Apr 062017
 
Arc Artisan Program

SunFest is less than a month away (May 3-7) and the clients at The Arc of Palm Beach County are excited to unveil mosaics made exclusively for this annual event. Thanks to the collaboration of clients, staff, and hundreds of volunteers, The Arc has been able to craft more than 120 mosaics which will be sold at SunFest’s brand-new Art District.

A new mix of mosaics

During SunFest, festival goers can expect to find a new mix of mosaics, along with the ones you would typically find at The Arc’s Courim Center in Riviera Beach. The beautiful mix of marine life and hearts will be accompanied by guitars and sunbursts. The new designs were chosen to complement the popular music and art festival held every year at the downtown waterfront in West Palm Beach. The handmade pieces will be sold at The Arc’s booth at SunFest, along with a variety of other collectibles such as kitchen items, framed prints, note cards, flowerpots, and much more.

Mosaics SunFest

Mosaics for SunFest made by The Arc

It took several months to come up with the collection of mosaics to be sold at SunFest. Prices for the mosaics being sold during the event start as low as $10. A portion of the art sales directly benefit clients at The Arc of Palm Beach County. For every piece of artwork that is sold, the artisan that worked on the piece receives a commission, which enables them to earn a paycheck. It is the mission of The Arc of Palm Beach County to ensure that its clients have the opportunity to be as independent as possible through quality services, education, and advocacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Clients in The Arc’s Artisan Program work year-round in a variety of media, including decorative mosaic art, painting, and sketching. Through this program, which is a part of the nonprofit’s Career Transition Program, clients learn how to market their artwork, speak to customers, and handle financial transactions.

During SunFest, The Arc is excited to unveil another major project that clients and volunteers have been working tirelessly on for the past few months. A large, 8-foot-tall, mosaic guitar that will be a focal point of the Art District.

To find out how you can get involved with The Arc, contact Shani Simpson by calling 561-842-3213 or email [email protected]

Photos courtesy: Jacek Photos

 April 6, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog