Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Hen­nessey

When TURN Com­mu­nity Ser­vices opened its new Day Cen­ter in Span­ish Fork in April of this year, lo­cal TURN ad­min­is­tra­tors knew that this unique pro­gram de­served a unique name. The Cen­ter was es­tab­lished to pro­vide day­time ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties who live in com­mu­ni­ties such as Span­ish Fork, Springville, San­taquin, Payson, and Salem. This Cen­ter is unique, how­ever, as it also has an “arts” em­pha­sis, and fea­tures in­struc­tion and ex­pe­ri­ences in paint­ing, sculp­ture, mu­sic, pho­tog­ra­phy, and other mixed me­dia fine arts. Hence, the name, “TURN Com­mu­nity and Arts Cen­ter”! A Com­mu­nity Cen­ter TURN Day Pro­grams, or com­mu­nity cen­ters, pro­vide a 9am to 3pm “home base” for peo­ple with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties to learn and grow to­gether. The cen­ters of­fer a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, such as work skill de­vel­op­ment, learn­ing and prac­tic­ing hob­bies, hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions, and com­mu­nity recre­ation and ed­u­ca­tional out­ings. Day Pro­gram ser­vices be­gan in Utah in the early 1980’s, as an al­ter­na­tive to the “shel­tered work­shop” model that evolved a decade ear­lier. While shel­tered work­shops of­ten fea­tured ware­house type fa­cil­i­ties with assem­bly and pro­duc­tion projects, day pro­grams be­gan to fo­cus more on so­cial and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties. Day Ser­vice re­cip­i­ents may be in­di­vid­u­als who are no longer able to work, are learn­ing skills to pre­pare them for a work set­ting, or do not de­sire em­ploy­ment. An Arts Cen­ter TURN’s Com­mu­nity and Arts Cen­ter in Span­ish Fork is an in­no­va­tive day pro­gram that is ded­i­cated to the artis­tic de­vel­op­ment

of in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties. Our mis­sion is to pro­vide th­ese in­di­vid­u­als with the as­sis­tance, adap­ta­tions, ma­te­ri­als, and tech­ni­cal knowl­edge to cre­ate their artis­tic vi­sion! Of­ten, how­ever, we also have to help them re­al­ize that they have an artis­tic vi­sion! TURN sta 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 TURN serves have lived with limited op­por­tu­ni­ties to choose and make even sim­ple de­ci­sions. On site, we have an elec­tronic key­board, con­gas, djem­bes, and a va­ri­ety of per­cus­sion in­stru­ments, as well as can­vasses, paints, and other arts sup­plies. Some of our classes have in­cluded clay, oil and water­color paint­ing, pas­tels, sketch­ing, dance, drama, singing, per­cus­sion, key­board, and more. Ser­vice and Vol­un­teer Op­por­tu­ni­ties TURN is al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers and ex­tra help to pro­vide ex­cit­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences for the peo­ple we serve. Let us know what you are in­ter­ested in, there is some­thing for every­body! Share your tal­ents, or de­velop your tal­ents, as you help oth­ers! In­volve­ment with TURN can also be a great re­sume builder! Ex­am­ples of op­por­tu­ni­ties are: Arts In­struc­tors – De­sign ba­sic les­son plans for a spe­cific class (ex­am­ple: paint­ing, oil pas­tels, dance tech­nique, per­cus­sion) and lead that class on a sched­ule that works for you. Pro­vide as­sis­tance in the stu­dio work­ing one-on-one with clients. (Re­quire­ments: abil­ity to teach at a re­laxed pace, abil­ity to ex­plain things mul­ti­ple ways, abil­ity to think cre­atively and make adap­ta­tions as needed, abil­ity to hear and un­der­stand feed­back). Arts Per­form­ers – We love host­ing events! If you are a part of a dance group, act­ing troupe, mu­si­cal group/solo per­former, would like to share your orig­i­nal writ­ings, or present your art work, we would LOVE to have you! We will work out a day and time, and all you have to do is show up and do your thing! As a 501(c)3 non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, TURN wel­comes any fur­ther do­na­tions of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, per­cus­sions, or artist’s sup­plies. ere 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. Em­ploy­ment Op­por­tu­ni­ties: NOW HIR­ING! TURN em­ploys over 540 full- and part­time 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 801343-3900, or visit TURN’s Utah County o ce at 1921 N. 1120 W. Provo. We love meet­ing our neigh­bors! 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 a monthly e-news­let­ter to stay in­formed about events and op­por­tu­ni­ties that a ect the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity.

Sub­mit­ted by Dave Hen­nessey

Vol­un­teers, Staff, and re­cip­i­ents of the ser­vices pro­vided at TURN Com­mu­nity Ser­vices in Span­ish Fork with their art­work in the back­ground. Vol­un­teers are al­ways needed call 801-343-3900 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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