WHAT’S IN A NAME?
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.