Art meets athletics

. September 27, 2012.

Sarah Crisp and her crew are now awakening minds not only with art, but athletics as well.

Awakening Minds Art, an organization that has provided therapeutic art for more than three years in the Findlay area, added athletics to the mix over the summer. Now known as Awakening Minds Art and Athletics, it offers dance, martial arts, baseball and golf as additional ways to help reach individuals with special needs or those who benefit from one-on-one instruction.

“All of our programs here are whatever families need and request,” says Crisp, the organization’s director. “A lot of families started talking about getting their children more involved in extra-curricular activities.” Dance and martial arts instruction takes place at the group’s temporary facility on Crawford Street, with baseball and golf taught at Emory Adams Park, weather permitting. Once the group moves into a permanent building next year, all sports and art will be housed under one roof. More than 40 students currently come to AMA for instruction, with instructors also going to nursing homes and other group settings.

It’s all meant to support and encourage the therapy a client is already receiving. For example, if a client has trouble crossing the midline of the body, Crisp and her instructors can work on that while having fun. A baseball player can work on his or her swing, and an artist can paint from one side of a canvas to another. Most sessions are one-on-one.

The group’s second annual fundraiser will be held from 7-10pm on December 1 at Waldo Pepper’s, 411 S. Main St., and will include an art auction and sale. Admission is $10. For more information on the fundraiser or AMA, contact Crisp at 419-302-3892 or by email at —RB