ERESC's 2nd Annual
Arts Accessible Festival
Ms. Jil DeMasi, Ms. Armisey Smith, Mr. Kevin Guyton, & Dr. Laurie Newell
The Essex Regional Educational Services Commission partnered with Arts Unbound to present an arts festival for children, teens, adults and seniors who are learning or developmentally disabled.
Over 200 guests from day programs in New Jersey arrived to enjoy art workshops, music by DJ Giselle, face painting by Chandra, delicious popcorn, snacks and photo booth picture taking by Miles of Smiles. Student Ambassadors from Essex Campus Academy assisted our visitors in the art workshops and motivated guests to dance and sing.
Artists arrived to instruct classes on yoga, sketching, watercolor painting, decoupage, print making, paper sculpture, scratch art, clay sculpture, cartooning, jewelry making, paper art and triangle angles.
We look forward to working with Arts Unbound to provide the same creative and happy experience next year!
Arts Unbound exhibits serve the dual function of generating income for artists with disabilities who are low- and moderate-income, and bringing cultural enrichment to the neighborhood. Over the past decade, other arts organizations and venues have joined us, including Luna Stage, Yema Gallery, Hat City Kitchen, the Valley Arts artist co-op, The Rectangle Gallery, and myriad artist live-work spaces.
The Art Accessible Festival is just one of many ERESC initiatives that serves to empower our community.
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