WISCONSIN FOLKSINGER, STORYTELLER & EDUCATOR
Accessable Arts Programs
Young Artists Workshops
As a visiting artist to The Young Artist Workshops the since 1989, I have learned that those referred to as "disabled" are most often the truly gifted and talented. It is our responsibility to assure that our schools, services providers and communities are accessible to all our people. This includes access to interactive participation in the arts and humanities.
Young Artist Workshops brings accessible arts to children with disabilities. Every summer since 1984, up to 180 young artists representing a wide range of the human condition, have participated in the YAW program at St. Norbert's College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Under the direction of Chuck Peterson from the Adaptive Education Department of St. Norbert's accomplished artists, musicians, volunteers and teachers of all disciplines, cultures, interests and backgrounds arrive from all over the world. For three weeks, they share their talents and lives with the young student artists. The enthusiastic students and their mentors paint, sing, act, photograph, computerize, play, communicate, nurture and create. The experience is life changing.