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Expanding Arts Program Receives Grant

Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, the Niagara County chapter of NYSARC, Inc., received a vital $5,000 Niagara County Community Arts DEC grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York to support hands-on educational workshops designed to expand the scope of fine arts programming offered to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through visual, music and theater arts. The workshops which will begin in mid- 2014, will also be open to the community. Dates and locations will be posted at www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.

This project’s main goals include integrating individuals with developmental disabilities with their community, increasing the number of workshop participants, introducing theater as a new artistic medium to our workshop participants and creating a visual link to music and theater through art-making.

For nearly 60 years, Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a United Way agency and Niagara County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., has provided rehabilitation and supportive services to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities of all ages and their families. We are dedicated to maximizing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing them the resources to reach their greatest potential including training, employment, recreation horticulture therapy, fine arts, technology, service coordination, community-based volunteer options and residential opportunities.