Children Shine at Exceptional Family Arts, Wellness Expo

Atreus shows off his artwork in Better Farm's gallery.
betterArts last Saturday hosted the Exceptional Family Members Program's First Annual Family Arts and Wellness Expo at Better Farm in Redwood, N.Y.

Saturday's event, free and open to the public, featured a gallery filled with artwork, dance performances with Amy Earle School of Dance, arts 'n' crafts activities, storytelling, a homemade winemaking demonstration by local resident Paul R. Jennings, tours of the Better Farm campus, and locally produced food fired up on the grill along with homegrown side dishes.

The event showcased the artwork and performances of dozens of children enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) on Fort Drum. That program works with other military and civilian agencies to provide services for family members with special physical, emotional, developmental, and intellectual needs by providing community support services such as resources, information and referral, advocacy, support groups, respite care and relocation assistance.
Representatives from Northern Lights Chiropractic were also on-site offering massages and information about that company's services. 
Here are some photos from the event:

betterArts partnered with EFMP for this event in order to draw public attention to the creative genius of all children; and to increase public access to arts and culture in the North Country.
betterArts increases access to programs like this and other arts and cultural opportunities throughout the North Country. To learn more about betterArts' mission and work, click here.