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New Arts Center with Therapeutic Approach Opens in Orange

New Arts Center with Therapeutic Approach Opens in Orange

A brand-new arts center with a distinctive mission has opened in Orange.  Founded by two board-certified, registered art therapists, Art People provides hands-on creative arts-based services through art therapy, diverse art workshops, gallery exhibits, community involvement, and private events.  While programming is available to a wide variety of clients, Art People (291 South Lambert Road) specializes in working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.

“We firmly believe what we do is for everybody,” says Kathryn Kelly, co-founder.  “We consistently take the steps to make it accessible for all.”

Kelly and co-founder Jennifer Narcisco have a combined 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities and diverse populations through art therapy.  An alternative or complement to talk therapy, art therapy can give people a way to express feelings without needing to find the words.  Kelly and Narcisco discovered a need for this type of therapy in a population often underserved by traditional psychotherapy services.

Current group art therapy offerings cover a range of focuses, including social, life and workplace skills, coping mechanisms and sensory experiences.  Art People also offers after-school art therapy, a neurodiversity-affirming group session for autistic artists and limited individual art therapy sessions.

Another unique Art People offering is the center’s proprietary, customizable Inclusive Arts training, which teaches skills and knowledge needed to provide elevated arts programming inclusive of all people.  The training can be tailored to art therapists, educators, social workers, mental health practitioners, human services agencies and community groups – any organization that wishes to learn how to incorporate the arts into its operations.

“This training teaches participants to think about art programming in a different way:  the possibilities of working with someone, instead of the limitations,” says Narcisco.

In addition to art therapy groups and training, Art People offers an array of arts services to give anyone and everyone the opportunity to heal, grow, explore and be witnessed through the power of art.  These offerings may be held in New Haven and Fairfield counties and include:

  • Paint nights (which include a custom design of the participant’s choosing);
  • Art workshops such as silk scarf painting and silk screening;
  • Private art events for special occasions like birthday parties and bachelorette festivities;
  • Team-building workshops for corporate organizations;
  • Art activities for local events like fairs and festivals;
  • Visiting artist workshops, gallery exhibits and more.

To learn more about Art People, go to www.artpeoplect.com.

Art People (291 South Lambert Road, Orange, CT 06477, (475) 414-6307) offers hands-on creative arts-based services through art therapy, diverse art workshops, gallery exhibits, community involvement, private events and a proprietary Inclusive Arts training program.  Founded in 2021 by two art therapists with a combined experience of over 20 years of working with people with disabilities, Art People provides programs for a wide variety of clients but specializes in working with individuals who have intellectual disabilities.

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