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The Philly Friendship Circle Celebrates the Power of Youth Collaboration during Art Show Sunday, January 6
January 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community members are invited to marvel at the power of friendship that will soon be on display.
Beautiful pieces of art created by youth with special needs and their teen and young adult buddies will be spotlighted, as The Philly Friendship Circle proudly hosts its annual art show and reception from 2-4:30 p.m.
The event will be held in the main building of Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, 272 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr. Pre-registration is recommended, though walk-ins will also be welcomed. Bring photo ID as per Barrack security measures.
The annual show celebrates the creativity and imagination of youth through mixed media expressions of Jewish tradition. Clay pottery, quilt work, paintings, beadwork and a host of other collaborative pieces will be featured in the exhibition.
The Philly Friendship Circle connects teens and young adults to youth with special needs and their families through a full range of social offerings. Inspired by the power of genuine friendships, the organization’s youth cultivate understanding, kindness and responsibility while ensuring a caring and inclusive community.
The annual art showcase is sponsored by Bear Givers, which, through its empower art program, enables children with special needs to give back to their community through meaningful artistic contributions, instilling in them a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
Many of the pieces that will be on display were created at The Philly Friendship Circle’s art studio held during its Sunday Circle programs, under the guidance of art director Becki Narli. Guest mentor artists led a variety of workshops on the different art styles showcased. To include as many talented artists in the show as possible, Friends at Home pairs were also invited to submit their artwork.
“This year, more than ever, I saw amazing volunteers really invested in making art with their buddies,” Narli said. “I saw volunteers use techniques for buddy engagement on a level I had never seen.”
The art studio and preparation for the show provides an opportunity for The Philly Friendship Circle youth to bond with each other while also learning new skills. It is one of the truest examples of the organization’s commitment to cultivating an inclusive community, where participants are understood and accepted for who they are. Offering a variety of mixed media options has broadened the horizons of the artistic abilities on display and given participants the opportunity to find a unique project where they can channel their individual perspectives and create pieces that speak to them.
Narli highlighted the fact that every piece in the show is a product of relationships of friends working closely as a team “That’s a first for me,” she said. “I really care that everyone tries to make art, but that’s not the point. It’s not for me or even the show. It’s for the relationship. We bond over art projects. We start with materials and two people working together. And in that 20 minutes of teamwork, art is made. Amazing!”
For more information about the event, visit PhillyFriendshipCircle.com
About Friendship Circle
Originally founded by Lubavitch House in 2004, the organization serves families, children, and teens in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware Counties. The Friendship Circle Philadelphia Region South connects teens and young adults to youth with special needs and their families, offering a full range of Jewish and social experiences. Together, they develop friendships while enjoying creative arts group activities, Jewish holiday celebrations, weekly playdates and more. These mutually rewarding relationships foster the development of a caring, supportive community. For more information, visit phillyfriendship.com