"Inspired by my love of working with children, I hope you will enjoy the story of each child’s art in this Doorway of Hope. Wherever they may be going, if a child feels safe and secure, they can explore, grow and learn through outside experiences. " Ramona Fink, Lead Artist
Art teacher Diane Gabelhouse and students from Mickle Middle School’s Diversity Club chose a door - a locker door. To them this door symbolizes the importance of education not only to the students but to their families. Some of the students shared the reasons that their families immigrated here from other countries: for a new beginning, better opportunities, better education, and hopes for a bight future.
If you look closely behind the glass marbles....
Open this door to see more:
"It's been an amazing journey creating a door with The Autism Family Network. Everyone knows someone with a spectrum of Autism as one out of 80 children are affected. More boys than girls.
I have been blessed by not only creating with these warrior moms advocating strongly for their children's needs...but following them through a Bill. I became involved in their enthusiasm...pushing a bill through the legislation to offer insurance for behavioral therapy which propels an autistic child further in the real world if offered early in diagnosis. The bill was signed into a law this last Monday by Governor Heineman. One of our artists, Jacob, signed the new law also with the Governors pen. I burst into tears...and hope that my Doorway To Hope can publicly display the strength, courage and perserverance of these admirable Autism Families. I am in awe and forever changed by this art endeavor. Thank you." Anna Alcalde
Absolutely stunning, Anna, you are an amazing woman helping with CHANGE in our community! Thank you!
Great idea on how to engage the community! Looks like a beautiful day full of fun! We can't wait to see your finished project.
Your project looks amazing! We can't wait to continue seeing the progress of you and your community groups project!
We have received some AMAZING stories about our selected Artists and their community groups. Everyone is working hard to put together their doors. WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR EXPERIENCES! Please share with us!
Cathy Harrington, artist, is nurturing the creativity of Special Olympic Athletes (through the Tennis Buddies program) who are now as proud of their accomplishments in the art room as on the tennis court. It is an amazing experience for athletes/artists, their parents and volunteers!
Anna Alcalde, artist, shared: One year ago, Alex wouldn't get his hands dirty or blend paint. He didn't care to let the lines of color touch on the canvas. Today, he is blending colors, dancing to music and even added his signature by "hand print"! Art is truly a gift for the soul!
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Check Out Each Artist Page
- Linda Arnold: A Lifetime of HOPE
- Ramona Fink: Safe at Day’s End
- Diane Gabelhouse: Locking Up a Bright Future
- Cathy Harrington: Garden of Faith, Hope & Love
- Kristin Asche: Galaxy of Hope
- Mark Kuzara: Passage
- Julia Noyes: The Monarch, the Metamorphosis
- Jennifer Ormaston: This Little Light of Mine
- Joan Phelan: Hope in a Changing Climate
- Max Reis: Let Hope Shine Through
- Christine Schleich: Hope Home
- Linda Thomas: A View from the Inside Out And Outside in
- Kallista Tran: Helping Hands
- Nancy Heiser: Home Address
- Shannon Ziebell: Hope Shines Through
- Anna Alcalde: TAKE THAT, AUTISM!
- Jean Stryker: Courage
- Liz Shea-McCoy: An Elegant Symbol Communicating the Aesthetic of Safety
- Tamara Kaye: Window of Opportunity
- Tamara Kaye: To Hope
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