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FINE ART MIRACLES

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors

Location

3307 SHADY AVENUE EXTPITTSBURGH, PA 15217 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Fine Art Miracles, Inc. has a mission to bring the cognitive, social and emotional benefits of Fine Art Lessons, Art Therapy, Dance & Movement Therapy, Music Therapy, Multi-Sensory Sessions and PEERbots: Social Robot Enhanced Learning, to children and adults, with a special emphasis on serving those struggling with intellectual, developmental, emotional, social and economic challenges. FAM works with all levels of capabilities, providing opportunities for growth through creative expression and various therapies--very effective for early learners and the elderly; particularly those with challenges.

Description

FAM's​ ​greatest​ ​accomplishment​ ​has​ ​been​ ​expanding​ ​services, coverage​ ​area​ ​and​ ​served​ ​populations; enhancing​ ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​increasing​ ​numbers of​ ​people​ ​with​ ​challenges.​ ​​​Since 2017, we’ve grown ​our​ ​service​ population ​from​ ​600​ ​people per​ ​year​​ ​to​ ​serving​ ​more​ ​than​ ​6,000​ ​people​ ​annually,​ ​to​ ​date.

​In​ ​2013,​ ​FAM​ ​had ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Carnegie​ ​Mellon​ ​Robotics Institute,​ ​the​ ​world’s​ ​#1​ ​rated​ ​robotics​ ​program,​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​the​ ​known​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​social ​robotics​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​laboratory​ ​to​ ​the​ ​general​ ​public.​ ​Together​ ​we​ ​provided​ ​an advanced​ ​behavioral​ ​intervention,​ ​combining​ ​a​ ​social​ ​peer​ ​agent ​with​ ​a​ ​series of​ ​art​ ​therapy​ ​sessions​ ​for​ ​children​ ​on​ ​the​ ​autism​ ​spectrum,​ ​supporting​ ​their​ ​growth​ ​in ways​ ​otherwise​ ​difficult​ ​to​ ​achieve.​

After​ ​years​ ​of​ ​experience​ ​working with​ ​people​ ​who​ ​struggle​ ​with​ ​Alzheimer's​ ​disease,​ ​FAM​ ​recognized​ ​that​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​pull​ ​them​ ​back​ ​into​ ​our​ ​world​ ​to​ ​do something​ ​that​ ​makes​ ​sense​ ​to​ ​us,​ ​we​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​way​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​their​ ​world​ ​and journey​ ​with​ ​them​ ​​where​ ​they​ ​are.​ ​This​ ​inspired​ ​research​ ​and​ ​discussion​ ​leading​ ​to​ ​the FAM Multi-Sensory​ ​Program.

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