The following news was submitted by Mia Joshi from The Foundling’s Developmental Disabilities Division.
This spring, members of the Developmental Disabilities Division’s Day Habilitation program participated in a “Without Walls” art education program.
The purpose of the program was to involve Day Habilitation participants in art appreciation through multi-sensory learning. Mia Joshi, the educational advocate for the DD Division, initiated the art education experiences.
For the April education workshop, individuals, who ranged in age from 18-65 and are from the Bronx, Staten Island, and Rockland, learned about the life and work of Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky was famous for his use of contrasting colors and shapes. Individuals had the opportunity to paint their own works of art.
For the May education workshop, individuals toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each Day Habilitation site had a private tour by an Access Program tour guide. The groups explored the African Art and Modern Art wings of the museum. The tour guides provided the individuals who were touring with art supplies and replicas of canvases and sculptures to enhance the learning experience.