Northeast Center for Special Care The Eyes of Wellness 2009 Calendar Showcases Artists with Brain Injury and Other Disorders

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Northeast Center for Special Care presents The Eyes of Wellness, a unique 12-month calendar for 2009 showcasing the artwork of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other disorders, is now available as a free download.

The Art Studio's nurturing, lively space encourages trust in creative journeys through drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and environment building

The Eyes of Wellness, a unique 12-month calendar for 2009 showcasing the artwork of Resident-Neighbors at Northeast Center for Special Care, is now available as a free download.

Northeast Center for Special Care is a specialty rehabilitation program for traumatic brain injury, neurobehavioral disorders, spinal cord injury, respiratory care and ventilator weaning located in the town of Lake Katrine in a state-of-art, 209,000 sq. ft. therapeutic community center in Ulster County, NY.

The Eyes of Wellness Calendar is a 12-month calendar designed like a Mandela, the ancient Sanskrit model of spirituality and wellness, used by many cultures around the world over the centuries. The calendar is elliptical and geometric, and includes a sacred center, a middle section and a protective boundary, as typically found in Mandalas, separated by, yet integrated with rhythmic borders.

Based on the Mandela design, the calendar displays selected original artworks by Northeast Center Resident-Neighbor artists in the center of each monthly calendar page. The individual calendar month pages are designed to be attached to the center of the calendar cover, making a new spiritual Mandala for each month of the year. The 2009 calendar speaks to viewers moving through their daily activities with symbolism of wellness and hope.

Ann Belcher, CEO of Northeast Center for Special Care noted, "The 2009 calendar celebrates the artistic achievements of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other disorders and illustrates Northeast Center's use of innovative and specialized rehabilitation approaches integrated with traditional therapies."

The calendar's stunning original artwork was created in the Northeast Center Art Studio, a large atrium, naturally lit, filled with easels, tables and high-quality art supplies. "The Art Studio's nurturing, lively space encourages trust in creative journeys through drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and environment building," said Northeast Center's Fine Art Director Susan Togut, MFA, who coordinated the calendar project.

As individuals create art, physical, cognitive, social and psychological skills grow, the Art Studio comes alive with diverse expressions of beauty and integrity, creating a communal atmosphere that inspires all who enter. The making of collaborative public art builds community in its processes of creation and long-term enjoyment in the public realm.

The Visual Arts Program at Northeast Center for Special Care allows traumatic brain injury survivors and individuals with related conditions to engage fully with life and nurtures their creativity at all levels of experience and capability. Cumulative processes encourage the creation of individual and collaborative art with an authentic voice, resulting in completed works. These artworks are a testament of the person's creative explorations while seamlessly developing role recovery with new or renewed identities as artists.

The Northeast Center for Special Care Art Studio has been featured in national publications such as the New York Times, Spirituality and Health Magazine. It has also been the subject of an independent film documentary Changing Identities: A Story of Traumatic Injury and Art, which has been aired nationally on public television stations. Works by Northeast Center Resident-Neighbor artists have been displayed in shows and galleries nationally.

The Eyes of Wellness Calendar, is dedicated to the founder and president of Northeast Center for Special Care, Anthony Salerno, who sadly passed away in 2008, and who supported the arts as an essential part of the rehabilitation process for all those touched by traumatic brain injury and related conditions.

Please note: On the first day each month Northeast Center will post a new calendar page in PDF format for that corresponding month. Web visitors will be able to download that page for that entire month. The calendar cover will remain posted the entire year for download. The download can be accessed at Northeast Center's calendar website: http://art-calendar.northeastcenter.com

Northeast Center for Special Care is a state-of-art specialty rehabilitation program for individuals with traumatic brain injury, neurobehavioral disorders, spinal cord injury, and ventilator dependency. Established in 1999, it is located on a 39-acre campus in the beautiful Hudson Valley. The mission of Northeast Center for Special Care is rehabilitation, recovery and community reentry for individuals with disabilities. Since its inception, hundreds of individuals have "graduated" from its programs and have moved on to integrated settings in their communities. Northeast Center has been honored with numerous awards including: The New York State Health Facilities Association's (NYSHFA) Clinical and Quality Services Committee 2007 Innovative Practices Award, The Advance Magazine Award for Innovative Clinical Program, The American Association for Respiratory Care Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, The Gateway Community Industries Employer of the Year award and the Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance Outstanding Employer of Individuals with Disabilities.

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