I'll be participating in a gallery night and art auction to benefit Valley Educational Associates and the United Arc on Friday, February 21 from 6-9PM at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA.
A portion of all proceeds from work for sale as part of the art exhibit will be donated to the two organizations, with percentage varying per artist. However, for the silent auction portion of the show, 100% of proceeds will be donated to the organizations. The exhibit will feature New England artists and include painting, photography, sculpture and hand-made jewelry.
VALLEY EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATES PROVIDES WORK TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES TO THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED. IN THE SOUTH DEERFIELD WORK SITE WORKS ARE TRAINED TO BUILD BOOKCASES. INDIVIDUALS DO REAL WORK FOR REAL PAY. IN ADDITION, INDIVIDUALS WORK IN SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT JOBS THROUGHOUT WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. THEY GAIN EXPERIENCE IN WHICH THEY BECOME VALUED MEMBERS IN THE WORKFORCE AND THE COMMUNITY. THE FUNDRAISED DONATIONS WILL GO TOWARDS COMMUNITY BASED ACTIVITIES AND OUTINGS FOR THE INDIVIDUALS.
THE UNITED ARC PROVIDES ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. THE ARC PROVIDES A VARIETY OF SUPPORT SERVICES FOR FAMILIES, SUPPORT FOR INCLUSION AND TRANSITION PLANNING FOR SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN AND TEENS, AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR ADULTS.