Mukibaum Treatment Centres
Children and adults with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities have many obstacles to overcome in order to lead a life full of meaning and quality. One of the obstacles is societyís perception that areas such as art are out of their capacity to understand and enjoy. Such societal attitude deprives chidlren and adults with developmental disabilities of the opportunity to develop their talents, learn new skills, experience and enjoy art, and demonstrate their artistic ability. Based on our experiences in art therapy and our person-centered approach, we, at MukiBaum came to believe that a high level of artistic achievement by this population is possible. The emerging question then became whether individuals with developmental disabilities could learn to express their artistic talent in a more formalized way. What was needed we argued, was the presence of both an artistic talent as well as the utilization of suitable teaching methods to facilitate unlocking this existing artistic talent. MukiBaum established an art program which was based on individualized art teaching that implemented a basic principal: instead of giving up on the person who had difficulties progressing in his/her artistic achievement, we needed to focus on finding the specific way for teaching the specific individual. Through individually designed teaching methods that we developed and implemented, we have observed the students learn techniques, evolve in their expressive ability, conceive ideas and bring into being high quality artistic products. The MukiBaum Art Program, ìArts for Allî, focuses on three main areas:
- Visual arts, which includes painting, collage and pottery
- Performing arts, which includes acting, set design and costumes
- Music arts, which incorporates both instrumental music as well as singing
The Arts for All program at MukiBaum enables children and adults with developmental disabilities to become less marginalized by societyís perception of their disability. Through a demonstration of their talents and artistic achievements, they fill the gap of this bias and promote better understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities and their artistic abilities.
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