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October 26, 2010

I am a VP at the Arc of Kona and have been with this beloved non profit since 2003. The Arc of Kona has been around for 44 years and is always self improving, changing with the times, but never losing the mission or the passion for the vision, Supported employment and self employment through the arts are two areas that showcase how the Arc of Kona is making the dream of work a reality for persons with a diagnosis of a diability. By working all around our Big Island community, the Arc of Kona is trying to educate the public and employers about "who" our participants are and put a new "face" on the image of the person with a disability. By doing this the Arc has been creating better job opportuniies and is able to bring resouces to the table to develop our artists, musicians and film makers who want to use their cretivity as their source of income rather than just a hobby. I have seen and been part of this great shift in community attitude, and I thank the Arc of Kona for stepping out and being a leader.

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Generate more funds for the arts for persons to move their creative skills up to the level of sellable work and good prices for their pieces.

Professional with expertise in this field & I helped develop the Artists Mean Business program.