Like most teens, Darrall, 13, likes to stay busy. And like most parents, his dad Darrall Sr. thinks that's a good idea.
Both Darrall and his brother attend ARC's afterschool program and their dad says they both like the daily activities that include art projects, cooking classes, and community outings. "It's nice. That's what kids need."
"They don't ever want to miss it, " he added, saying Darrall especially enjoys ARC-sponsored trips to places like the grocery store, where they learn to shop. (Also, as a typical teen, he "likes to eat.")
Darrall attends ARC every week day afternoon during the school year and all day during the summer.
"I don't know if there's any program better than ARC. It not only saves me, it saves them, too," Darrall Sr. concluded.
The 2nd Annual ARC Art Show drew a crowd of more than 60 staff, parents and board members on Tuesday. Forty-five pieces of art sold, bringing in $450 that will be given to the artists to use for program excursions at ARC. During the first half hour of the event, Vice President of Development & Communications Kimberly Watson purchased the framed ink drawing of the Richmond city skyline. The art, which was submitted by John Coombs, Jr. from ARC’s employment services, now hangs in Watson's office at ARCenter.
Assistant Vice President of Day & Residential Services Emily Lehmann said she thinks the show went very well. She said she had worried the show would not be as good as the previous year, which had support from an outside organization, but that she felt everyone really helped pull it off.
A framed drawing of Richmond drew attention for its intricacy.
“The best part was seeing how proud our staff were of the amazing work they helped create,” she said.
More than 40 artists from across ARC’s programs were represented, some with multiple pieces shown. A featured project comprised of marbled silk handkerchiefs provided a tactile experience for visitors, who could touch the silk creations. The handkerchiefs are the final product of a visit from Art on Wheels on May 4.
Participants included adults in ARC Day Support. Marbles were rolled in paint to create the designs.
For Lehmann, the opportunity to showcase creativity and talent from individuals in ARC programs is its own reward. “I just want to see smiles on people’s faces,” she said.