The public is invited to Mobile ARC Open House on Thursday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. at Fred Delchamps Center, 2401 Gordon Smith Drive. Visitors can learn more about Mobile ARC, a non-profit that provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
While many know the artistic talents of these individuals from having attended one of the MarcArt shows at Azalea Manor, some may not be aware of other programs in which they participate.
For example, they make sleep mats from recycled grocery bags. The mats are given to First Christian Church on Stocking Street, which, in turn, gives them to the homeless who receive meals there. Pastor Lee Hixon said that these mats are far better than sleeping on concrete or on the ground.
Mobile ARC participants also volunteer with the Mobile Urban Growers, helping maintain the community gardens.
And one Mobile ARC client, Arthur Audry, grows herbs such as basil and sells them to local businesses and restaurants.
Back to their artistic talents: The Mobile ARC artists have created paintings for note cards, which are for $10 for a set of 8 cards.
Open House gives area citizens an opportunity to see what is available, and what is accomplished, by Marc ARC.