Who We Are
We are a resource for people with and without disabilities to connect with other artists in their community.
In the fall of 2013 we had our grand opening for Prisms Gallery. After many successful pop-up shows, craft tables and being invited to show in other galleries for the two years prior, PCL decided that we needed our own permanent space to be able to showcase the work done by people we support.
The Center for the Arts at PCL is an art program that encourages adults with developmental disabilities to explore and challenge themselves through artistic practices. PCL is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 that works hard to “Expand the Horizons and Enhance the Quality of Life of Those We Support. Then Employment section of PCL provides vocational training and job coaches that help the people we support find opportunities to work in the community. At this point we have 88 people supported through our department, and we’re still growing!
We believe in the importance of having a meaningful career and always seeking to find the perfect job for each person based on their dreams and aspirations, as well as their skills and abilities. Several people are interested in pursuing the arts in a professional manner. The artists through the program have been provided with the resources to make their art with other artists and show their work in different venues to the community. Artists are involved in many processes including, making frames out of wood, stretching and prepping canvases, and researching design ideas. Drawing, painting, working with clay, photography, recycled “found” art sculpting, music and more. We are also looking into theater arts, ceramics, printmaking and silk screening.
Another main focus of this art program is to bring together the people we support with other people in our community with similar interests. We offer free workshops and open studio times that anyone can come be part of in effort to make this happen.
The most exciting part of this program is discovering new talents and interests from those supported who have very different types of disabilities. Being involved with this program has proved to be especially beneficial for those with challenging behaviors and with limited communication outlets, as making art can be an incredible tool for self discovery, relating to others, and boosting confidence through accomplishment. It is thrilling to hear the success stories and see the growth of this program over the last year. We also know that it is very important to the artists supported that we continue to broaden their opportunities so they can continue to follow their passion.
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We rely mainly on donations, grants, volunteers and exchanged services. If you're interested in helping in any of these categories, please contact us!
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