Latham Centers was a participant in the Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN!) organization this past spring. Students in Latham’s sensory art club made a variety of different artwork to be displayed and sold in the small art shanties near Hyannis harbor. The collaboration with CapeCodCAN was a success and Latham was recently approached by them again to participate in their Fall Art Program.
This organization promotes and allows the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to come together and share their artistic talents with others around the Cape. Their hard work is displayed for public viewing and they even have the opportunity to sell their work as well.
Today I met with a few representatives from other groups that will participate in the Fall Art Program. The group discussed the overall theme for the Fall Artwork, as each group will follow the same theme, “My Cape Cod”. Artwork will include what Cape Cod means to each student and items that represent Cape Cod. Art mediums were discussed which include painting, sculpture, and others. The students are encouraged to use their imagination and to use many different materials for their art pieces. Art groups will meet once a week from September until November. Once the artwork is collected, it will be displayed to the public beginning in November.
CapeCodCAN group representatives all believe in a common goal, the importance of integrating art programs for individuals with special needs, and finding a way to connect schools and groups alike on the Cape. Art allows individuals to express their thoughts and feelings which can be quite challenging for them at times. It can be used as therapy for these individuals and is a great way for them to express themselves, show off their talent, while also helping them to develop important skills for their future.