It’s calendar time again.
My favorite calendars in the whole world* are the ones produced by The Kennedy Center, Inc. the non-profit in Trumbull that helps people with disabilities. And with their art-therapy program, produce the most vibrant, beautiful full-color wall calendar around.
With a free opening reception on 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, The Kennedy Center will celebrate “the artistic vision of people with disabilities” through its annual “Unique Perspective 2011 Calendar,” during this its 28th anniversary.
“The Kennedy Center is committed to offering opportunities to engage in the arts and the creative process,” says spokesperson Kay Page Greaser. “Appearing in the calendar can be an avenue for growth and independence. The Unique Perspective 2011 Calendar provides an opportunity for art by people with abilities and disabilities to reach and engage a larger audience.”
This year the original art, typically but not necessarily completed in tempera paint, will be on display in the People’s United Bank Gallery at The Barnum Museum in downtown Bridgeport through the end of February.
The works of 13 Connecticut artists with disabilities are featured. Each month shows depicts scenes with a fresh, honest world view. The colors are amazing. Each page turn reveals a new surprise and delight.
Six area companies have underwritten the cost of the calendar that will raise funds for The Kennedy Center’s Expressive ARTs Program. The People’s United Community Foundation made the largest donation.
“There would be no 2011 Unique Perspective Calendar without the generosity of People’s United Community Foundation,” said Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center.
Other corporate sponsors include: Merit Insurance in Bridgeport, Imperial Graphics in Stratford, Maggie Daly of Fairfield, Deirdre Daly and Alfred Pavlis of Fairfield, Polly and John Tucker of Westport, and Cutting Edge Communications of Shelton.
These talented artists, listed by town, include: Fairfield residents Michael Daly, Lisa Ellis and Bonnie Kaehler; Bridgeport residents Marquis Eady, James Graves, Marc Iaizzi, Maritza Rentas and Debra Jean Willis; Stratford residents Alice Dubois, Sheldon Clemente and Carolyn Kordish; Todd Carboni of Milford; Jessica Allan of Southbury and Carmella Vallelunga of Oxford. For the second year in a row, former Kennedy Center artist Michael Donahue of Trumbull has taken photographs of all the artists.
The Kennedy Center is non-profit rehabilitation organization that serves over 1,800 individuals annually. The agency serves people with disabilities and special needs from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 19 community experience programs, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs.
* A close second place goes to Jeffrey Williams’ Bridgeport-by-the-Sea calendars