An art exhibit by participants of GADOL, Keshet’s day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will be on display in the YMCA North Suburbs Community Gallery during the month of November. A reception will be held for the artists on Thursday, November 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Y, located at 2705 Techny Rd. In Northbrook.
The acronym GADOL stands for Giving Adults Daily Opportunities for Living. In Hebrew, the word “gadol” means great or great. Participants in this program are encouraged to think big, be creative, and experiment with different media and materials. The philosophy of GADOL is that the art you create becomes a tool to develop interpersonal skills, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and communicate ideas and emotions.
Additionally, Keshet has partnered with the InFocus Project, a local agency that works with self-advocates, families and communities to improve the image of people living with disabilities. A section of the GADOL exhibit will feature photographs of these program participants.
“We are grateful to have the Beverly Goldstick Creative Arts Program, which encourages artistic expression through a variety of mediums offered at GADOL, including art, theater and music,” commented Lisa Lew, MSW, LSW, C-ASWCM, Director of Adult Services. in Keshet. The works of art included in the November exhibition are created by artists participating in this program at GADOL.
The Northern Suburbs YMCA Community Galleries support the local arts community by giving them a place to show and sell their work. For more information on the gallery, contact Cathie Winnie at [email protected]
About the North Suburbs YMCA
The North Suburban YMCA serves Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income or background , has the opportunity to learn, grow and flourish. . The NSYMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is a charitable, inclusive and welcoming organization for all in our community. Learn more at NSYMCA.org.
Keshet is a community-based, non-profit organization providing educational, vocational, recreational and residential programs for children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More than 600 people with disabilities at 70 sites across the Chicago metropolitan area benefit directly from Keshet’s support. Keshet values each individual and tailors their experiences to create a useful and meaningful life for people with disabilities in their home community. From the very beginning, Keshet has grown alongside our participants, creating a community where people of all abilities learn, play, work and live together.