UARTS Chapel Haven to hold May 5 Open House
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UARTS Chapel Haven to hold May 5 Open House

The following is a special needs program update from Chapel Haven

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UArts Chapel Haven  will hold an open house on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 5-7 p.m.

Visit this pioneering artisan workshop and training program at Chapel Haven’s new satellite location, 335 Washington Avenue, North Haven.

This event is free, open to the public and press coverage is invited. Shop for unique artisan gifts, support our artists and mingle.

Uarts is a unique artisan studio program launched in partnership with Chapel Haven and funded by a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD. This is the first program of its kind to receive a pilot arts grant targeted to adults with disabilities from the State of Connecticut and already, Chapel Haven is off to a great start.

“It is entrepreneurial programs and partnerships like this that will define a new creative job workforce” said Kip Bergestrom, Deputy Commissioner DECD/Office the Arts.

Chapel Haven clients have produced artisan products that were showcased and received a popular reception at two holiday markets, in Hartford and at Whitney Center in Hamden.  Workshop participants, guided by professional artists, produced hand painted silk scarves, textile products, unique bags and cards daily during the pilot phase.  In the coming months many new products will be designed and produced. The studio will open to the public for classes and arts learning opportunities.

Chapel Haven is an award winning an award-winning, nationally accredited school and transition program serving 250-plus adults with a variety of abilities and needs.

“I am so proud of all that has been accomplished so quickly by our burgeoning artists,” said ChaUarts morepel Haven President Michael Storz. “I encourage everyone to attend the open house, shop for some unique gifts and show support for this unique employment path for our individuals.”

The goal of this program is to provide training, opportunities, access and engagement and resources for populations who have challenges connecting to creativity, accessing studio space, materials and mentorship in the pursuit of creative careers.

The program also provides training for established CT artists who are interested in becoming teachers and studio managers.

For more information, please call (203) 397-1714, ext. 198.