In 2004, when staff at Hattie Larlham began exploring the possibilities of art as therapy for children and adults with disabilities, few realized its impact. During these initial classes, children and young adults with disabilities experimented with techniques and media like watercolor.
By June 2007, having realized the benefit of creative exploration and self expression, Hattie Larlham services expanded to include the Creative Arts program.Staff for this program received training from the ART Realizations Program in New Jersey and the Matheny Arts Access Program.
Utilizing the Arts Access methods and the charting system developed during the past 10 years, the program took on a new dimension. It combines art, technology and choice to produce expressive works of art created by children and adults with disabilities.