Goodwill Dreams in Color

This Friday, the Charlotte Art League (CAL) Gallery will kick off a three-week exhibit featuring the work of Goodwill participants in an exhibit called “Color My Dreams.” The drawings, paintings, and mosaics put on display are the work of participants in Goodwill’s Employment Skills Training program, which helps people with intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses find work by providing 12 to 18 months of job skills training. CAL volunteers spend several hours a month teaching art to Goodwill participants, resulting in stunning artwork, and helping to develop and reinforce the confidence and self-management skills needed to succeed in the workplace. But the weekly art sessions don’t have an impact on the participants alone; just ask volunteer instructor Molly Partyka. “It’s been a blessing,” she says. After working in elementary education and then being laid off from her job, it was working with the Goodwill participants that helped her realize her true calling—special education. She’s headed back to school this month to get her special education certification. Stop by the CAL Gallery (1517 Camden Road in Charlotte) during the Friday Gallery Crawl from 6 to 8 p.m. for a reception with the artists!

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