Our Educational Community Programs extend beyond the Silvermine campus. Silvermine partners with organizations including Creative Connections, STAR INC. and Silver Hill Hospital to bring transformative programs that inspire creativity, build community, promote education, and offer enjoyment.
Our programs provide curriculum-based arts education to children in under-resourced Norwalk and Stamford schools, as well as youth and adult programs that nourish the creative spirit of individuals with disabilities or mental health issues through collaborations with neighboring non-profits.
Art Partners, our Outreach Education Program offers free, curriculum based art classes in targeted urban schools in Norwalk and Stamford. In collaboration with classroom teachers and program directors, Art Partners’ Teaching Artists create effective, transformative educational experiences for under-resourced students. Workshops are designed to improve critical thinking, self-confidence, communication, collaboration, and literacy skills through joyful self-expression.
Funded through grants, foundations and private donations, Art Partners has served over 16,000 students since its' inception in 1992.
Silvermine recently launched a new “ArtAcademy” program in partnership with STAR, Inc. to benefit people with disabilities. STAR Inc. provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) living in Fairfield County with opportunities to live full lives with respect, independence, freedom of choice and personal growth. “ArtAcademy” taps into the transformative power of art to engage adults with I/DD in a variety of classes in an inclusive setting on our campus.
Professional art instruction encourages curiosity and builds skills and self-esteem. The program fosters not only artistic and social development—but also joy through art. Teaching Artists design the curriculum to encourage personal accomplishment and collaborative engagement with others as a team. ArtAcademy offers the resources and pathways for adults with I/DD to explore, develop, and share their talents—and perhaps even discover skills that might lead to career development.