TURN­ing Dreams Into Re­al­ity In Span­ish Fork!

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Pablo Pi­casso once said, “Ev­ery child is an artist. The prob­lem is how to re­main an artist once we grow up.” Some­times, when artis­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties are rein­tro­duced to adults, they de­scribe hav­ing new and fresh ex­pe­ri­ences, even “a se­cond child­hood” of ex­plo­ration and cre­ativ­ity. But some peo­ple have never had the op­por­tu­nity to “be an artist” and, as an adult, may be in­tro­duced to the fine arts for the first time.

On April 3rd, the Span­ish Fork busi­ness com­mu­nity came out in force to wel­come the open­ing of TURN Com­mu­nity Ser­vices’ new­est Day Pro­gram, “TURN Com­mu­nity and Arts Cen­ter” at 1620 N. Main. The new TURN cen­ter was es­tab­lished to serve adults with dis­abil­i­ties in south Utah County, from com­mu­ni­ties such as Springville, San­taquin, Payson, Salem, and Span­ish Fork. The pro­gram also has an “arts” em­pha­sis, fea­tur­ing in­struc­tion and ex­pe­ri­ences in paint­ing, sculp­ture, mu­sic, pho­tog­ra­phy, and other fine arts. This is TURN’s 15th op­er­at­ing Day Cen­ter in Utah, and its 5th in Utah County!

Pat Boyle is a Di­rec­tor of Pro­gram Ser­vices i n Utah County, and she over­sees the five lo­cal Day Pro­grams which now serve 110 peo­ple each day. “We are ex­plor­ing ways of in­tro­duc­ing mu­sic, move­ment, and mixed me­dia art to adults who have typ­i­cally had limited op­por­tu­ni­ties for cre­ative ex­pres­sion. Of­ten, the peo­ple we serve have also lived with limited op­por­tu­ni­ties to choose and make even sim­ple decisions”. Pat be­lieves that the more we value and have high ex­pec­ta­tions for the peo­ple served by TURN, and the more per­sonal con­trol that we can give them, the greater will be their life sat­is­fac­tion and their will­ing­ness to try new things.

Kandice Allred is the Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor at the new Span­ish Fork Cen­ter. “Fam­i­lies have been say­ing that their fam­ily mem­bers at the Cen­ter have been com­ing home so much hap­pier”, says Kandice. “The arts pro­gram has truly en­riched their life. The mu­sic and the slower, project- based at­mos­phere

have also re­sulted in a much calmer group of peo­ple. The clients are free to ex­press them­selves rather than just do­ing things the way they’re told. With some guid­ance, these in­di­vid­u­als are choos­ing projects, colors, medi­ums, etc. We all love it here!”

Ser­vice Op­por­tu­ni­ties

The TURN Com­mu­nity and Arts Cen­ter in Span­ish Fork has ac­quired an elec­tric pi­ano as well as rhythm in­stru­ments, con­gas, and a djembe. We wel­come any fur­ther do­na­tions of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, per­cus­sions, or artist’s sup­plies. TURN also de­sires to make ac­tive use of the lo­cal arts and vol­un­teer com­mu­nity and, as such, is look­ing for artists and mu­si­cians who are will­ing to teach or as­sist in paint­ing, mu­sic, voice, dance, the­ater, sculp­ture, and other arts classes and projects. There is also in­ter­est in some­body who would like to do some video pro­duc­tion. Please con­tact Kandice Allred at 801-798- 8465, or kandiceallred@turn­dreams.org.

TURN Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, Inc. is a non- profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that was founded by par­ents in 1973 to create al­ter­na­tives to in­sti­tu­tions for their chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. In 41 years, TURN has grown to now pro­vide ser­vices to over 700 in­di­vid­u­als through­out the state of Utah, of­fer­ing a full range of res­i­den­tial, em­ploy­ment, day ser­vices, sum­mer camp, and fam­ily sup­port and respite ser­vices.

TURN’s Mis­sion State­ment is “TURN Dreams Into Re­al­ity”, and the agency ex­presses its Core Val­ues as “We are ded­i­cated to Choice, Qual­ity, and Re­spect for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and those who sup­port them”. We are ex­cited to have TURN as part of the south Utah County com­mu­nity! You can visit the TURN Com­mu­nity and Arts Cen­ter at 1620 N. Main St., Span­ish Fork, 801-798- 8465. Visit the TURN web­site at www. turn­dreams. org where you can learn more about the good that TURN does in Utah, and sign up for their monthly e- news­let­ter to stay in­formed about events and op­por­tu­ni­ties that af­fect the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity.

TURN em­ploys over 500 full- and part- time work­ers through­out the state to pro­vide in­struc­tion, su­per­vi­sion, and men­tor­ing to its ser­vice re­cip­i­ents. For Di­rect Sup­port po­si­tions, no ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary, and all train­ing is pro­vided! In Utah County, TURN em­ploys be­tween 90-100 peo­ple, and there are al­ways open po­si­tions. To ap­ply, pick up an ap­pli­ca­tion at the Span­ish Fork cen­ter, call 801-343-3900, or visit TURN’s Utah County of­fice at 1921 N. 1120 W. Provo.

Wel­come to the Span­ish Fork com­mu­nity, TURN! We like what you do!

Sub­mit­ted by Dave Hen­nessey

Shan­non Rob­bins at the be­gin­ning stages of a new per­sonal mas­ter­piece!

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