Bainbridge Arts & Crafts is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation (BISNF)—also known as Stephens House—by bringing art education programs directly to its participants through our new program, Creative Connections. BISNF and BAC will share the cost, thereby allowing a full year of programming at no cost to participants or their families. We are excited to be able to work with this lovely group of individuals, and are grateful to our own Robin Charters for agreeing to be our lead instructor for the program.
Stephens House operates a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities, focusing on quality of life enhancements. For many, this program offers the next step after leaving the public school system by providing continued structure and education.
Connecting people with the therapeutic benefits of art and creativity is nothing new to BAC. Our Art in the Lobby program has been providing a creative outlet for the healthcare community and the people it serves in hospitals and treatment centers throughout Kitsap County since 2007. Art After 60 has been doing the same for residents in senior housing communities on Bainbridge Island since 2008. Creative Connections will aim to provide those same benefits for broader communities who are challenged to find an outlet for self-expression or engagement with others. To learn more about BISNF’s mission and programs, visit www.bispecialneedsfoundation.org.
Above: Stephens House members show their finished projects at the end of a Creative Connections session with Robin Charters. Gallery photos.