Art Created Through Therapy Decorates Bloomington

Stone Belt’s Art and Craft program goes beyond occupational therapy. WFIU’s Yaël Ksander learned more about a program that is right at the heart of the agency’s mission to prepare, empower and support individuals with developmental disabilities, allowing them to participate fully in the life of the community.

Distinctive visual imagery keeps turning up throughout Bloomington. Boldly-outlined, iconic figures, on richly-decorated or brightly-colored surfaces grace the gates to the new playground at Bryan Park, as well as WTIU’s Friday Zone set, and, in three dimensional form, the B-line Trail. On a smaller scale, mixed-media mosaics by the artists of Stone Belt are getting increasing exposure in local galleries and restaurants.

Yaël Ksander

WFIU's Arts Desk Editor, Yaël seeks out and shepherds the stories of artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people. In addition, Yaël co-hosts A Moment of Science, writes essays for A Moment of Indiana History, produces Speak Your Mind (WFIU's guest editorial segment), hosts music and news hours throughout the week, and lends her voice to everything from accounting courses to nature documentaries. Yaël holds a MFA in painting from Indiana University, an MA in art history from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied languages and literature.

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