Community partnerships help Lifescape’s arts program thrive

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) — A series of partnerships is giving the people of Lifescape more opportunities to express themselves creatively.

This month, we headed to Lifescape’s Center for the Arts, to see how community support and a little creativity can go a long way to making an impact.

“You can do things you don’t think you can do and you don’t have to have any special talent to make great art, anyone can do it!”

Jaclyn Laprath is a Lifescape Arts Intern this summer.

Through Lifescape’s partnership with USD, Jaclyn helps provide daily art experiences for adults and children at Lifescape.

“One day I hope to become a speech therapist, but I want to incorporate art into my work, so this is a great opportunity to learn how to do that,” Laprath said.

Jamie Richardson is the artistic director of Lifescape’s Center for the Arts. She says Jaclyn’s presence during the summer is a big help for the program, and the benefits are twofold.

“It also gives us the opportunity to provide education to these young students and give them more opportunities so that they can learn these skills and the way we adapt art and bring art to people with disabilities and let’s take them to different communities and different contexts, so more and more people are touched by the art on the road,” Richardson said.

Richardson believes that artistic projects have power.

“To focus on providing the arts as a tool to alleviate some of the health issues that people have,” she said. The more hands that can help with the artistic program, the better.

Lifescape also partners with organizations such as Citibank, whose employees spent their “World Community Day” volunteering to help create the unique cement stepping stones.

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Kayleen C. Rice