First United Methodist Foundation Grant-- Adaptive Tools for ArTs!
ArTs at Bost has received a grant from the First United Methodist Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to offer adaptive tools to the ArTs program participants. All forms of art offer educational opportunities for students and access to adaptive tools to overcome limitations when creating different forms of art. This is beneficial in multiple ways- it increases engagement, confidence, and consumers learn transferable skills to use outside the classrooms. Adaptive tools can range from grasping tools to make drawing and painting easier to scented markers for consumers with visual impairment to distinguish between colors and accessible props and performance environments to ensure actors and audience members feel valued during a performance. Adaptive tools make it much more likely that consumers with varying abilities can engage in all art making processes and can rely less on staff to help them. This in turn creates more confidence and can help consumers become more independent in other areas of their lives. ArTs at Bost is so thankful to FUMC Foundation for providing us with the opportunity to provide these adaptive tools to our consumers.
Pictured L to R: FUMC Foundation Member Diane Wing, FUMC Pastor Bud Reeves, ArTs at Bost Coordinator LaDawna Dillman, ArTs assistant Birdie Knotts, Bost Consumer and ArTs participant Jenny F. and FUMC Pastor DeeDee Autry.