MOBILE ART PROGRAM

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 3710 Cedar St, Suite 218 Austin TX 78705 USA

Mission: To deliver art activities to seniors and disabled adults. Our goals are to foster self-esteem, build friendships and revive the spirit through group art activities.
Results: We have an exhibit of our participants art in the summer of each year. This year our seniors are working towards an exhibit for the Texas capitol (May, 2011).
Target demographics: seniors and disabled adults who reside in nursing homes and those who attend senior activity centers and/or receive a free lunch from the City of Austin/Meals on Wheels (low-income areas of the city)
Direct beneficiaries per year: 400
Geographic areas served: Austin, Texas
Programs: art activities for seniors & disabled adults includes art exhibits and tours of local museums

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working with founder Theresa and her group of volunteers over the last year and have enjoyed every minute of it.





Mobile Arts brings art education to older adults who may not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue them. Through a variety of media and themes, participants in Mobile Arts are able to express themselves creatively, engage socially in a relaxed setting, and challenge themselves while learning new skills.





Mobile Arts is a wonderful, empowering, and inspiring organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

While volunteering with the Mobile Arts program at Meals on Wheels, I was touched to see the positive way in which participants responded to the program. Through the art activity, older adults with Alzheimer's were able to engage in a meaningful way with the volunteers and the art despite their disease. This was because the program was thoughtfully planned for their needs, and the art instruction was clear, patient, and "no-pressure".

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

.Mobile arts is fantastic. if anything were to improve it - i would want to secure more sponsorship & community support so that they can grow their staff & services. This is an amazing and timely organization that serves a population that is growing larger every day. I'm sure many more older adults in Austin would benefit from their engaging programs.

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I attended an exhibit of works done by the MAP participants at La Pena in December. Not only was the artwork beautiful, it was really amazing to see the pride in the artists' faces. It seems as if there are so many opportunities for kids, and it's great to see an organization that focuses on the elderly and the disabled. They do great work in Austin!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by listening to the artists discuss their work at an exhibit.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it focuses on an underserved segment of Austin that would not otherwise have access to these services.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

FANTASTIC!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the way the elderly and disabled are viewed in Texas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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The Mobile Art Program works with the residents at the nursing home my mother lives in. She has really enjoyed working with the instructors ad has made new friends at the home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing an increased self-esteem in my mother.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Michael, Maggie & Theresa helped with a Halloween Carnival at Heritage Park. It was great fun!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more good.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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I have attended two of the exhibits featuring works by the Mobile Art Program. It is great to see the variety of images created by the participants. They express their personalities in the bright,colorful paintings. You can tell that they enjoy painting!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending exhibits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more funding so that they can work with an even larger audience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the compassion that Michael Chen, Maggie Schmitt and Theresa Zelazny put into the program.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, compassionate and funny!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

branch out to many other kow-income nursing homes and visit elders confined to their homes (like Meals on Wheels but with art).

Ways to make it better...

the organization could expand their outreach.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have enjoyed watching the Mobile Art Program blossom.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

As a professor, I have had students who interned with the Mobile Arts Program. All had a terrific experience! Theresa has created a program that not only brings purpose and joy to older participants but also gives volunteers a chance to experience a truly inspirational organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the joy it brings to participants.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

clone Theresa!! She does remarkable work on a shoe-string budget.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing tremendous pride and big smiles on the faces of participants.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and caring. My student interns learned the value of "giving back". Many noted their intention to continue doing volunteer work with various organizations after graduation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

develop pride in many more older participants, who may not have known the sense of purpose that the Mobile Arts Program develops in its participants.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

There are not enough Theresas to go around! Her heart is really in this nonprofit - and it shows on her face and the faces of participants and interns.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have so much respect and affection for Theresa. She has taken her love of art and used it in the finest way imaginable --> to help others. And it's working!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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I recently have found myself with extra time on my hands and was encouraged to volunteer with a local art program. I have especially had fun at one of the senior centers and working with a very quite lady. I believe that Theresa and Michael truly live by the Mobile Art Program mission: To deliver art activities to seniors and disabled adults. Our goals are to foster self-esteem, build friendships and revive the spirit through group art activities. I have always enjoyed art and found this is a great way to give back to the Austin community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting a wonderful, shy and quite lady who I am able to work one on one with and have the director of the senior center explain what progress this is.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Recently my fiancé and I have started volunteering with the Mobile Art Program. I am really amazed by the difference the program has made in the lives of the participants. Theresa is truly a blessing in the lives of these people. She and Michael have been some welcoming to us as volunteers and never fail to let us know how appreciative they are. The truth is that the opportunity to give back has been a blessing all in its own. We have gotten so many words of encouragements by the by the individuals we serve because they are truly grateful to have a program like this around. One of the most memorable moments has been seeing these individuals faces lit up when they see the art they have created.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the individuals MAP serves

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Theresa and Michael are the best.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Allow Theresa to do bring joy to the lives of these individuals full-time. She would be able to hire a nice staff to do these services all the time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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I have had a great experience working with the Mobile Art Program. You will find few people as caring and dedicated as Theresa. Because of her I have been able to see all the wonderful art work that seniors are able to make.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they are always positive and know how to have a good time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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The Mobil Art Program (MAP) is an outstanding organization that enables elderly and disabled adults to express themselves through art. As a professor at St. Edwards University, I have had students volunteer their time assisting the organization (as part of course requirements) and share their rewarding experinces with me. I also currently sit on the MAP board.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the art openings where the ederly/disabled adults display their artwork.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I've had the pleasure of working with Theresa and her pupils three or four times in the last year. Theresa is very dedicated to providing excellent art projects for her students and takes a lot of time gathering materials and prepping for the work sessions. I was hired to assist Theresa with one group of students to create mosaic stepping stones for the courtyard of the community center. Mosaics require quite a few supplies and Theresa had everything ready for students to come in an get involved. They were very enthusiastic for the project and we had a great time creating them. Now only were the students happy about the work we were doing, they were engaged with one another and proud of their work. Theresa had other projects to add to the beautification of the courtyard, and later had a dedication ceremony for the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how much enjoyment these students have been getting out the projects. Some of them had never picked up a paintbrush before meeting Theresa.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly dedicated to sharing art with others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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