Art happening at PCCS; open house set Friday

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Courtesy photo From left, Patty Mitchell, Becky Sears, Jamie Hayes, and Dee Dee Wells busily create some art, while Meghan Armitage and Susan Dlouhy look on.

Putnam County Comprehensive Services Inc. embarked last Monday on a two-week intensive journey to jump-start arts programming for the individuals served by PCCS.

With guidance from Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell, consultants with the Creative Abundance Group from Columbus, Ohio, PCCS is exploring artistic endeavors as a creative form of expression and also as a potential income source for the people PCCS serves. With a well-documented history of success, Dlouhy and Mitchell bring a collective 52 years of experience in art and administration of programs working with individuals with disabilities.

“Just in this first week alone,” PCCS Executive Director Andrew Ranck said, “the change in moods and willingness to participate is phenomenal.

“Staff members are excited because the individuals receiving services are in control of the activity,” he continued. “They are picking what they want to do and the atmosphere is much more relaxed than regular vocational activities. Individuals aren’t hearing, ‘No, you can’t’, they are hearing ‘Yes, you can!’“

With a long-term goal of a fully community integrated arts studio and gallery space for all of Greencastle to utilize and enjoy, PCCS has been given great guidance to be on the right track for success.

PCCS invites any interested community members to stop by and check out what they have been up to during an open house on Friday, Dec 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the PCCS campus, 630 Tennessee St., Greencastle.

PCCS is continuing to accept donations of arts supplies, wood, house paint and used clothing and blankets. Also, if a community artist has a talent they would like to share, PCCS is also looking for guest artists to share their medium and let the individuals served experience new and different approaches to art.

For a more extensive list of items needed or guest artist opportunities, contact Meghan Armitage, special projects manager, at or 653-9763 ext. 151.

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