Friday, October 6th, 2017 10:00am – 1:00pm
Essex Regional Educational Services Commission
369 Passaic Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004
Orange, NJ - Arts Unbound Inc., in collaboration with Essex Regional Educational Services Commission (ERESC) and Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Newell, will host the 2nd Annual Arts Accessible Festival in Fairfield, NJ. The inaugural festival held in 2016 was a tremendous success, garnering over 250 participants from schools serving special needs children, seniors, and organizations working with people with developmental and physical disabilities. This year, the festival will be held at Essex Regional Educational Services Commission, 369 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ on Friday, October 6, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The purpose of the art festival is to create a safe and creative space for persons with disabilities and underscore the benefits of visual art in special needs communities through hands-on visual art workshops led by Arts Unbound instructors. The festival is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.
Each age and developmentally appropriate art activity is designed to further social and functional development; inspire learning, increase skills and self-confidence. The festival will add more art workshops to meet the demand from last year. Some of the workshops will include painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry-making, art games, etc. Informational booths for parents will be on hand, along with live music, games, and food.
About Arts Unbound: Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and to the continuing artistic enrichment of seniors. We provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and seniors, we center their art-making rather than any impairment and by doing so challenge the stigma associated with disability and aging.
About Essex Regional Educational Services Commission (ERESC): Essex Regional Educational Services Commission (ERESC) was established in 1979 to provide mandated educational programs and administrative services in a cost effective and efficient manner. ERESC is a public, non-profit agency that derives its authority pursuant to 18A:6-51 et. seq. ERESC is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a representative elected by the Board of Education from ten (10) of its constituent member school districts. The Board of Directors meets monthly to oversee the administration of services.
Essex Regional Educational Services Commission has been servicing school districts for nearly four decades throughout northern New Jersey including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, and Passaic and beyond.
ERESC operates three special education and alternative schools: Essex Junior Academy, Essex Campus Academy, and Essex High School. In addition, the ERESC operates two educational programs for incarcerated students. These schools are Sojourn High School and Journey High School.
Armisey Smith, Director of Arts Education – Arts Unbound
Organization: Arts Unbound and Essex Regional Educational Services Commission
Website URL: www.artsunbound.org