Joe came to The Arc Prince George’s County in 2013 unsure of what he wanted to do, but looking for a place to connect with his community. As part of The Arc’s commitment to person centered supports, a team of staff, advocates and family worked with Joe to discover his passions and help ignite them.
“I taught myself to paint and then I went to high school and they helped me in art classes as well,” says Joe, identifying painting as one of the passions he would like to pursue.
The Arc’s Community Links Program was the perfect fit for Joe, forging partnerships with organizations like the Brentwood Arts Exchange Center to encourage creativity and inclusion for the individuals we serve. Joe attended classes and honed his talents as an artist, spending hours painting and drawing.
“I would like to be a professional art teacher and teach others to express themselves too, and I would like to own my own art studio one day,” said Joe during an interview about what achievement means to him. “The Arc is helping me achieve those goals by helping me find a job so I can get supplies and giving me encouragement to keep painting and express myself.”
In 2015 local news outlets began to feature Joe and his work on television and in newspapers. From that exposure, Joe is now selling his work and gaining quite the clientele.
See Joe’s feature on a recent episode of CTV Salutes