For many years now, Grand Avenue Club has had a productive and mutually satisfying partnership with the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).
Over the years, students in the program have spent 8 weeks in our Work-Ordered Day Program, each working side-by-side with members in one of our 3 work units: Retail & Business Management, Culinary, and Membership, Education & Employment.
An OT student designed a permanent, colorful mural in our second floor dining room and engaged many members and staff in the creation of this bright, multi-colored permanent piece of art.
OT students were critical to the re-opening of The Water St. Boutique last summer. Along with members, they produced an instructional video about working in the store, organized our huge inventory, and received donations.
OT students have worked side-by-side with GAC colleagues in Culinary creating healthy breakfasts and lunches.
The students are supervised by an OT instructor who visits GAC weekly and consults with supervising staff at GAC.
Impressed by the effectiveness of the OT students in the Clubhouse, we have hired several of them.
As a GAC staffer, recent graduate Yari Colby is continuing the work that she did as a student with us. She is working in Membership, Education & Employment, side-by-side, with members and staff to recruit new members, to help them with paper work, and organize member-led tours and meaningful orientations. Yari has also become part of the team working on our daily newspaper, The Source.
As a student, Kayla worked in Culinary and completed a project on portion control that has been very helpful to all of us. As a staff person, she is now busy working with our vibrant crew in the boutique on bar coding, inventory, and processing merchandise. She is also working in the boutique as a sales associate alongside other staff and members.
When we discovered at our Wednesday afternoon Art Collective meeting that Avi is an art experimentalist who loves working with color, texture, and movement, we asked him to present a workshop to our community
"Colors in Motion: a kinetic art workshop" will take place on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Gallery Grand on the fourth floor.
Avi says, "My passion for art is rooted in my insistence that all people have the right to creativity as an outlet for self-expression and experimentation."
For many years, GAC has partnered with local colleges to help train social work, nursing, art therapy, psychology, and occupational students. This has benefited GAC and we hope to have impacted their effectiveness no matter where they go.
However, at this time, we are happy that some of them have continued to contribute to the quality of our lives at Grand Avenue Club.