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Participants recognized in Goodyear arts program for special needs kids

Post Date:06/11/2014

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June 11, 2014    

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Participants recognized in Goodyear arts program for special needs kids

Program will continue, thanks to volunteers and grant from APS


                A visual arts program that provides a rich and rewarding experience in the spring for kids with special needs will continue in the fall, thanks in part to its volunteers and a contribution from APS.

                Guylene Ozlanski, arts and culture coordinator for the city of Goodyear, recognized participants in the inaugural program, Arts Interact: Adaptive Visual Arts Program during the Goodyear City Council meeting on Monday, June 9 and also expressed appreciation to APS, which provided a $1,000 sponsorship.

The program, which is done in partnership with the Avondale Elementary School District, was held over six Saturdays at Wildflower Elementary School from March 15 to April 19, is tailored to meet the needs of children with cognitive and physical challenges.

Under the leadership of art instructor Jane Odom and her son, Chase and volunteer Alyssa Kotzbauer, the program allowed 15 students to work on projects such as glass pendants, collages, paintings and work with clay.

“Not only did this class teach individual students visual arts skills, it also became an opportunity for families to work together in an open and creative environment,” Ozlanski said. “It’s a fun and rewarding experience for the kids and provides them an opportunity to be creative and participate in art projects and have fun while they’re working on them.”

“Arts Interact was made possible by APS through a corporate giving sponsorship,” Ozlanski added. “The partnership with APS provided the funding necessary to implement this program for our community and this sponsorship was the “jumpstart” needed to begin this program that will continue in the fall.

As identified in the Arts and Culture Action Plan, our goals are to provide opportunities that engage all ages, gender and skill levels in the arts. In meeting these goals, the Arts Interact program was created.

A survey conducted at the end of the program showed that families were 100 percent satisfied with Arts Interact and are looking for other opportunities like this to participate in. Arts Interact for visual arts will include performing arts in the near future.

“We’re excited about the program continuing,” Ozlanski said.

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