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2nd Annual ARC Art Show

  The Greater Richmond ARC welcomes you to join us for our second annual art show. This year, we’ve opened the doors to submissions from all of our programs in all forms of media. See passion, energy, vibrancy and creativity manifest in art; see the joy this process of creating offers as individuals explore new ways to express themselves.

Director of Day Support Services Emily Lehmann said it has been exciting to see the enthusiasm for crafting projects to be in the show. For some, these projects provide another way to communicate. For others, it exposes them to new sensations and enables them to explore likes and dislikes.

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One Day Support staff member with a background in art therapy has been conducting sessions at least once a week to produce some of the body of work for the show. She emphasized the lesson that art can help people share ideas. “Art is a way to show how we feel and what we think,” she said.

Look forward to an assortment of canvas paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures. Some pieces will be available for sale; proceeds of these sales will be given to the artist to use for program extras such as tickets for Flying Squirrels games or lunch out around town.

For more information, please contact Emily Lehmann, Director of Day support Services at the Greater Richmond ARC, at (804) 358-1874 or

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Happy Birthday, P.T.!

Last Wednesday,  long-time ARC receptionist Patricia Tomlinson (P.T.) celebrated her birthday with staff.

A few special guests stopped by to share in the celebration. Listen in on this clip from MIX 98.1 to find out which famous voices visited the ARCenter.

"I'm glad you came, you made my day!"


Audio Transcription:

Jeff: Mix 98.1, it's 6:30, Wicker in the Morning, Jeff Wicker and Ana.

Ana: Today is going to be so pretty, sunny, high 82, low 62 tonight. Right now 63.

Jeff: First thing I want to say is our buddy Kat, who's on here in the midday and in the afternoon, is one of the sweetest people you'd ever meet.

She's always doing nice things for people, buying stuffed animals, she brings us candy in here.

Ana: I wish she didn't do that! [laughs] My waistline doesn't like that.

Jeff: So yesterday when she came back, she'd gone to a birthday party for the receptionist at ARC. And she said, hey, she listens to you guys in the morning, if you ever get a chance, stop by and say hi!

Well, I happened to be near there yesterday, I thought, what the heck! And I went in and said hello to her. 

She is the sweetest -- she has been the receptionist at ARC, her name is P.T. (Patricia Tomlinson), she's been there for almost 36 years as the receptionist.

Ana: Wow!

Jeff: And she was celebrating her birthday yesterday.

Ana: Happy belated birthday!

Jeff: So happy birthday.

P.T.: Well thank you very much I appreciate that.

Jeff: It's your sweet sixteenth birthday?

P.T.: Yeah, I wish it was. I wouldn't mind going backwards if I could!

Jeff: That is wonderful! Now, how do you know so much about me?

P.T.: Because I used to listen to you when you were on Q94, and when I found out you were coming back, I was so, so happy! And I switched back to that station and I listened to you and I listened to Kat because she's on there too.

Jeff:And you know more about my family than I do.

P.T.: Well, I was talking about, you know, your children and Jack and Henry and your daughter and your wife, Sarah. And they still live in Charlotte -- your wife is a school teacher. So they'll come after the school year is over. I pay attention! 

Jeff: Paying attention! If I forget anything about my life or about my show, I'm going to call you and ask for advice, ok?

P.T.: And you go right ahead, I'll be happy to help you any time! I'll be there for you, Mr. Jeff Wicker.

P.T.: Hello, my name is P.T. I work at The Greater Richmond ARC and I listen to Jeff Wicker, and I listen to him and Ana in the mornings -- and Ana is precious. I listen to Mix 98.1 every day, all day.

I'm glad you came, you made my day!

Jeff: You made my day! What a sweetheart!

Ana: And she made my day by saying that I'm precious! That was really sweet of her.

Jeff: She was so nice! Just such a sweetheart -- so happy birthday to you, P.T.! 

The Greater Richmond ARCenter Opens 

The barrier-free building was designed and constructed to provide ARC's most fragile clients and their families care, skills and therapy in a healthful environment.

The ARCenter, the Greater Richmond ARC's new headquarters, is now open for business. It is also open for therapy, wellness activities, library & computer time, daily living skills training in areas such as meal preparation and clean-up in a handicap-equipped kitchen.

'Our new headquarters gives us room to grow, and for our clients to grow with us,' said The Greater Richmond ARC's President Marshall Butler, noting the 24,000-square foot, barrier-free building at 3600 Saunders Avenue can increase the organization's capacity by 20%, while providing important resources such as computer and video modules, a library, and kitchen and laundry facilities.


The ARCenter will house the children, teens and adults who are most fragile and have severe mental and physical disabilities. Its current headquarters at 1901 Westwood will remain open to house ARC Industrial Services (AIS), which provides training and job opportunities involving light assembly, packaging, fulfillment and scanning services for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

One of ARCenter's most important features isn't technical at all: it's sunlight. Designed by Richmond-based architectural firm, 3North, and constructed by Richmond-based Kjellstrom + Lee, the ARCenter's emphasis on open spaces and natural light allows both ARC's clients and staff to spend their days in a pleasant and healthful environment, says Butler.

'The ARCenter is the result of a longstanding dream and the collaborative effort of several groups of people who shared a vision,' said Butler, who explained that funding for the project (the building itself cost $5.1 million) came from private and public donations, ARC's own assets and state government funds.

Both The Greater Richmond ARC's management team and Board of Directors were committed to making the ARCenter a reality despite the faltering economy, Butler said. 'The late John F. Kennedy spoke years ago about the challenges of the space program, declaring, 'That goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.' ' The ARCenter, says Butler, was 'years in planning and execution and ' for us ' not unlike going to the moon in terms of gathering resources, planning, and effectively reaching our goal.'