ASL Night at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Posted Saturday September 09 2017 at 10:49 am in Cultural Inclusion

ASL Interpreter at MFA

Photo courtesy Helene Norton Russell

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is holding it's first ASL Night, a celebration of Deaf culture welcoming members of the Deaf community and friends!  The evening highlights and features the art, language, and culture of the community.  Coinciding with Deaf Awareness Month, the program includes American Sign Language tours and spotlight talks, performances, art-making activities, and more.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Free admission begins at 4 pm
All ASL Night events are free
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Arts and the Brain: A Symposium on the Healing Power of the Arts

Posted Friday September 08 2017 at 10:36 pm in News

Arts and the Brain

Join us September 22, 2017 at the Worcester Art Museum for a day-long symposium exploring the role that the arts can play in helping people with acquired brain injury cope with trauma, regain mental function, and reorient their lives.

Presented by VSA Massachusetts an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation in association with The Institute for Arts and Health, Lesley University, and Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH).

The backdrop for the symposium will be an exhibition of artwork by Jon Sarkin, an artist whose story of emerging from a brain injury with a new and remarkable capacity for visual art is chronicled in the book Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man's Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph.  Jon will share his experience in a multi-media performance.

Speakers will explore the contribution art making and art therapy can make to healing brain trauma.  Ronald E. Hirschberg, M.D. of Harvard Medical School will share his work on the music-brain interface and neurologic music therapy.

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Open Door Gallery Exhibit - Visions of Avalon

Posted Friday September 08 2017 at 6:21 pm in Open Door Gallery

Visions of Avalon painting

This multi media installation is a group effort involving artists from all 5 locations of the Seven Hills Foundation's ASPiRE! Programs.  The participants have made repeated trips to the Worcester Art Museum during the Knights! exhibit following the acquisition of the Higgins Armory Collection and the recent opening of the new Medieval Collection.  In workshops at the museum and in their own studio workshops these artists have created original artwork inspired by the museum's collection.

The exhibit features work in media ranging from ceramics, paintings, collage, and clothing inspired by the period.

Seven Hills ASPiRE!, an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, offers innovative and creative programming that provides opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and brain injury to develop skills necessary to pursue interests in employment, recreation, and social interaction.  With an emphasis on Innovative Lifelong Learning, Seven Hills designed the ASPiRE! model to help people enrich their lives, broaden core competencies, and enjoy a full range of activities while cultivating a network of relationships in and around their communities.  The model has restructured the way that traditional day habilitation, adult day health, community-based day supports, and workforce readiness & employment services are typically offered by promoting personal choice and self-determination in a more dynamic and dignified, community-driven environment.  Learn more about the ASPiRE! program by visiting the Seven Hills Foundation website.

Visit Visions of Avalon at the Open Door Gallery now through October 15, 2017 - 89 South Street in Boston or online at opendoorgallery.org.