Lupinacci: "Allowing the Town to host such an event is something that will bring more awareness to the benefits of art therapy."
Huntington, NY - January 15, 2019 - Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci hosted Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) to honor special needs artists participating in FREE’s Fine Art and Art Therapy Programs at a Meet the Artists Reception, joined by Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, Heckscher Museum of Art Executive Director Michael Schantz and Huntington Arts Council Executive Director Marc Courtade at Huntington Town Hall on Wednesday, December 12.
“Allowing the Town to host such an event and share it with the greater community is something that will bring more awareness to the benefits of art therapy and help more individuals with Autism and other special needs express themselves through the hidden language of images, colors and symbols,” said Supervisor Lupinacci. “We have had quite the positive reception to the art exhibition in the weeks since it has been installed. The pieces bring life and warmth to the walls of this building, so thank you to FREE and to the artists for sharing yourselves with us through your art.”
Heckscher Museum of Art Executive Director Michael Schantz and Huntington Arts Council Executive Director Marc Courtade delivered remarks on the importance of art in the community and our culture. Ed Regensburg, Director of Art Therapy at FREE, discussed the art therapy process FREE’s programs undertake and the importance of art therapy.
At the ceremony, Supervisor Lupinacci presented proclamations to the artists in attendance, after which FREE and the artists presented the Supervisor with a Partnership Award.
The collection, entitled “Revelations,” were created by individuals with Autism and other Special Needs who participate in Fine Art and Art Therapy programs at FREE. The artists’ works were on exhibit and for sale, with proceeds benefitting the artists and their programs, at Huntington Town Hall from November 27 through January 8, 2019. Several pieces from the exhibition were sold, including one sold to Joshua Price, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who donated the piece to the Town. The piece now hangs in the reception area of the Supervisor’s office.
Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and Town Attorney Nicholas Ciappetta purchased one of the pieces together as a gift for Deputy Supervisor Pat Del Col, who had expressed her admiration for the piece before the end of the exhibition and is retiring in late January after 25 years of government service to the Town.
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), founded in 1977, benefits and proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including: housing; recovery services; transition to work; employment; day, community and family services; respite; crisis services; education and after school support; specialty health services; and advocacy.
FREE also collaborates with a variety of diverse 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners on educational, vocational, rehabilitative and a myriad of other creative initiatives to enhance the local communities and the lives of more than 25,000 people that reside within them. Each of the valued partners of the FREE Network have a unique mission, vision and strategic goals that are aligned in purpose, and embody the spirit of the meaningful work we do every day. For more information, please call 516-870-7000 or visit www.familyres.org.