Teacher Kristen Bohlander and Ann Vallandingham of Arc pose with some student/artists in front of the Community Art Wall during the Saturday 7/11 reception.
The Community Art Wall is a gallery at the Center that gets a lot of attention. Located just outside the main galleries on the first floor, it is the first thing one sees when entering the mill building. Changing monthly, July's offering Exploring Art, was created by adults with developmental disabilities. This program, conducted at DVAEC with students from the Arc of Frederick County, provides art classes and education for adults with developmental disabilities. Exploring Art provides not only art education and an appreciation of art, but builds confidence, self-esteem and socialization skills. The Center, fulfilling its role as a community-based organization, encourages these same individuals to pursue other classes offered at the Delaplaine Center. This class, taught by Kristin Bohlander, was made partially possible by a grant from Monocacy Foundation.