Artistic Achievements Celebrated at Mid-winter Arts Festival

2/10/2012

 

Shana Brautigam of Rooted in Clay looks on as a student plays a xylophone made by other Crotched Mountain School students in art class.GREENFIELD, NH - Crotched Mountain students and clients have been working with a variety of artistic mediums over the past 6 months With the support of Crotched Mountain staff and local professional artists On Friday, February 10th, Crotched Mountain came together to celebrate their artistic achievement as part of a Mid-Winter Arts Festival.

 

Saul from the Cedars Point program started the festival by reading poetry. He read one of his own poems entitled Journey which gave the audience a glimpse into his past as a young boy who overcame hardships but have not deterred him from reaching for his hopes and dreams.

 

Photography was the next genre celebrated. Several clients from our Specialty Hospital worked with David Kontak of the Occupational Therapy department and Geoff Forester of Forester Photography to take photos of different scenes around the mountain. The cameras used by the clients were modified with adaptive switches so that they could capture images on their own despite the limited mobility in their hands.

 

Shana Brautigam of Rooted in Clay in Rindge, NH worked for several months with art teacher Bill Corwin and his students to create ceramic and clay musical instruments. The students then practiced using them in music class. Music teacher Bonnie Arpin directed her class as they played the instruments they created for the audience during the festival.

 

The final presentation of the festival was done by those who have been participating in our Drumming Circle program. Lead by Music Therapist Lynn Reimer of New Boston, the Drumming Circle musicians played a couple of selections and encouraged the audience to join in with them.

 

We would like to thank the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Art Ventures New England, NH State Council on the Arts, and the Crotched Mountain Board of Trustees for sponsoring the Healing Arts Program and these artist residencies. The creativity and talent that our clients and students demonstrated was inspiring.

 

Crotched Mountain Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1953 with a mission to serve individuals with disabilities and their families, embracing personal choice and development, and building communities of mutual support. Crotched Mountain provides specialized education, rehabilitation, community and residential support services for more than 3,000 people throughout New England and New York. For more information about Crotched Mountain, please visit www.crotchedmountain.org 



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