SoCCA's All Access Arts Program
‘Changing Lives Thru Creativity’
From its humble beginnings at the Arc of Southington in 2015, the SoCCA All Access program has blossomed into a thriving multi faceted program that works with more than 50 individuals every week. Our fun interactive art related sessions, taught by professional art instructors, are designed to connect adults with intellectual disabilities with their community, provide creative skills training, produce meaningful income and most importantly enhance quality of life through the creative process.
Our diverse curriculum includes fine art, fabric, surface design and collage. Our artisans weave, paint, create with clay and more. We invite you to visit our gift shop where much of their work is for sale. Stay tuned as we are in the process of making their work available on the website.
Lauri MacLean, All Access Director, along with her passion and enthusiasm, brings her successful track record of arts administration and business expertise to SoCCA. A celebrated dance innovator with more than twenty years’ experience at the helm of her own dance studio, she is recognized in the regional creative community for her significant contribution to the field as both an artist and educator. Articulate, committed and energetic in all her roles, she has consistently dedicated herself to making the arts accessible to people from all walks of life with all abilities. Hall Neighborhood House, Regional Center for the Arts and URU The Right to Be, Inc. are some of the non-profits that have benefitted from her vision. Lauri is eager to implement the All Access mission of SoCCA; to provide holistic, integrative arts programs, utilizing a best practices curriculum to target the physical, spiritual and financial needs of SoCCA students.
James Brunelle, Jr, All Access Assistant Director has administrative employment history working with regional non-profit art centers, museums, public and private schools in outreach education, administrative program coordination, and studio management. He’s received graft funding for individual fellowships, implemented partnership projects through NEA funded programs, and has received awards for his works in ceramics, printing and painting from museums, arts organizations and art festivals. He has completed studio work within Artist Residencies at English Harbour Arts Centre, English Harbour, NL, and Billings Forge Community Works, Hartford, CT. James also continues ongoing professional associations with Gordon Fine Arts Gallery, Stamford, CT, contracts preparatory and auction work with Trinity International Auctions, Avon, CT, and is an active Board Member and Studio Manager with Art League New Britain, New Britain, CT.