May 20, 2017

Art therapy is a powerful tool for the intellectually/developmentally disabled children, adults and seniors at Villa. Through art, they can express themselves creatively and hone fine motor skills. Art helps clients improve communication and social skills, encourages decision-making and independence, and enhances self-esteem. We hope you can attend the event to see more client artwork in the Blue & White Gallery!

Villa Esperanza School

Paco started at Villa as a middle school student with behavioral challenges. Thanks to the hard work of Villa staff, his behavior has drastically improved through participation in vocational and artistic activities that promote his independence. Paco has always displayed a passion for drawing and painting, which helps him stay calm and focused. Now in high school, Paco has developed a singular style and his teacher Amber remarks that he is "a natural artist."
RAINBOW by David
Adult Day Program (ADP)

David has been with ADP since 2007. Program Supervisor Michelle Lam notes that in the past decade, "David has noticeably improved by being engaged with art projects. Verbal communication is a challenge for David, but art enables him to open up a dialogue with others and express his love for diverse topics like super heroes, dinosaurs and sharks. Creating art also allows David to express his vivid imagination and share his talents with the Villa community. What's more, David has developed confidence through art. He dives in to new artwork with gusto.
Dimensions Adult Day Program

Toby came to the Villa School in 1994 when he was 5 years old. As a nonverbal student, the standard at the time. "It was much more difficult then for nonverbal kids, but the Villa School was so wonderful and provided a safe haven for all of us," his mother, Villa Board Member Nancy Pierson, shared. "There was such a commitment to helping Toby." Today, Dimensions staff work diligently with Toby to fine tune his iPad communication skills. "They are so great at working consistently with Toby. He now actively reaches for his iPad when he wants to say something and has really shown an enthusiasm for working with it."