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
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!
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.