than you can imagine.  Anyone can experience art therapy since there are always ways to engage in artistic activities. Don't be surprised at how simple activities such as drawing, painting, gardening, sculpting and many others help to relieve anxiety and pain.  These activities are beneficial to people with severe emotional abuse, PTSD, cancer and many other serious conditions.

Therapeutic art is a way for people to express themselves and share their emotions with others around them.  Even if young children are not able to express themselves through words, they can find ways to do so through art. If you are part of the disability community like me, you would definitely notice art helping people communicate their feelings and needs with others. 
We Care Arts's photo.
  Therapeutic art also truly helps to improve a person's social skills.  It is something you can do alone to discover yourself or with others as part of a group and community.  Being able to do artwork is a great way for a person to socialize with others who are on the same wavelength.  
'Our class tonight is full! Missed out? Here's the painting for the next Wine and Art class on August 20. Isn't it  beautiful??'
We Care Arts is the perfect place to explore art as well as engage in social interaction and personal social growth.  It is a wonderful feeling to see how much fun our clients are having with their friends. We Care Arts proudly continues to strive to expand personal growth through art and various kinds of art media. 
By Mallory Holler, We Care Arts staff


Friday, August 12, 2016

Let's Honor the 26th Anniversary of the ADA

      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.
 We care Arts is thrilled to share the positive outcome from this very successful opportunity to raise awareness of a wide variety of disabilities. 

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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mallory and Morgan's tattoos!

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.

Morgan has been coming to WCA since graduating from high school. She has started her own business at www.aunt-M-designs.com, where she designs and sells t-shirts to various organizations. She also loves coming to our Art Café program on Tuesday night, where young people do art and have a great time every week!

All of our fundraising events, like Arts and Drafts, support Art Café and all of our other programs.
We want to thank Trivium, DLG Tattoo from Jeanette PA, and Ryan Hadley from Fort Wayne IN for their donation of over $1500 from the tattoo fees at our event. Artists helping artists! Awesome!!






Thursday, July 28, 2016

Arts and Drafts Festival

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
We will also have delicious local craft beer and craft root beer provided by:

Toxic Brew
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
  • Watchfrogs
  • 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 ccorba@wecarearts.org.
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


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Meet Another Enthusiastic We Care Artist...

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

Color Your Steps

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 
  • ·         Draw 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

Sharen taught this activity to our artists on visiting artist day which was Monday, July 11.  This was a perfect opportunity for people to learn something new as well as experience doing wearable art! 


Please find a short you tube video below that shows a portion of the fun filled class! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Let's celebrate Social Wellness Month!

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

How creative expression can change the lives of people affected by PTSD

June is National PTSD Awareness Month

June is the month for us to raise awareness for PTSD and the potential treatment as well as honor the large population of individuals with or affected by PTSD.  In 2010 Congress named June 27th as PTSD Awareness Day.  Then in 2014 the Senate designated the full month of June as National PTSD Awareness Month. 

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.   

WCA welcomes one of our amazing artists.

We Care Arts is proud to introduce Christopher Suggs, one of our many talented artists. Christopher was born in Dayton, grew up in Trotwood, and attended Trotwood High School. There, he won awards in the art club and enjoyed mentoring younger students. After graduating, he attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Sinclair Community College. While at Sinclair in 2006, he had a mental health issue and was briefly hospitalized. Since then, he has worked hard to become independent. Christopher likes to paint landscapes and cityscapes. He also does graphic arts and photography. He likes to work out, doing calisthenics and weight lifting, and running. He mentors youth at his church, to help them stay focused and keep them on the right track. He wants to return to school and complete his art degrees. Early in 2013, he began coming to We Care Arts. He finds coming here encouraging and it really uplifts his spirits. He finds that everyone is understanding about disabilities and he likes being around the positive people at We Care Arts. 

Check out some of Christopher's creative paintings....

Thursday, June 16, 2016

We Care Arts at Town and Country Center

We are thrilled to announce that the recently opened kiosk at Town and Country Shopping Center has been successful. It was opened in October of 2015.  This shop is conveniently located across from Trader Joe's where you can easily spot all of the creative crafts designed by our client artists. The large variety of crafts include ceramics, jewelry, purses, scarves and many more hand designed items.

Store hours are:
Monday - Friday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5 pm

Each month one of our talented artists has a table 
that features their amazing work for purchase.

This is a great way to connect with new people and learn all the positive ways art benefits different people.

We also want send a BIG THANK YOU out to Bockrath Flooring for their generous donation to provide us with a new floor in the store.
We truly appreciate all your assistance in making 
We Care Arts an even better place.

Your contributions not only support We Care Arts 
but also everyone that we serve throughout the community.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

We Care Arts First Annual 5K Run, Stroll, and Roll

Enjoy the first annual 5k Arts and Drafts: RUN, STROLL and ROLL!
This will be an exciting and fun filled opportunity to connect with others 
and test your stamina for a good cause.  
All proceeds benefit We Care Arts.

Check-in at 6:30 am, Run, Stroll and Roll begins at 8:00 am!
Registration and parking:
  on the Kettering Recreation Complex side, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio. 

Click this link to register: http://5KArtsandDrafts.itsyourrace.com/.


$35 includes t-shirt if registered by Tuesday July 26, 2016

$40 registered July 27 until run day (shirt cannot be guaranteed)

BY MAIL: We Care Arts, 3035 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH 45429

Cost is nonrefundable. Course is completely accessible and the event is open to everyone at all levels of physical ability.


• Top male and female overall receive a hand painted mug!

• Each participant will receive a handcrafted ceramic medal created by the talented clients at We Care Arts and a free beverage coupon for We Care Arts ARTS and DRAFTS celebration that evening.



Thursday, June 2, 2016

"An Evening at the Races" was a huge success!!

This year's event was full of firsts! A record 175 people attended We Care Arts "An Evening at the Races" event on May 13. This fundraiser at the Presidential Banquet Center was more successful than ever before. Also, there was more betting at this year's fundraiser than  in previous years.

This was also the first year for our two new, generous sponsors, Hollywood Gaming and ZHCx Consulting Firm, in addition to the Cole Foundation, to contribute to the success of this exciting event.

Everyone had an amazing time, with lots of rambunctious betting, which greatly helped this year's horse race raise more money than ever before in the 50/50 raffle and Heads and Tails contest. This is greatly beneficial to We Care Arts and all of the wonderful services we provide for people with all abilities.

We are also thrilled to say that two of our piggy bank awards for the winning horse owners went all the way to California. It is so wonderful to have people from all over the United States learning about the good work here at We Care Arts!