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Updated: September 14, 2022 @ 12:29 am
The Arc Achievement Program for Lincoln County is partnering with Spinning Sands artist Karen Chalmers for a sand art event on Thursday, Sept. 15, for area adults with disabilities. Though Chalmers usually creates her designs like the mandala shown near Seal Rock, Thursday’s event will be held at the Nye Beach turnaround.

The Arc Achievement Program for Lincoln County is partnering with Spinning Sands artist Karen Chalmers for a sand art event on Thursday, Sept. 15, for area adults with disabilities. Though Chalmers usually creates her designs like the mandala shown near Seal Rock, Thursday’s event will be held at the Nye Beach turnaround.
A Lincoln County organization is partnering with an area artist for a sand art event designed for people with disabilities.
Nikki Holland, The Arc Achievement Program coordinator for Lincoln County, said the goal of the event is to get people with intellectual and developmental disabilities back out in the community after being isolated for so long due to the COVID pandemic.
“We want people to socialize and feel accomplished,” Holland said. “Having them help be part of this process and teaching them how to access things on their own and advocating for themselves is our priority.”
Spinning Sands artist Karen Chalmers will guide the group to make a large mandala in the sand on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Nye Beach turnaround from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants do not have to stay the entire time and can create as much, or as little as they would like. Chalmer’s only rule is that participants can’t trample on anyone else’s artwork. “We want them to have this great zen-like experience,” Chalmers said. “Raking (the act of moving the sand into a pattern) tends to create this peaceful, blissful atmosphere for everyone participating. This group will have a spectacular event.”
An electric, beach friendly, all-terrain wheelchair loaned from David’s Chair in Tigard will be available, as well as a big-wheeled, manual beach wheelchair on loan from the Newport 60+ Activity Center.
Chalmers said she is honored, delighted and awed to be part of the event. “To bring joy to others is incredible,” she said. “Spinning Sands makes people feel great. Whatever happens, I can’t see how it won’t be fabulous.”
The sand art event is open to adults with disabilities and their family and friends. Holland requests that anyone wanting to participate RSVP by emailing her at nholland@arcbenton.org or calling 541-602-9248.
Since Arc Benton expanded into Lincoln County in July, Holland has been focused on outdoor activities in community parks, creating art and crafts, and providing social opportunities for The Arc members to get to know each other. When fall hits, they will expand into a bigger array of activities and community events.
As the new director of The Arc Achievement Program, Holland’s next step is finding ADA accessible indoor facilities they can use and finding volunteers. “It’s a great place for people to volunteer even if it’s just an hour a month,” she said, adding that any adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities who would like to become a part of The Arc should contact her.
Holland said the organization is participant driven, and they will try to make every request a reality. “Some want a walking peer group, a game night, or a LEGO club. “We ask them what it is they want to do and develop that with them,” Holland said. “It’s a fun way to brainstorm with them on how they want the program to look.”
About Arc Benton County
The Arc of Benton County is a 501c3 local chapter of The Arc U.S., the nation’s largest advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
In July, The Arc of Benton County expanded its services into Lincoln County. The first step in this expansion is developing The Arc Achievement Program of Lincoln County. The Arc Achievement Program provides advocacy and programs to support the full inclusion of people with IDD in their community. The Arc envisions a fully inclusive community where people with IDD can reach their highest potential. The Arc programs foster personal growth, increase self-determination and confidence, increase important social, cognitive and emotional skills, offer friendship opportunities, build a community of access and accommodations.
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