Friendship Circle Features Unique Clay Sculptures at Annual Art Show

Art is often the expression of a person’s innermost feelings. And the beautiful sculptures created by young people with special needs, set to be displayed at the third annual Friendship Circle art show, are no exception.

Friendship Circle art show participants: Aurelia Galvez (l) and Jolie Smith (r).

The Philly Friendship Circle (Friendship Circle Philadelphia Region South) connects teen and young adult volunteers to youth with special needs and their families, offering a full range of Jewish and social experiences. The art show, on January 14 at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, will feature clay creations molded by Friendship Circle participants and their volunteer buddies. Pieces will be available for purchase.

“This was a terrific opportunity for our participants to further bond with their teen buddies while also learning new skills,” said Jared Pashko, outreach coordinator at the Philly Friendship Circle. “The sculptures were so impressive and beautiful to look at and allowed each participant to really express themselves.”

Through hard work and guidance by expert artists, the participants created their own unique pieces. Pashko said they enjoyed the feel of modeling clay in their hands, as they shaped their creations with their partners. Working with clay and other mediums can help individuals with special needs communicate their thoughts and feelings, as they may have trouble expressing themselves otherwise. Working with their buddies can also help them grow and learn.

“Our volunteers really work well with their buddies and help create a great experience,” Pashko said. “Seeing them knead the clay together and work to create something interesting and unique is just beautiful.”

For the third year in a row, Bear Givers has supported this collaborative art show, allowing Friendship Circle to hold the event free of charge. Bear Givers is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing joy to those in need, sometimes by giving and sometimes by empowering others to give. Through its EmpowerArt Program, Bear Givers enables children with illnesses or special needs to feel the pride of creating artwork that is displayed and sold to support their school, hospital or other program.

The Friendship Circle invites you to come and experience the great sculptures made by our participants and volunteers at our free open house exhibit.

The art show will be held at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, 272 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr, from 2- 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 14. For more information or to RSVP, please visit our website.



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