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Outreach Programs

MISSION & WORK

Our mission is to provide positive art experiences for all people despite age, disability or financial condition. Our commitment to make art available and accessible to members of our community is the reason for the Outreach Programs.

MOBILE MISSION

Our unique Mobile Mission is at the core of our mission work.

Thanks to generous donations, grants and partnerships, our Mobile Mission Art Program brings art adventures all over the Coachella Valley, at little to no cost to the student. Our Mobile Art Vans, fully stocked with tools and supplies for creativity, allow us to take our vision on the road, delivering art programs to our friends in need. The roving work room offers instructor-led art classes, and travel as far as Mecca, Thermal and Desert Hot Springs.

“Because so many do not have the ability or financial means to come to our studio, we bring art to them. The individuals we reach benefit greatly from the program because it creates community in a safe environment, providing sensory stimulation and the ability to express themselves in a healthy way. When they discover their creative ability, their self-esteem and confidence flourish.” – OTAS Instructor, Ivanna Diaz Hansen.

 

Over 21,000 art experiences annually!

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

We work with schools, after-school enrichment programs, and youth centered organizations to serve over 6,000 elementary and middle school children. The positive impact of these types of programs is proven. Studies show that Art Education can produce a positive impact on academic and social development. Studies also witnessed an overall increase in math scores and improvement in reading among elementary school students.

SENIOR CENTERS

For senior citizens, art classes provide immeasurable outcomes in terms of mental focus, social engagement and overall wellness. Research from the National Endowment for the Arts and University of Michigan have notes that: “Older adults who have both created art and attended art events reported higher cognitive functioning and lower rates of hypertension than adults who did not attend such events.

Art has been used for centuries to help people express what they cannot put into words.

ALZHEIMER’S PROGRAM

Our Alzheimer’s Art Program unfolded organically in 2010, when two young ladies signed-up for a semi-private clay class and were accompanied by their uncle who suffered from Alzheimer’s. While working with clay, his face immediately lit up with a vibrant smile. At that moment, our founder intuitively saw that something special was happening and knew this would be a segment of our mission. Lots of research confirms that the artistic process helps bypass the debilitating effects of brain disease. The International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry demonstrates “improved cognitive functioning and increased ability of daily living and a decrease of behavioral and psychological symptoms of elders with dementia.”

Through partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of Coachella Valley and the generous grants from the Auen Foundation, we have created a distinct program for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, free of charge.

VETERANS PROGRAM

For veterans who have experienced physical, mental, and emotional trauma, creating can be a way to process complex emotions. Creative interventions such as art therapy can make a difference in people’s lives that medicine alone cannot do. Traumatic memories are often unlocked in images and other sensations rather than words. As far back as 1997, the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that art therapy was the top component among to produce the greatest benefits for veterans with PTSD.

With nearly 7,000 veterans residing in the Coachella Valley, we proudly serve our nation’s heroes by providing healing and expression through art. Thanks to grants from the H. N. & Frances Berger Foundation, qualified veterans can take art classes at dramatically reduced cost.

Mission & Vision

We are dedicated to ensuring that art remains a vibrant part of the creative fabric of the Coachella Valley – from art in schools to lifelong learning.

Outreach

The individuals we touch through art include families in need, kids in after-school programs, individuals with special needs, seniors and veterans.

Why We Serve

Art is both medicine and food for the soul. Our commitment is to making art available and accessible to all members of our community.

Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated board members that bring Old Town Artisan Studios and its mission to our beloved community.

Classes

Our 4-week classes allow students of all ages and levels to dive into the areas of Ceramics, Painting, Fused Glass, and more.

Workshops

Try a one-day workshop to learn a new skill, test out a medium you are curious about, or simply have a good time!

PYOP

Paint Your Own Pottery is a fun experience for all!  Choose from several ceramic items and paint to your heart's delight.

 Art Camp

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat? Join us for Summer Art Camp! A week-long camp for young artists, ages 7-15.

All Upcoming Events at Old Town Artisan Studios.

All Upcoming Events

A listing of all free and fee-based happenings at OTAS!

Gingerbread Lane at Old Town Artisan Studios

Gingerbread Lane

A fantastic community event for all to take part in holiday fun!

Color the World Gala 2023.

Color the World Gala

Join us for a spectacular evening of music, festivity & celebration

Miniature Masterpieces 2021

Mini Masterpiece

Art all 10x10x10 in. or smaller featured in our annual raffle.

Art of Music at Old Town Artisan Studios.

Art of Music

A monthly series featuring musicians from near and far.

Eggstravaganza at Old Town Artisan Studiosl.

Eggstravaganza

An annual auction highlighting ceramic eggs by various artists.

Upcoming Events at Old Town Artisan Studios

Open Mic Night

A chance for all levels and ages to perform.

Upcoming Events at Old Town Artisan Studios

Gallery Shows

Visit the Leland Gallery featuring local artists.

Donate

With your valued support we are able bring art to our friends who need it most.

Support

We need Ambassadors to help us spread the word about our work and mission.

Volunteer

Your time and skills are an incredibly important part of the work we do.  Come lend a hand!

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