Our programs vary depending on the groups we engage with & issues they wish to address.
- D.E.F.T. Theatre Arts (Daydreamz ~ Exceptional Theatre ~ First ~ Therapuetic Rec: 4 partner agencies started it) – Now finishing its first full year, this program brings together folks with disabilities and those without, to create unique theatre performances highlighting participants passion & talents. A truly heartwarming & rewarding experience for participants as well as audience members. Their performance for the 2014 Summer program is July 31, 2014, 6:30pm at Wesley Grant Community Center in Asheville, NC. (see flyer for details) The next performance in fall 2014 is The Nutcracker Sweeet at the Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center, Asheville, December 10 at 6:30pm. (see flyer for details)
- Green Thumb Community Garden – Started spring of 2009, in response to senior citizens desire to continue gardening, despite age & agility challenges. The garden is located in the backyard of the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville, and utilizes re-purposed dumpsters as ‘seriously-raised beds.’ Each year the garden is tended by folks of varied age, experience, & ability. The organic bounty is then shared equally by the gardeners, the Senior Nutrition program, Kids-at-Work cooking program, & other folks-in-need. Much growth takes place beyond the obvious edibles, there are friendships across ages, gardening expertise exchanged for energy & ability, recipes shared, along with pride in accomplishment and community. Garden art is also added each year.
- Kidz Express – brings youth & senior citizens together to explore creativity. Past groups have created performances, skits, parades, giant puppets, masks, & murals.
- Youth Video Projects – Utilizes today’s most influential medium to help youth learn to discern fact-from-fiction, advertising manipulation, as well as the impact of stereotyping & profiling. Then teaches the various aspects of video production to create their own thoughtful messages on what is important to them. Productions often surprise audiences with youth depth, insight, & production quality. Many of these productions won or placed in national film festivals, including Sundance youth category. One radio PSA, aired nationally on PBS radio.
- Women creative express –This program was co-created with participants to encourage self-trust & healing, honor individual voices often silenced, and develop alliances among women of varied background, age, and economics.
- Exploring a variety of expressive arts activities helps participants
- Recognize and appreciate their unique creative voice
- Building community to explore personal & social issues across lines of difference.”
- Ripples of Hope –an exhibition of art pieces reflecting on domestic violence/ rape/ sexual abuse, created by those affected by these tragedies. Local galleries show their support & sensitivity by displaying part of the collection along with information to educate & raise awareness. Call to create occurs in spring or fall each year, in collaboration with area agencies.
- Library DZ – Summer 2013, the Waynesville branch of Haywood County Library and the Daydreamz project partnered to bring a unique opportunity to local youth. Adventurous youth, ages 8-12 years old, explored their creativity, as well as their community. Participants of varied abilities & backgrounds engaged together in art, music, & drama activities, while discovering community-building, through an enchanting story of settling differences and creating World Peace.
- Mural Project – Current collaboration with Peace Jam youth group & friends of Open Door, to create a mural in the community garden behind center. The design was compiled of images gathered from participants during lunchtime visits. The mural will cover the metal storage container in backyard near the new garden area. See calendar for upcoming work sessions.