This time of year provides us with the opportunity to take inventory of our blessings, as well as reflect on all that has happened over the past twelve months. We are grateful for the continued generosity of our donors, who make it possible for us to develop innovative and inclusive programs for those we serve. Your support empowers our staff to engineer new ways to capture the unique strengths and talents of our individuals.
For the past two years the Ascending Artist Program has allowed students to pursue art as a vocational track. In BHMA’s off-campus studio, participants use a wide range of visual mediums to express their creativity and grow their job skills. Their finished pieces have been sold at art shows, private gallery showings, and local businesses.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of Connected Creators, an e-commerce website where you can view and purchase a variety of items made as part of our Ascending Artist Program. Notecards, scarves, ceramic ornaments, coasters, and more will be available for sale starting December 1. The website brings the art show experience to you.
Connected Creators emerged from the success of our vocational art program and the desire to make its products more widely accessible. BHMA, as the designer and owner of the site, is working in collaboration with two other local organizations to provide a modern online marketplace for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to showcase and sell their art. We aspire to grow the number of participating organizations and artists!
Visit connectedcreators.net to explore the world of creation at BHMA and learn more about the students behind the artwork. In addition to highlighting the many talents of our individuals, the website also fosters their entrepreneurial spirit, as 75% of the proceeds go to the artists. This initiative offers additional vocational opportunities for our program participants as well, including managing inventory, processing orders, and shipping packages.
We hope that you take a moment this season to visit the Connected Creators website and see the inspiring work of our artists and the staff who support them.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday and healthy new year,
Michelle Theroux Frank Orlando
Executive Director Chair of the Board