Arc launches micro enterprise, 'Beadwear'

The Belvidere Women’s Club Art Show was the venue for the launch of “Beadwear,” a micro enterprise developed to market handmade jewelry, home decor items and beaded accessories created by artists participating in The Arc’s Project Art Program. The goal of Project Art is to foster the creativity of people with developmental disabilities.

In January, a Project Art room was opened where people can come from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to work on their art projects. “The most popular project turned out to be beadwork,” explained Jacki Neil Boss, executive director. “Our participants and staff fell in love with the beautiful beads and started making beaded handle flatware, decorated glassware and jewelry.” Market research showed there is a market for unique fashion jewelry made with unusual imported glass beads. The Arc’s artists are particularly good at creating beautiful color combinations. Prices range from $3 to $25. Each artist receives a percentage of the gross sales, with the balance used to purchase supplies.

The Arc invites anyone interested in having a jewelry party at their home or office to call for details. The public is invited to visit The Arc offices at 400 N. First St., Rockford, IL 61107, call the office at 815-965-3455 or e-mail to find out more.

Anyone with a developmental disability is invited to participate in The Arc’s Project Art. This summer, artist Kim Orput is holding classes from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. Call Annie at 965-3455 to sign up.

From the Aug. 10-16, 2005, issue

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