The Art of Inclusion Project Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion in the South Bay 

Three Non-Profits team up for the first art collaboration project connecting adults with developmental disabilities with the elite young scholars of Arch Bishop Mitty High School to encourage inclusion and diversity in the South Bay

SAN JOSE – September 19, 2019 – Life Services Alternatives (LSA), a non-profit organization that provides housing and programs for adults with developmental disabilities, announced on Monday that they have been working with Archbishop Mitty High School (Mitty) for months in creating a collaborative art project and program aimed at inclusivity for adults with developmental disabilities. Fourteen Mitty students were hand-chosen to participate in this project after a lengthy vetting and screening process. Each student was partnered with an LSA resident for hour-long classes once a week for four weeks. The Triton Museum of Art, a not for profit museum in Santa Clara, will be the location for the project and agreed to showcase the final event on Saturday, October 19, 2019. 

“This project is both a breath of fresh air in a time where we need tolerance and inclusion the most. I’m happy that LSA was able to bring together some of our residents with some of the South Bay’s brightest students. The Triton Museum has done an amazing job pulling together our communities to meet on common ground through art.” said Executive Director of Life Services Alternatives, Dana Hooper.

This art collaboration project was made possible in part by the financial support from the Farrington Historical Foundation. The grant was issued to support the effort to bridge two communities together. “LSA’s request was especially appealing, different and served a special group. The willingness to back this project came from LSA’s mission and the group it serves. Farrington Historical Foundation is happy to be a small part of this huge project.” said Masel Sheehan, Board Chair of the Farrington Historical Foundation.

“The ability to work with Life Services Alternatives on an art project struck us as an exciting opportunity from the start.  At Archbishop Mitty, we commit ourselves to a service-learning experience that aims to connect the members of our community with good people and good work in our area. It was clear from our initial visit to LSA and our ensuing relationship, through the building of this project, that we have a shared vision of how our communities will benefit from coming to know others through creativity, creation, and collaboration. We are excited to support our students and the members of the LSA community in getting to know each other, expressing themselves through art, and learning important lessons about themselves and others along the way.” said John Marheineke, Christian Service Coordinator Religious Studies Teacher Archbishop Mitty High School.

“We are excited to collaborate with these organizations to provide new and exciting services to our local community,” expressed Executive Director of the Triton Museum, Jill B. Meyers.

The exciting conclusion of the art collaboration project with these three organizations comes together this October 19th, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Triton Museum. Come and see the results of what inclusion and creativity can produce for the final art show and auction at the Triton Museum.

Life Services Alternatives
Life Services Alternatives (LSA) was founded by parents who had a dream of establishing homes for their adult children with special needs. In 2002, LSA began a journey to establish quality homes and nurturing services so that adults with developmental disabilities – including those with enduring medical needs – could receive life-long support while living in their community. LSA believes all people with developmental disabilities have the right to live life to its fullest in our community. Twenty-four hours a day, we care for and support adults with special needs in neighborhood homes in Santa Clara County. Through personalized programs focused on skill-building, we make a difference in the quality of our residents’ lives, enabling them to reach their true potential.

Farrington Historical Foundation
The Farrington Historical Trust was established in 1974 to hold the historic Kirk-Farrington House in trust for use by the Junior League of San Jose, Inc.  Under the terms of the original Trust, Mrs. Dorothy Bogen Farrington gave the League the privilege of using the estate as its headquarters, with the Foundation administering the house and grounds.  The Trust was incorporated on November 21, 1996, as the Farrington Historical Foundation, Inc. and is governed by a board of directors.

The Farrington Historical Trust was established in 1974 to hold the historic Kirk-Farrington House in trust for use by the Junior League of San Jose, Inc.  Under the terms of the original Trust, Mrs. Dorothy Bogen Farrington gave the League the privilege of using the estate as its headquarters, with the Foundation administering the house and grounds.  The Trust was incorporated on November 21, 1996, as the Farrington Historical Foundation, Inc. and is governed by a board of directors.

In addition to preserving the Kirk-Farrington house and grounds, the Farrington Historical Foundation also acts as a grant-making organization for other non-profit organizations headquartered in or serving Santa Clara County.  Since starting the distribution of funds in 1998, the Foundation has provided funding amounting to $3,340,000 to numerous organizations. This program was established at the request of Dorothy Bogen Farrington in the original Trust.

Archbishop Mitty High School – Christian Service
At Archbishop Mitty, Christian Service is an extension of who we are. We require our students to provide service to the community as part of their graduation requirement, not as an academic or perfunctory exercise, but rather as a way to cultivate a way of being in the world. We recognize that young people are in a critical and self-focused period of their lives, necessarily so as they prepare for their own futures, but we challenge them to shift that focus. That shift helps them, and all of us in our community, to recognize what it means when the Gospel challenges us to create a world in which love comes first. In our Christian scriptures, Jesus reminds his followers that they should be known by their love. I hope that the wider community will know Mitty students by their love in action. 

The Triton Museum
For 50 years, the Triton Museum of Art has been a destination for the community, providing a venue where local artists exhibit their work alongside regional and national artists, and where students of all ages learn about art and the creative process. The Triton Museum of Art is a vital community resource that provides accessible exhibition and education programs, which promote a broad range of contemporary California art. Through our multifaceted programs, we bring together the culturally diverse population of the Greater Bay Area to foster a better understanding of art and its role in building a strong community.

Contact: 
Hadiyah Fain, Life Services Alternatives
hfain@lsahomes.org
408791-2584

Photos from the Final Event

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