Arts program for adults with disabilities opens greeting card store


VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – An art program that caters to adults with disabilities now has a boutique open to the public.

On Wednesday, the Ability Center of Virginia, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its ArtWorks retail store.

The ArtWorks program offers these men and women the opportunity to create and sell original greeting cards.

“We can spread joy in our community and around the world,” said Cathy Scarborough, program manager for ArtWorks. “We’re having a good time, but we’re working hard. We put our skills to work. “

Maddy Beardsley discovered the Ability Center over the summer.

“I love it,” exclaimed Beardsley. When asked what she liked about the center, she replied, “Being able to make new friends and be myself. “

ACVA offers daily programming, but cards are made on Wednesdays.

The store is located at 5825 Arrowhead Drive in Virginia Beach and will be open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

Handmade greeting cards are also sold at a number of retail stores across Hampton Roads, including the following:

  • LunaMer Cottage
  • The Royal Chocolate
  • Lewis Accounting and Tax Services
  • Plum bakery
  • Hickory Trading Post
  • Read books at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
  • REACH, Inc.

Michelle Prendergast, executive director of the Ability Center of Virginia, explains that ArtWorks card makers can also customize orders to include designs such as company logos.

After this News 3 story aired, the Skills Center said it had already made a big impact! Since the ribbon cutting, they have sold for almost $ 2,000! This includes in-store sales, online sales, craft shows, and some donations. “It has been a very successful few weeks and we look forward to many more. The clients have been so touched by your story,” said the executive director of the center.

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Kayleen C. Rice