Double the Size, Double the Fun

. June 3, 2014.

Newly doubled in size, Awakening Minds Art in Findlay can now offer more programming for their students. A waiting area, closets for storage, hooks to hang coats, an office area, and the ability to close doors to separate spaces are among the recent improvements.

“This has been huge for us,” said Sarah Crisp, director of Awakening Minds Art, whose background is in psychology. “The space is just so much more functional.”

Programming for all ages

Awakening Minds Art offers educational, therapeutic and social programming for people of any age. The studio’s focus is on students with brain disorders such as autism, dementia, stroke, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and more, but “typical” students are also encouraged to attend.

Because of the additional 1,000 square feet gained by expanding into the space previously occupied by Trends on Main, group programming and one-on-one sessions can now be offered at the same time. They have gained additional rooms including an athletic room, which currently houses a small trampoline, a few athletic mats, and room for dance and yoga classes. AMA recently began providing group and one-on-one yoga sessions for its students.

“This space will always be open,” Sarah said of the athletic room. “We have a few things in here, but want it to be a place where there is opportunity for movement, a place where students can release energy and experience sensory stimulation or be rewarded for sitting still in the studio.”

Sarah said graphic design and basic computer classes are coming soon as well, using seven recently-donated computers. A Pinterest class will be offered as part of their summer camp programming in July and August. Sarah hopes that more “typical students,” those who have no special needs, will also give them a try.

“Our ultimate goal is to integrate those with special needs with typical students so that they can learn from each other,” Crisp said. “We have had a hard time getting that through to the community, but we usually have more ‘typical students’ during summer camp.”

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