Arc Art Show & Film Festival News Release 2018
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 13, 2018
Best Friend is going to be featured at the Arc Film Festival. It’s the story of Deirdre, a young girl from New York
struggling to accept Los Angeles as her new home
A St. Patrick’s Day art show and film festival highlights Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at Arc of Genesee Orleans. The community is invited to attend the Saturday event at Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the art show featuring work by individuals served at the Arc followed by films at 1:00 p.m.
Arc Director of Development Shelley Falitico said this year eleven different films from the New York City based Sprout collection will be presented. “Sprout films are produced by or feature individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities – the work is amazing,” Ms. Falitico said.
The March observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month began in 1987
When President Reagan invited “all individuals, agencies, and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” He urged all Americans to encourage opportunities to help people with developmental disabilities lead productive lives.
In the years since that first observance, Arc of Genesee Orleans has grown immensely over two counties with the opening of several community homes, development of unique vocational training and day programs. Ms. Falitico said the Arc also encourages volunteerism and giving back to the community. “From Waterport to Pembroke, Oakfield to Holley and every town in between, the community has played a significant role in our growth and the opportunities we are able to offer the people we serve,” she said.
Also during March, the Arc of Genesee Orleans is kicking off its annual membership drive and has a Developmental Disabilities Awareness display at Case-Nic Cookies in Medina. From March 19 – 24, Case-Nic Cookies will donate $1.00 of every dozen cookies sold during that week directly to the Arc Genesee Orleans. You will find more information on the Arc of Genesee Orleans programs, services and upcoming events at www.arcgo.org.