Posted by: | Posted on: February 3, 2009

Art created by people with disabilities promoted at Leesburg Art Festival

3/3/2008 – 35201 Radio Road, Leesburg FL, 34788

03/01/2008 – Leesburg, FL SunriseArc, a nonprofit organization who promotes advocacy for people with cognitive learning disabilities, hosted a booth at the 31st annual Leesburg Art Festival held in the Downtown Market in Leesburg. The booth was filled with several works of art created by people with disabilities with the assistance of local artist Patty Calamari. On display were 8 pieces of art; 7 paintings and one Styrofoam sculpture of “the alley cat”. The pieces were created through the SunriseART program at the SunriseArc Day Training Facility on Radio Road in Leesburg. The focus of the booth was to spread advocacy, and speak on behalf of SunriseArc to explain “what we do” to the community. The reception from the community was overwhelming, as patrons fought for a place in front of the SunriseArc tent to catch a glimpse of the artwork on display. Among the many admirers, were several families that have loved ones enrolled in the numerous SunriseArc programs. They were encouraged by our enthusiasm in bringing advocacy to people with disabilities to the forefront of the community.