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Meet the Intern: Ali Blake

Posted Wednesday October 18 2017 at 08:45 am

Ali Blake

Ali Blake, Associate Gallery Curator at VSA MA and Ed.M Candidate in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

What are your favorite pastimes?
      "Rollerskating, being in the ocean, questing for delicious food (and to make it!), a newfound appreciation for growing/harvesting/eating food from my deck (or in the wild!), an evening at home cooking and eating great food with friends while listening to some good music."

If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
      "Daria Morgendorffer (+ warmth) -- intelligent, subversive, snarky."

You are trapped on an island.  What three items do you want to have with you?
      "A solar-powered, fully-loaded portable music player (iPod), a thriving garden plot to eat from/sustain, a huge book full of blank pages."

Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
      "I find that when there is music playing my body will just start moving, I can't help it!  This can also be music playing in my head and not just 'out loud'.  I've also been known to create hybrid 90s nickelodeon characters!"

What brings you to VSA?
      "Before starting graduate study, I previously worked as a Direct Support Professional at an arts-based day studio for adults with disabilities, as a Teaching Artist within a youth arts organization, and as someone who worked to connect people/places doing great and related work!  VSA MA intentionally combines aspects of those experiences and I'm thrilled to be able to join in!  As a new Bostonian, I'm grateful to start connecting with folks doing awesome work here!"

What are you doing during your internship?
      "As Associate Gallery Curator I am assisting in the process of re-imagining the Open Door Gallery space, mission, purpose, programs both within and outside of its walls and across VSA MA's programs!"



Open Door Gallery Exhibit - Visions of Avalon

Posted Friday September 08 2017 at 6:21 pm

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.



Creative Minds for ABI Survivors - Open Door Gallery, Worcester Art Museum

Posted Wednesday February 15 2017 at 4:14 pm

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A monthly casual social art experience for adults with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).  Engage with the world of art by creating art through studio experiences led by knowledgeable art instructors.  Discuss art throughout history from antiquity to contemporary.  No previous art experience required and refreshments are included.

Upcoming Meetups at Open Door Gallery, Worcester Art Museum:
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10AM - Mary Cassatt
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6PM - Patterns & Zentangels
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:30AM - The Art of Couples
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 5:30PM - Impressionism

Sign up here.

Please note, to be included as a member, participants need be at least 18 years or older and have an acquired brain injury.  If you need help determining if you are eligible, please contact Krystal Carl, Program Coordinator, at 774-272-0753 or kcarl@sevenhills.org and include your phone number if you would like us to contact you by phone.  Friends are welcome and personal care assistants, or other support persons are welcome and required, if needed.