Six artists within the Art@Arc program, along with staff, visited the di Rosa Art Preserve in the Napa hills. The di Rosa is an art oasis set on a large estate of amazing natural beauty. It holds a huge collection of art by Northern California artists. We were inspired and enchanted by the many pieces of art, both in the gallery spaces and in the outdoor sculpture gardens. Afterward, we visited a local park, where we picnicked and explored nature by doing plein aire drawing.
The Art@Arc program provides instruction and guidance in several media. Additionally, we educate our art students about art history and art within the greater community. We participate in the art competition at the County Fair, winning many awards each year, and our work is also shown in local galleries.
Consumers from all three Core Programs enjoyed socializing and testing their skills at our Carnival and Ice Cream Social that we hosted on April 18. Upon arriving, Consumers received their "Passport to Fun," a colorful program that listed all the games set up for their pleasure. As consumers participated at each game, their passports were checked off and they earned tickets that could later be redeemed for prizes. Once all the completed passports were collected, TS Consumer Richard Fowler’s passport was drawn and he won the grand prize basket!
The carnival games included: Rubber Ducky Race, Blow Up Bowling, Fish in a Cup, Rolling for Race Cars, Ring Toss, Bingo, Fruit Balance, Egg in a Spoon Race, and Guess How Many Gum Balls. These games tested a variety of gross and fine motor skills, counting, balancing, and manual dexterity.
When consumers wanted to take a break from the games, they enjoyed each other’s company while eating an ice cream Sundae, prepared by the TS staff. We offered a few different flavors of ice cream, including lactose free and no sugar added varieties, and a myriad of tasty toppings.
The Arc-Solano is happy to host three major consumer events each year. This gives our participants a chance to practice social skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, as well as reconnect with friends whom they may not see very often. Our next event will be our summer BBQ in late August/early September in Fairfield and then we’ll host our annual Holiday Feast in early December.