Who We Serve

Students with learning, and physical disabilities. ArtThread is proud to be working with Project 10: Transition Education Network. Their mission is to assist the Florida Department of Education in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes. ArtThread’s Work of Art Program is being used in all 67 Florida school districts, providing training and support that yields empowerment and self-determination for these students, who have produced over 10,000 pieces of art.

Pre-school children with learning disabilities.  ArtThread’s pARTnership with the Early Learning Institute (ELI) includes a comprehensive training program and gallery that enhances their Tech n’ Tots program. This technology focused support program is designed to expand and enhance a child’s access to play, communication and ultimately their social connections through the use of high tech and low tech resources. ArtThread faculty assists in exploring strategies that support emerging developmental skills through the use of augmentative devices, and assist the child’s efforts in their overall interactive play and academic and social experiences.

Pediatric hospital patients. This partnership brings the ArtThread Interactive Online Gallery to the kids at Shriners Hospital in Tampa, which provides specialized care for orthopedic conditions, burns, and spinal cord injuries. The art made by Shriners kids in Tampa is on display in their custom Gallery, and all the art is visible on large format LCD screens throughout the hospital. Children can make and share art in the ArtThread Creativity Corner, a dedicated installation of computers and art supplies in the activity center.

Residents in memory care facilities. ArtThread created a pilot Colors of Care program with Superior Residences in Ft. Myers, Florida. This included training for their staff along with direct workshops and art-making sessions with residents of this memory care facility. ArtThread faculty worked with the families of residents, showing them how to connect with the residents using the universal language of art – no matter where they are! The staff at Superior Residences worked with ArtThread to provide outreach to the community as a way of both sharing creative experiences and providing respite to community caregivers. Caring for the special needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and other dementia related illnesses requires an extraordinary balance of professionalism and sensitivity. Superior Residences management philosophy promotes innovation and encourages creativity so everyone can “Live the moment…Love the moment.”

Artists with disabilities; artists in residence in schools. VSA arts of Florida is dedicated to creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. This multi-faceted partnership with ArtThread began with a grant from the Able Trust Foundation, which helped launch the Work of Art program, and began with a training program to give artists with disabilities a way to navigate critical career pathways and learn technical and entrepreneurial skills. From there the partnership grew to a state-wide program where VSA artists in residence work with students in Florida schools, training them to use ArtThread’s online art-making tools, providing a healthy means of creative expression.