Working in conjunction with the local nonprofit support organization, Brain ReConnect, Glynn Visual Arts’ Brain ReConnect outreach program is designed to help those suffering from strokes or other brain-related injuries or illnesses with their recovery through carefully structured 90-minute monthly sessions in GVA’s pottery studio. GVA provides all materials and instruction at no cost to participants, which include both recovering patients and – when appropriate – their caregivers (approximately half of participating patients do so on their own – without assistance from their caregivers).
Brain ReConnect participants are so engaged and appreciative of their work with GVA that they made and donated their own “Empty Bowl” inscribed on the bottom “Brain ReConnect.” Last year’s Brain ReConnect outreach program served a record number of recovering patients, with between eight and twelve patients and caregivers attending on a regular basis with others participating a less frequently. Not only do participants benefit from the stimulation, strength-building and hand-eye coordination afforded by working with clay, those who attend enjoy a mutually-supporting social setting to interact with others dealing with similar injuries or illnesses.
The granddaughter of one of our stroke victims, a recent University of Georgia graduate and ceramics major, returned to GVA to work with her grandmother during one of our Brain ReConnect sessions – fostering a new inter-generational connection between the two. Glynn Visual Arts’ state-of-the-art pottery studio features four wheels, three kilns and a large, well lit working area supervised by Debbie Craig, by a highly trained ceramics instructor and well-known local artist.
$1,500 Sole Sponsor (for an entire year)
$500 Sole Sponsor (for one term of the Brain ReConnect outreach program)
Glynn Visual Arts’ Creative Arts Program serves residents of Safe Harbor year-round.
One of our community’s most effective social service nonprofits, Safe Harbor accepts referrals from a multitude of sources. The bulk of the referrals come from the Department of Family and Children Services. Safe Harbor does accept and often takes placement from other counties within Georgia. Because the organization also serves runaway youth, Safe Harbor occasionally takes children from literally anywhere in the world who end up on their doorstep. Among others that refer youth to Safe Harbor are family members, the courts, schools, clergy, and a youth can self-refer.
The children of Safe Harbor travel to Glynn Visual Arts or, occasionally, another appropriate location ready to create and learn. For the most part, residents of Safe Harbor are in middle or high school and cannot live at home because it is no longer a safe and secure environment.
Children often share with the instructor, a highly qualified artist-teacher-counselor, and Safe Harbor staff their circumstances: parents in jail or a mental institution – having been raped or abused by a family member – exposure to substance abuse – neglect and other circumstances.
Each session involves between eight and twenty children, depending on the number of Safe Harbor residents. The Creative Arts Program uses not only art, but music, movement and journaling to create positive, reinforcing experiences many of these children have never even dreamed about before.
The arts can help foster a sense of calm and aid in developing the skills needed to concentrate as well as reduce anxiety and tension. Social skills are enhanced as the participants work in group settings. Past Creative Arts Program offerings for Safe Harbor residents have included experiences as varied as painting, sand art, clay, photography, collage, jewelry making, holiday themed art, cartooning, and face painting.
$3,000 Sole Sponsor (for an entire year)
$1,000 Sole sponsor (for one term of the Safe Harbor outreach program)
Handmade for the Hungry & Empty Bowl Project
Outreach for America's Second Harvest Food Bank
Glynn Visual Arts supports our local food bank, America's Second Harvest, through our pottery program in which we offer classes for students to come in & make a bowl then donate it to the Handmade for the Hungry/Empty Bowl Project.
After the bowls are made and donated, the project culminates with a soup dinner at GVA in which individuals may come in & buy a hand made bowl to take home & receive a soup dinner & all the fixin's. All proceeds for sales of the bowls & dinner are donated to America's Second Harvest. The 2017 event will take place on October 17th.
Boys & Girls Clubs - Saint Simons Island
Glynn Visual Arts supports our Boys & Girls Clubs through use of our facility for bi-weekly art sessions for Boys & Girls Club kids.