GAC’s Art for All educational outreach includes an assortment of off-site programs that promote wellness in our community’s underserved populations by encouraging adults and children at partner sites to explore the creative process in a guided and encouraging environment.
ADA Women’s Recovery Center provides licensed intensive and transitional treatment for substance abuse to medically indigent women in coastal Texas. The residential program includes occupational therapy and and life skills training in addition to weekly art classes through Art for All.
Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a home away from home for children and their families while receiving medical treatment, usually at Shriners Burn Hospital. Activities presented through Art for All allow the children and to interact calmly and take their minds off their treatment.
Sunshine Center is a day-habilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities. Art for All activities encourage the clients’ sense of pride and accomplishment, while visually reinforcing concepts and adaptive skills necessary for community living.
UTMB Children’s Hospital at John Sealy Hospital provides in-patient care to children from Galveston county and beyond. Art for All teachers work closely with the Child Life program and student volunteers each week, offering diversionary art activities in common areas and right at the bedside.
The Resource and Crisis Center (RCC) provides shelter and social services for victims of domestic violence. Art for All weekly activities encourage children to express themselves creatively and emotionally while allowing mothers to access RCC’s adult services.
The Transitional Learning Center (TLC) specializes in rehabilitation for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. OurArt for All teacher works alongside therapists, facilitating activities that complement the goals of group sessions to improve social/motor skills and quality of life.
TideWay is TLC’s assisted living facility for patients with TBI. Residents, who vary widely in physical and cognitive ability, experience the Art for All program several times each week. Teachers work with residents in small groups to meet individual needs with patience and encouragement.
Art for All is possible because of an annual Arts Respond grant from The Texas Commission on the Arts, and through additional support from the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, the Brown Foundation, the Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust, the Ippolito Foundation, the Moody Endowment, and the Moody Foundation.