We are a community of, working in a Vocational Art Program as part of Vinfen Connecticut day services for individuals with intellectual and mental health conditions and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Vocational Arts Program provides specialized instruction in the areas of painting, mixed media, jewelry design, sculpture, paper & fiber arts, and creative photography. This program is unique and specialized in that concrete skill building is offered in a therapeutic milieu – unlike traditional vocational environments.

At its essence, our work is about discovering one’s creativity and potential through professional relationships. Implicit to the fabric of the program is the cultivation of an artist identity and a sense of belonging to a community of peers. Artists are encouraged to experiment with various techniques and materials to find what brings them joy and a feeling of accomplishment. It can be challenging for the artists to learn how to work together. Art Connection Studio’s, including an art therapist, create an environment where artists can form relationships, promote wellness, and build the skills necessary to improve employment outcomes and thrive in the community.

At the heart of our program is a belief that positive and nurturing relationships are a powerful agent for growth.