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(New York, NY)–HeartShare Human Services hosted its 8th Annual ArtShare for HeartShare Opening Reception at Central Booking on Thursday, November 10.
Q104.3’s “Rock and Roll in the Morning” Radio Host Jim Kerr and HeartShare Board Member of nearly 30 years welcomed artists and guests to the show. “For the past 8 years, ArtShare for HeartShare has been a platform for those who often have been overlooked or silenced,” Jim said.
The Lower East Side gallery reception featured the creative multimedia works of almost 50 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities who participate in HeartShare’s programs. In addition to canvas paintings, collages, masks, sculptures and photography, HeartShare’s Jewelry Studio features handcrafted necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Donna Limiti, Region 4 Director at the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), also attended to show her support. “I attend many events, but this is one that I truly look forward to,” said Limiti. “Your work is on par with contemporary artists.”
HeartShare’s partnership with the Museum of Modern Art has reinforced the belief that our artists have a valued voice in the New York arts community. With the leadership of MoMA educator Rachel Cohen, HeartShare artists participated in customized museum tours and workshops. The ArtShare Opening Reception premiered a video story about this relationship between Rachel and our artists. For those efforts, Rachel was presented with a “You Make a Difference” Award.
HeartShare Co-Curators Barbara Cuthel and Edgardo Velez also were recognized for their dedicated volunteerism in making the annual exhibition, as well as the MoMA partnership possible.
HeartShare also is developing a partnership with the Dedalus Foundation, which fosters public understanding of modern art through its education programs. In Fall 2017, Dedalus will pilot a series of 14 art classes with artists from HeartShare’s Brooklyn Day Program and Brooklyn PACT (Partnering with Autistic CiTizens) Program. This will be the Foundation’s first program with adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This Fall, ArtShare works also have been featured in lobby shows at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, National Grid and HeartShare’s main office at 12 MetroTech Center.
To learn more about HeartShare’s Developmental Disabilities Services, visit www.heartshare.org.