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First Annual Holiday Giving Tree

Tis’ the Season Help Make the Holidays Bright for an Adult who is Blind or Visually Impaired

residents around the Christmas tree

Friedman Place announces its first annual Giving Tree for its 85 adult residents who are blind or visually impaired. All residents are either in poverty or have very low income and most residents have, on average, 5 health concerns other than blindness. Your gift would mean so much to them at this time of year.

Friedman Place staff and social work interns have asked residents for a gift ideas and most items cost $25 or less such as: pajamas, sweaters, blankets, slippers or gift cards to stores like Walmart or Target.  These everyday items are small luxuries that they cannot afford to buy for themselves.

Gift tags with the residents’ wishes will be hung on a tree in the Friedman Place lobby beginning on Wednesday, November 15th. You may stop by any day of the week: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or on Saturdays or Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We ask that you please return the purchased items wrapped and with the tag attached by Monday, December 10, 2018. If you are unable to come in or would just like to sponsor a gift, call Kathy Gregg at 773-989-9800 to arrange. We will have a gift exchange shortly thereafter. For many this may be their only gift.  We hope you will help make this holiday special for one of our residents.



If you or your group would like to learn more about making a Giving Tree donation please contact:

Kathy Gregg 773-989-9800, Kathy.Gregg@friedmanplace.org

If you or your group would like to help organize or participate in the gift exchange please contact:

Beth Elman @ 773-989-9800 or beth@friedmanplace.org

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Celebrating the Arts 2018

Celebrating the Arts at Friedman Place was a resounding success! Thank you to all of the artists who contributed their art work for display and to everyone who came out to celebrate opening night with us on Tuesday, October 16! If you were unable to make it to opening night, the exhibition continues to be open to the public every day from 9:00am – 6:0opm through October 31, 2018.

Masks by Friedman Place Residents, "Friedman Place Family Tribe"

“Friedman Place Family Tribe” by Friedman Place residents

The art work exhibited in Celebrating the Arts at Friedman Place is related to vision, blindness, or disability. Several of our residents submitted artwork – projects were made in our therapeutic weaving program and crafts put on by our activities department. Some of our residents work on art in their rooms from painting to clay sculpting. Pictured are three masks that are part of a collection of masks created by a few of our residents for a collective piece titled Friedman Place Family Tribe. Many of the woven pieces displayed will be for sale along with many other pieces at our upcoming weaving sale on Saturday, November 17, 2018!

Resident touching painting

“Lou’s Lament” by James E. Williams

Several artists in the community submitted art for exhibition. Sally Cooper (who is blind) and Robert Pogtetz submitted Babylonian Braille which drives thought about civilization and communication before the alphabet as we know it was formed. Their art uses tactile items to signify a river, a tribe, etc. rather than works. Artist James E. Williams keeps accessibility to those who are blind or visually impaired in mind when he does his paintings by creating a variety of hills and valleys, smoothness and roughness with the paint. Phrases such as, “Don’t touch the art!” are not in his vocabulary and he invited our residents to interact with his paintings by touching them.

"Never Enough Love" by Susan Dickman

“Never Enough Love” by Susan Dickman

Susan Dickman, became fascinated by Braille when she first began studying to become an educator for the visually impaired and explores it by playing around with size and pop art color in her art such as this one titled Never Enough Love. “Braille creates literacy, bonds, and connection with the world” she said.




Community Woven Tapestries

Community Woven Tapestries

We were also excited to debut our community woven tapestries: My Mind’s Eye Sees What My Regular Eye Cannot. This is a project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Residents and staff in our therapeutic weaving program teamed up with artist and educator, John Paul Morabito, to collaborate and create woven tapestries that explore color and the experience those who are blind or visually impaired have with it.

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