Univ. of Delaware Artfest helps those with disabilities create

This Saturday’s Artfest is dubbed the state’s largest arts event for people with disabilities.

More than 70 volunteers will be on hand to help those with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities from throughout Delaware create works of art in a host of media.

“Folks that are attracted to really tactile things could participate in the creation of a 3D sculpture,” said Beth Mineo, director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies.

Artfest is a collaborative effort of the CDS, Art Therapy Express and the New Castle County Department of Community Services. The event which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Absalom Jones Community Center in Newport.

“Folks who are really interested in the visuals can engage with spin art,” Mineo said. “That was one of the most popular things last year.”

Working with professional artists and volunteers from UD, Mineo said participants will have an opportunity to enjoy the process of creating. “The whole purpose of the event is just to give people a chance to let loose, immerse themselves in the creative process for the afternoon, and have a good time.”

Nearly 50 participants have signed up so far, but there is room for a few more residents with disabilities to take part, which can be done on the university’s website udel.edu

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