Art helps special needs adults express their creativity


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Upstate Cerebral Palsy program participants learned how to express themselves creatively through various art classes such as the Artistic Realization Technologies program. Those same individuals got the chance to show off their works of art to admiring community members and even potential buyers Friday night at the Stanley Theatre.

Upstate Cerebral Palsy offers a wide variety of classes to disabled children and adults that help them creatively and emotionally.

" Creativity is an important part of peoples lives," said Susan Macrina, Recreation Specialist for Upstate Cerebral Palsy, "To be able to create something with their minds and hands is so beneficial to them because they are expressing themselves in a positive way."

Family members of UCP members came out to watch with pride as their loved ones works of art were displayed. Dyte Giuffrida, a mother of a young woman with Cerebral Palsy watched as her  daughter, filled with happiness and joy, saw her own paintings on the wall for sale.

" I think it made her feel that she's part of society," said Guiuffrida, "that she's able to do something on her own and it gives her a sense of pride that she's accomplished something in her life."

Upstate Cerebral Palsy Art Classes are offered weekly:

Clay Class:
Upstate Cerebral Palsy Armory Campus Building C, Utica
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am
Ages 6 and up.

Silk Art:
Upstate Cerebral Palsy Armory Campus Building C, Utica
Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm
Ages 6 and up.

Contact Sue Macrina at for all art classes.


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