June 2017 - Save Medicaid, Growing Fantasies, and More!
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It's About Life, Not Limitations.

Save Medicaid!

On June 6, advocates from across the state -- including The Enrichment Center's Executive Director, Valerie Vizena, and Program Director, Julie Wood -- participated in a pop-up rally to bring awareness to the proposed federal budget that would decimate Medicaid. Hosted by The Arc of NC and the NC Council of Community Programs, it was a great opportunity for advocates to show their support for protecting Medicaid.

Previously, on May 23, The Arc reported that the Trump Administration released its first ten year budget proposal, and the numbers are devastating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. On top of the more than $800 billion in Medicaid cuts already approved by the House of Representatives, the Trump Administration is planning for $610 billion in cuts to Medicaid; $72.4 billion in cuts to Social Security’s disability programs; and hundreds of billions more in cuts to other effective federal programs that are vital to people with I/DD.

“Where we invest our federal dollars is a measure of our values as a nation," said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc. "Today the Trump Administration showed its cards, and, coupled with the devastating Medicaid cuts already approved by the House of Representatives in the health care bill, the deck is stacked against people with disabilities."

For more information and to learn how you can help, please visit The Arc of NC's policy blog

Fantastic Opening for GROWING FANTASIES

We had a fantastic night at Gateway Gallery for the opening of GROWING FANTASIES! Special thanks to our guest artist -- Derek Cernak, Animation Director at Out of Our Minds Animation Studios

Growing Fantasies showcases original sculptures created using Broken Egg Wall Sculptures provided by our longtime supporter, the Phillips Collection. Accompanying the sculptures is a series of fantastical digital photographs. Many of the pieces in this show were previewed in the International Buyers Center at the spring High Point Market.

Check out our photo album here. Better yet, come by Gateway Gallery and see the show in person!

Growing Fantasies will be on display through July 21.

Save the Date 
Opening July 28
at Gateway Gallery
Gateway Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm, and by appointment.
For more information call 336.837.6826.
The Artists of Gateway Studios Present: COLOR YOUR LIFE
Friday, June 16 | 5-7pm
The Keener Gallery

Please join us for the opening reception of COLOR YOUR LIFE, featuring a significant body of work by the Artists of Gateway Studios. This exhibit is sponsored by Allegacy Federal Credit Union, and is showcased in the W.K. "Ike" Keener Art Gallery at Allegacy's headquarters in Winston-Salem -- 1691 Westbrook Plaze Drive.

Refreshments will be provided by The Enrichment Center's Culinary Arts students.

Color Your Life will be on display through July 31.
EC Stars Win Gold

Congratulations to the EC Stars Cheerleading squad, who took home the gold medal this month at the North Carolina Special Olympics Summer Games in Raleigh. This big win comes on the heels of their championship performance in Myrtle Beach earlier this spring. Special thanks to Gina Miller, Development Director, for coaching and coordinating this award-winning Special Olympics team. Go EC Stars!
Welcome Erica

We're pleased to introduce Erica White, our new Visual Arts Instructor! Erica is from King, NC, where she grew up among a family of artists. She has a Fine Arts degree from Winston-Salem State University, and most recently taught an arts-based curriculum to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through Forsyth Technical Community College. Welcome to The Enrichment Center family, Erica!
Paris is a Work of Art

Our wonderful therapy dog, Paris, was featured in an original photograph by student artist Tim Befus for the Growing Fantasies show. Paris and her trainer, Nancy Gunzenhauser, volunteer weekly at The Enrichment Center. We LOVE their visits! Paris is certified by Therapy Dogs International

Thank you Nancy and Paris!

Super Hero Roy 

Our volunteer "super hero," Roy Bankston, was recently honored with a special reception at The Enrichment Center. We're so grateful for his support -- Roy has been framing our student artwork regularly for more than a decade! Thank you, Roy!
We’re always in need of caring, enthusiastic individuals to assist our instructors and provide other valuable help at The Enrichment Center. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, we'd love to talk with you! For more information visit here.
Oh Say Can You See...

The Enrichment Center's Vocal Ensemble, led by Voice Instructor Amy Wiard, sang a stirring rendition of the national anthem to open the Winston-Salem Dash home game on May 11. Check out the coverage by WGHP Fox 8 here.
Community Calendar

2017 Accessible Festival
"80's Block Party"
Presented by Winston-Salem Transit Authority
Friday, July 14 | 9am-3pm
Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fairground

Wings for All
Presented by four chapters of The Arc of NC
Saturday, October 28 | 9am
Piedmont Triad International Airport
Registration opens 9/12 | More info coming soon!
The Enrichment Center will be closed on
Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday.
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Our Donors Brighten Lives!

Thank you for joining us in the belief that EVERYONE in our community, regardless of perceived abilities or disabilities, deserves to live a GREAT life -- the BEST life possible!

Because of you, The Enrichment Center is able to provide the extra help needed to enrich and empower the lives of nearly 200 adults living with intellectual and development disabilities, enabling them to grow as individuals, live with dignity and have choices in how they fulfill their lives.
It's about life, not limitations.


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