My name is Richard Connor, and I am not just the director of the College Park location, but also the Arts and Music Therapy coordinator for Share the Care! Over the past year we have been working closely with Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts) to develop a program of 250 arts-based activities for Adult Day Centers. Within those 250 are 50 activities each in Music, Dance, Drama, Creative Writing, and Visual Arts. Partnering with CFCArts provides their knowledge and expertise in the arts to our staff who know the Adult Day Care setting and of course our clients. With 250 activities, there is an opportunity to engage in the arts each day Share the Care is open.
Engagement in the arts has been shown to be so impactful to the lives of older adults. The use of creativity can spark things within every one of us we never thought possible. Music holds so many emotions and memories. If you are anything like me, dancing is the only way you'll exercise. Holding a paintbrush with an empty canvas means infinite possibilities. Drama allows us the opportunity to be that actor or actress we always wanted to be. Creative writing lets us express ourselves, and create beautiful poetry that lasts past a lifetime. While so many of us are intimidated by "the arts", working with CFCArts has brought it to a level where anyone can participate within the activity. I look forward to continuing seeing the meaningful impact the program has not only on Share the Care, but your loved ones as well.
Thank-you for the opportunity to provide the arts to the people you love the most.
Richard Connor III
Share the Care clients creating art and dance