CCHS Receives Grant to Create AcessABLE Community Garden
Thanks to generous funding from the City of Columbus and Franklin County Community Garden Grant Program CCHS will be turning last year's vegetable patch into an accessible community garden!
Led by CCHS Inclusion Specialist, Teresa Waits, and Career, Activity, & Community's Dirt Devils gardening group, the AccessABLE Community Garden is designed to bring together individuals from our programs and members of the greater community through a shared love of gardening. We hope that this approach will be mutually beneficial for those who participate; highlighting abilities rather than disabilities, learning from one another, and building an accepting and welcoming community space that everyone can enjoy.
- Vegetable Garden: 476 sq.ft. vegetable garden, bordered by a 201 sq.ft. raised bed, will enable those with limited mobility the chance to fully participate and get their hands dirty!
- Sensory Garden: Six new raised beds adjacent to a wheelchair accessible and covered path will be planted with bright, fragrant, textured, and tasty plants that stimulate the senses.
- Sustainability: New gutters and rain barrels will help us conserve a precious resource, water! A composting bin will recycle waste into valuable nutrients for the garden.
In addition to the funds received for materials, Scotts Miracle-Gro has also donated a large amount of soil, mulch, humus, and plant food to ensure the garden has a great start.
Over the coming months, we will be looking for community gardeners to help with construction, planting, maintenance, and skill sharing. If you are interested, please visit our volunteer page to learn more!
Artists Take Part in VSA Ohio's Accessible Expressions Exhibition
Many CCHS artists, along with family and friends attended the opening reception and award ceremony for VSA Ohio’s Accessible Expressions Exhibition.
Congratulations to Open Door Art Studio & Gallery's Mark Henderson for being awarded 3rd place in the Professional Artist category for his painting The Last Supper! Further congratulations to all of the artists who were selected to participate this year: Rachael Armstrong, Tina Dieble, Kieran Donovan, Brooklyn Gary, Ian Howard, Karia Karia, David Lombardi (posthumously), Charles Poe, Chad Rose, John Smith, and Tommy Tyler!
Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. This professional development opportunity helps raise awareness about art and disability by presenting the art in inclusive settings, where viewers can pARTicipate and artwork is for sale.
CCHS Program Coordinator, Jane Muoki, Awarded Scholarship
We would like to congratulate CCHS Program Coordinator, Jane Muoki, on being awarded the Patrick M. Pozderac Scholarship through the Educational Foundation of Ohio Health Care Association!
This $2,000 scholarship will enable Jane to further her educational and professional goals, ultimately impacting the lives of the individuals she helps to support here at CCHS.
Jane will be honored during a Scholarship Celebration Luncheon held during the OHCA Annual Convention Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 12 pm.
Caring A Tune Brings Lots of Smiles to CCHS
Caring A Tune was a bit hit with the individuals living at Park West Court Apartments!
From the Beatles, to Hang on Sloopy, to Puff the Magic Dragon – everyone got the chance to pick their favorite tunes. There was dancing, laughter, and joy among all in attendance.
Special thanks to James Martin for volunteering his time and talent! Thanks also to Becky Miller, CCHS’ Speech Therapist for coordinating this wonderful event.
Open Door Art Studio & Gallery Creative Mentor Attends National Ceramics Conference
Open Door Art Studio & Gallery Creative Mentor Tim Cook recently had the opportunity to attend The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) National Conference this year in Pittsburgh, PA thanks to funding received through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities – Building Innovative Service Model Grant. Speaking of the conference, Tim said:
“It was definitely an experience that I will never forget! I had the opportunity to network, meet some of the top artists in the ceramic arts, and attend great lectures and demonstrations where I gained valuable knowledge to bring back to the ceramic artists of Open Door.”
There were over 50 ceramic exhibitions going on in conjunction with NCECA and Tim was able to see some great artwork and brought back photos to inspire the artists of Open Door.