Mosaics In The Community
The annual MOSAICS Fine Art Festival provides youth art activities and opportunities, including:
Supports community and school arts organizations
The “Mentor Me” Program/Exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre
RHD-Missouri’s Blank Canvas Studios
Preferred Family Healthcare’s A.R.T.C.
(Achieving Recovery Through Creativity)
The Art for Youth Gallery (during the Festival)
Children’s Village areas (during the Festival)
Preferred Family Healthcare, a nonprofit agency, is a comprehensive behavioral health services provider offering substance abuse treatment/prevention and mental health services. The agency strives to provide integrated care to assist individuals of all ages and backgrounds in achieving overall health and wellness.
Through our Achieving Resiliency & Responsibility & Recovery Through Creativity (A.R.T.C.) programs, we provide a wide range of creative opportunities and experiences which allow program participants, young and old to use their talents, strengths and interests as tools for personal growth and recovery. Originally developed within our adolescent substance abuse treatment programs we have expanded A.R.T.C. to provide adults with substance use disorders and those struggling with persistent mental illness as well as youth experiencing a broad range of risks with innovative opportunities in both the prevention and treatment arenas.
With strong visual and performing arts components, A.R.T.C. strives to use the language of creativity to ensure individuals with a wide variety of learning styles are given impactful opportunities to learn and change. Focused on the provision of both strengths and interest based prevention activities and interventions, A.R.T.C. takes both education and intervention to a new level, providing engaging and powerful vehicles within which to deliver messages of hope and crucial information that will allow for sustained personal change.
This year Mosaics is once again working together with Blank Canvas Studios supporting artistic talent of individuals with developmental disabilities.
In 2009, Blank Canvas opened their studio with a goal of providing a nontraditional program to individuals with developmental disabilities in St. Charles County. The studio is to provide people of all ability levels the opportunity to create and be celebrated for their very special style of outsider art. The studio falls under the umbrella of Resources for Human Development (RHD) and are just 1 of the over 100 programs RHD supports throughout the country.
Backed by our values, the studio allows artists the opportunity to create uninhibited art to the best of their ability. Individuals who participate in the art studio are considered professional artists and have the opportunity to showcase and sell their art work in our gallery and in the local community. They are supported by a team of trained artists that strive to integrate our studio into the larger art community and encourage the involvement of local artists and patrons. Artists that attend our studio have opportunities to explore a variety of art mediums, including but not limited to, painting, sculpting, graphic design, illustration, printmaking, drawing, silk screening, dance and movement, performing arts, photography, video, and music.
In addition to our art-related activities, our artists are encouraged to explore their community by taking trips to local museums, parks, concerts, shopping for supplies, and participating in volunteer opportunities. Blank Canvas Studios artwork will be displayed in the Children’s Village area located in the 400 block of North Main Street.