Thursday, January 23, 2014

Latham Centers Students and Adult Residents “Unite” to Wage February Art Show at Wellfleet Public Library


Latham Centers is hosting an agency-wide art show entitled “United” open to the public for the entire month of February at the Wellfleet Public Library. The colorful show features some 40 works by students of Latham School in Brewster and adult residents of Latham who live throughout Cape Cod.  The exhibiting student artists attend school year-round at Latham's residential campus while Latham adults reside in Cape homes close to work sites, day habilitation programs and other activities. Latham specializes in the treatment of complex developmental, emotional and physical special needs, including Prader-Willi Syndrome. “United” marks the first time that Latham students and adult residents have collaborated on a joint art show.

“Working with people with complex special needs can be challenging in that they cannot always easily express their feelings,” according to Erik Tibbetts, Latham Adult Services Manager+ and organizer of the program’s monthly Creativity Group. “Art gives our individuals a way to express themselves…in a variety of different mediums.  The group is therapeutic and a great winter social outlet, giving our residents the freedom to create something from scratch that they can be proud of and feel a sense of accomplishment.” 

The faculty and staff at Latham School for students ages 8 to 22 took the opportunity to create art for the Wellfleet show centered upon the themes of Black History Month, Presidents’ Day and Valentine’s Day.  “We have seen so much creativity and learning come about from our art classes on campus. It is always heartening to see the world through the eyes of a child, especially children who have experienced struggles who come to us to heal and grow,” adds Gerry Pouliot, Latham School Director of Education.

The Wellfleet Public Library is located at 55 West Main Street in Wellfleet. Hours of operation, including viewing access to the Latham “United” art show in the library meeting room are: 

Monday 2–8p 
Tuesday 10a–8p 
Wednesday and Thursday 2–8p 
Friday and Saturday 10a-5p
Sunday 2-5p. 

The Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 17 for Presidents’ Day.
To learn more about the library, log on to wellfleetlibrary.org or call 508-349-0310.

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