Gabby has been a gifted artist ever since she was a toddler. When she joined OFA’s Community Engagement program in 2016, she shared how important painting and drawing were to her Direct Support Professional (DSP) Shaun, who is also a gifted artist. Gabby and Shaun’s mutual interest in art benefitted the both of them, as they were able to teach each other unique tips and tricks to implement into their artwork.
Sean constantly encouraged Gabby to practice her talents and to give herself the opportunity to express herself through her love for art. Gabby has always wanted to improve her painting skills, so it seemed to be fate that she had been connected with Shaun. During their time together, Shaun taught Gabby different art mediums that she had never tried before.
From new sketching to painting techniques, Gabby broadened her art skills, and additionally received the guidance and resources needed to become more independent, self-reliant, and active in her community. Gabby was able to make long-lasting friendships with both the members in her Community Engagement group and with Shaun.
In the Fall of 2021, Options For All facilitated a “Park Art Day,” as a Community Engagement event. This event was aimed towards team bonding between our Community Engagement groups and team members. The event also provided new and exciting media content for the organization. With a demand for authentic artistry, OFA reached out to Gabby and asked her to help lead a body painting activity. Gabby was so excited for the opportunity to put her skills into action, and with the support of Shaun, she was able to execute a successful activity. Photos of her artwork are now used on the OFA website, and across social media.
Our Community Engagement program is not just another day program – it’s an opportunity to explore your talents and let them flourish.