Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. News & Updates
August 2022 | Issue No. 90
New and noteworthy in August:
SNAP Open House: Sept. 8th, 6:30-8pm
All are welcome at our SNAP Open House! Whether you are a current SNAP singer or artist or looking to find out more information, come reconnect with friends and find out more about our programs! This year marks the 40th anniversary of our first rehearsal!

Our Open House will take place on Thursday, September 8th, 6:30-8pm at the Lexington Community Center. Refreshments will be served!

Email us at info@snaparts.org or call 781-325-8025 with any questions. See you there!
Fall 2022- Summer 2023 Registration
SNAP has started registration for our next program year, fall 2022 through summer 2023. People can register for one program or several. Payment is due at the time of registration. We cannot confirm registration until payment is received.

All SNAP participants must fill out a new application at the start of our program year. Once this application is filled out, you do not need to fill it out again unless the information has changed. All SNAP programs are listed in the application.

To register for programs, visit our website, www.snaparts.org. Email us at info@snaparts.org or call 781-325-8025 with any questions.
Early Childhood Music Program: Open now!
The SNAP Early Childhood Music Program brings together children with special needs to learn about singing and music at weekly meetings as well as to socialize and make friends. No previous singing or music experience is required. A parent or caregiver needs to attend with the child. The Monday group is for children age 3-5 and the Wednesday group is for children age 6-8. Proof of vaccination is required. The cost is $175. 

Children will have access to a variety of instruments and will learn about rhythm, harmonizing and singing together. SNAP Music Director Marisa Giangregorio also leads their Sing Along Chorus, is a pre-school teacher with her BA in Music Education from Boston University as well as her MA in Music Education with Autism Concentration from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. 

Monday group will meet weekly from 4-4:30pm
Fall session: September 12th-November 28th
Spring session: March 6th-May 15th

Wednesday group will meet weekly from 4-4:30pm
Fall session: September 14th-November 30th
Spring session: March 8th-May 24th

To register for the Early Childhood Music Program, please click here
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and enrollment is limited. To pay for programs, please click here. Program location: Lexington Community Center
Sing Along Chorus Registration: Open now!
Sing Along Chorus celebrates 40 years! Registering now for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 sessions. Advance registration is required to attend. Registration is confirmed once payment is received. Cost is $270. SNAP Music Director, Marisa Giangregorio. Piano Accompanist, Harley Smith.

Monday group will meet weekly from 7-8:30pm
Fall session: September 12th-January 30th
Spring session: February 6th-June 5th

Wednesday group will meet weekly from 6:30-8pm
Fall session: September 14th-January 25th
Spring session: February 1st-June 7th

To register for Sing Along Chorus, please click here
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and enrollment is limited. To pay for programs, please click here. Program location: Lexington Community Center
Special Artists registration: Open now!
Special Artists registration is now open. This year we will celebrate 15 years of arts programming at SNAP! Registering now for the fall 2022 through summer 2023 sessions. Advance registration is required to attend. Registration is confirmed once payment is received. Taught by SNAP Art Director Lidija Vukovic.

There will be three classes per session: 10-11:15am, 11:30am-12:45pm and a children's class for ages 5-12 from 1-1:45pm. Session dates are the following:

Fall, 8 weeks, $145: September 10th-November 5th
Winter, 4 weeks, $75: January 7th-28th
Spring, 8 weeks, $145: March 18th-May 13th
Summer, 4 weeks, $75: July 8th-29th

To register for Special Artists, please click here
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and enrollment is limited. To pay for programs, please click here. Program location: Lexington Community Center
SNAP Crafts registration: Open now!
SNAP Crafts registration is now open. Advance registration is required to attend. Registering now for the fall 2022 and summer 2023 sessions. Registration is confirmed once payment is received. Taught by SNAP Art Instructor Donna Pioli. Cost is $75. Four week sessions on Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45pm. Session dates are the following:

Fall session: March 18th-May 13th
Summer session: July 8th-29th

To register for SNAP Crafts, please click here
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and enrollment is limited. To pay for programs, please click here. Program location: Lexington Community Center
SNAP Ceramics registration: Open now!
SNAP Ceramics registration is now open. Advance registration is required to attend. Registering now for the winter 2023 session. Registration is confirmed once payment is received. Taught by SNAP Art Instructor Donna Pioli. Cost is $100. Six week sessions on Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45pm. Session dates are the following:

