WBZ Cares: The Special Artists Program

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (Photo Credit: Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc./Facebook)

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (Photo Credit: Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc./Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (SNAP) which provides people with disabilities opportunities that celebrate each person's unique abilities while cultivating creative expression, building peer relationships, and fostering self-esteem through life-enhancing activities in the arts.

The Special Artists Program at SNAP brings together those with developmental disabilities to work on art projects. Jenny is one of the artists.

“I do art for fun. One of my favorite artwork that I have done recently the “ninth diet” artwork that I did it before. I gave it to umm a Christmas gift for my mom, for my sister and for my sister-in-law. It was a painting,” Jenny said.

Jenny is also a long-time member of the SNAP chorus. “We just had our spring concert,” she said.

Do you remember some of the songs?

“Fly to the Moon, Frank Sinatra. Kokomo, from The Beach Boys,” Jenny stated. Jenny's mother Susan Staecker says SNAP allows Jenny to have a great circle of friends.

“This has given her an opportunity to have social interaction with her peers around music and around art. And the relationships are what it’s all about,” Staecker stated.

Rhona Barlevy helped found the Special Artists Program.

“Their independence and their artistic voice that shines through is amazing. Their work. Some of their work can be in any gallery. It doesn’t have to be labeled special artists, and that was one of our goals. I wanted to see these guys really become artists and they have. And they identify that way. It’s really wonderful and I feel blessed to be able to be part of this and to have helped to establish it and run it,” Barlevy concluded.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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