Once a month we host a two-hour painting class/pizza party for persons with developmental disabilities and friends from the general community. These events are an opportunity for day program participants and other special needs friends to paint and socialize with guests (volunteers) from the broader community. The parties are very popular and eagerly anticipated by all participants. We have learned that individuals with developmental disabilities are often very isolated, spending their days primarily with others from their own community, having few opportunities to socialize with the general public.
Our Pizza-Paint parties provide this opportunity. And of course, the day program participants are not the only ones who learn and grow and benefit from this experience. Our community volunteers find the parties incredibly rewarding as well. The one-on-one personal connection of creating art together creates a bond between participants, increasing their understanding of each other and their worlds.
Call the studio at 612-354-3961 to learn how to get your special needs group involved or how to become a paint buddy volunteer!
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.