Each year, Community Focus, an outreach program for adults conducted by the Blanden Memorial Art Museum reaches over 1,900 individuals. This Program, taught by artist Sharon Balm includes creative hands-on creative arts activities for its clients and as a bonus, is an important social outlet.
Community Focus serves individuals faced with disabilities and life challenges that make it difficult for them to travel to a museum or experience the arts in other ways.
Quote from Sharon Balm in regard to the program:
"My clients enjoy what we're doing and they are always excited that I'm there with them. Most of them are unable to drive or get out on their own for any activity either because of age, handicap, health issues, or limited income. Community Focus gives them the chance to express themselves through their artwork.
The arts are very therapeutic, benefiting eye-hand coordination, concentration and focus, and bringing a feeling of personal accomplishment. The activities we do offer an opportunity for socialization with others, breaking the isolation and taking their minds off their problems as they spend more time enjoying the moment."
The Staff of the Blanden and the participants of the community focus program thank you for your generous support.