Art with Care is meant to serve the needs of both children and adults with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities that simply want a fun environment by which to enjoy the many styles of art, build self-esteem, get exercise and meet new friends.

  • Adults with Disabilities
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Children with Anxiety / Shyness
  • Weekday/Weekend Classes
  • Vacation Classes
  • Festivals

‘Art with Care’ is an outreach program whereby painting, coloring, drawing (CREATING!) are provided so that children with special needs or anxiety and adults with disabilities can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art on a weekly basis.

The program offers a recreational, leisure approach to and one-on-one assistance is available to those who need it. While it does serve children with mental and physical disabilities, the program also welcomes children who don’t have a medically diagnosed condition. Some artists are just shy or have anxiety being in a structured art program.

‘Art with Care’ also encompasses a program for adults with disabilities – something that makes it very unique. “A lot of these adults have one form of (weekly) activity and this allows them to have another activity,” said Zach Rocha, director of Sidekick Illustrations. “They get to interact with other adults and they get to create; something that provides a great sense of self-worth.”

Our professional teachers and ability-appropriate training plans enhance artists both technically and tactically, while ensuring the most important aspect: FUN! Thousands of artists have boosted their self-esteem and interacted with their peers from their community thanks to these classes. Quality of life increases exponentially on a weekly basis.

Additionally, we have successfully been a part of Special Olympics events, keeping in mind that the primary focus of a successful meet is to promote the joy and fun of activities and to offer a safe venue for artists to express themselves and develop their skills. We believe that the benefits of organized arts and crafts are numerous and it is our mission to provide all artists with opportunities.

Sidekick Illustrations is a New England Art Therapy Association professional member.