Arc of Palm Beach County is bringing together the community through art in the form of a mosaic—each tiny piece contributing to the big work of art.
“It does not matter who you are, what you do, how big of a job you have or how small of a job you have, people connect when they do art together,” says Kimberly McCarten, the president and CEO of the Arc of Palm Beach County.
On Aug. 16, the group is partnering with Schumacher Automotive (3031 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach) to create a mosaic, a collaboration with artisans from Arc and the community, which will then go on display in the showroom.
The organization serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, reaching nearly 3,000 clients and families each year with their 13 programs throughout the county. This includes occupational, physical, and speech therapy for children during the school day, as well as mentorship programs, adult services, and group homes for older clients.
“We really do everything that an individual would need really from birth and through their entire lifespan,” McCarten says.
For the community art project, tiles will be available for anyone to make their creation to contribute towards the mural. Also, Arc artisans will be displaying their artwork, from drawings and paintings to sculpture. Here, they’ll learn how to sell their work, practice dealing with money, taking the piece out of inventory, and the overall retail experience.
Finishing touches and applying a sealant will be done at the Arc, then the mosaic will be returned and presented to the Schumacher team.
One of the ongoing programs is a Job-a-Palooza, where clients can can be matched with mentors and companies looking to hire within their skill set. Unlike other job fairs, the companies create interactive booths where clients can try their hand at different tasks.
“We have a lot of people with disabilities who go through life and no one has ever asked them what they want to be or want they want to do, let alone thinking they can have a job,” McCarten said.
On Aug. 25, the group will be bringing its Job-A-Polooza back, this time in Boca Raton.
To RSVP for the community mosaic project on Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., call 561/935-4471.