Winter session: February 7th-March 14th

To register for SNAP Ceramics, please click here
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and enrollment is limited. To pay for programs, please click here. Program location: Lexington Community Center
SNAP Paint Nights registration: Open now!
SNAP Paint Nights registration is now open. Advance registration is required to attend. Registering now for the fall 2022 through summer 2023 program year. Paint Nights is a free program held over zoom. Bring your own art supplies and creativity and connect with friends over zoom to make art together! Led by SNAP Art Director Lidija Vukovic. Free to attend. Tuesday evenings, 5:30-6:30pm. Paint Night dates are the following:

November 8th, December 13th, December 20th, January 31st, May 16th, May 23rd and May 30th

To register for Paint Nights, please click here
Program location: we will email a zoom link
NEW! SNAP Notecards for the summer!
SNAP released three new sets of notecards this spring. Themes include Spring Abstract, Fairy Houses and Brush People. Cards are available for purchase on our website and at Cambridge Trust in Lexington,1690 Mass Ave in Lexington. Cost is $15 per box all proceeds benefit SNAP. Each box comes with five blank notecards and envelopes. These cards are great for thank you notes or to give as a gift!
Abstract
Fairy Houses: Assortment
Brush People: Assortment
Battlegreen Run: Sunday, November 6th
A SNAP team will participate in the Genesis Battlegreen Run on Sunday, November 6th! The Battlegreen Run is an annual tradition in Lexington. All proceeds are donated to area non-profit organizations. Last year the Battlegreen Run donated over $100,000 to local non-profits. SNAP is a race beneficiary. You have the option of a 5K walk, 5K run and a 10K run as well as the option to compete virtually. For more information or to register, visit the Battlegreen Run website.
To join the SNAP team, please contact Heidi O'Mara
SNAP has updated our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Everyone attending SNAP programs will need to have read and signed this policy prior to the start of fall programming. SNAP is required everyone attending programs to be vaccinated and boosted, according to the eligibility schedule. This includes anyone attending the program with an artist or singer, that person also need to have their vaccine card on file with SNAP.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi O'Mara
SNAP has developed guidelines for ensuring a safe program environment. Please click here to access our COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures. These protocols are subject to change as new guidance becomes available.
You will need to submit your vaccination card by email to the SNAP Office to attend SNAP programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi O'Mara
Face masks still required at programs
The town of Lexington is designated as medium risk and have ended their indoor mask mandate. Out of an abundance of caution, we will continue to wear masks in our chorus and adult visual arts classes.

While we are making strides in the pandemic public health emergency, we feel that the continued usage of masks is important to maintain our in-person programming. Please contact Heidi O'Mara, SNAP Executive Director, if you have any questions.
Looking for a great and fun volunteer opportunity? Consider volunteering for SNAP! Volunteers are a crucial part of providing our music and art programs. We have several program sessions in art and music throughout the year. Are you in middle school? Consider our Peer Mentor program! For more information on volunteering, email us. To fill out a volunteer application, please click here.
SNAP Singer Profile: Richard S.
Richard S. has been singing with SNAP Sing Along Chorus since he was a teenager, over 20 years ago! Richard graduated from LABBB in 2005. Richard is a very funny and caring person with many friends. Richard loves to sing and share his love of music with others.

Richard's favorite band is Hanson. He loves their song MMMBop. Richard's faith is a very important part of his life and he really enjoys religious music. Richard has performed in many SNAP concerts over the years, including as a soloist.

When Richard is not singing, he is very busy with all of his many activities! Playing sports is a big part of his life and he is very competitive. Richard has participated for many years in the Special Olympics. He has competed in bowling, swimming, golf, and track and field among other sports. Richard competed in the first Special Olympics National games in Iowa in 2006, representing Massachusetts, as well as the International Special Olympics in Montreal in 2007. Richard was initiated into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 2017.

Richard was a player on the Belmont Oilers Floor Hockey team for seven years. He now serves as their General Manager. Richard also enjoys collecting sports cards, bocce, video games, watching wrestling, reading the bible and eating at McDonalds...but only occasionally! He also loves his coffee.

Richard's favorite part of Sing Along Chorus is being around people who care. According to Richard, Sing Along Chorus brightens his life. It makes him feel whole and like a new man. The other singers inspire him and he believes that they are his family, celebrating the happy times and supporting each other through the hard times. We are grateful that Richard shares his talents with the Sing Along Chorus, Bravo Richard!
SNAP Good News to Share!
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Please email Heidi your good news!
Sending Big Birthday Wishes To:
Peter S. on August 7th

Michele B. on August 10th

Eric W. on August 27th

Cammy K. on August 31st

Alyson P. on August 31st