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Community Services – Sensory Exploration Arts (SEATM)

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Terence experiences shaving cream and food colouring for Community Services - SEATMCommunity Services – Sensory Exploration Arts (SEATM) was created in 2010 to promote and foster artistic expression among individuals with sensory impairments in a visual arts program. The initial concept of this project began after visiting SENSE Scotland in 2008 and observing the benefits and opportunities of their Arts and Wellbeing Program. Participants include clients of DeafBlind Ontario Services as well as other community agencies supporting individuals with physical, cognitive or sensory impairments.

This stimulating and collaborative program has exposed the benefits of sensory expression in individuals who may not have engaged or viewed themselves as an artist before. Artists explore and experience many themes through their senses; they are then given the opportunity to express their responses to these sensory experiences through visual art, music, drama and dance without direction. This program also includes the broader community through the inclusion of local artists who work with various art mediums. Pieces of art have also been selected to enter the International Helen Keller Awards, an open multi-media arts competition that explores perceptions of deafblindness across the world, hosted by SENSE.

The program is a powerful vehicle for communication, a way to artistically express what is inside the mind and spirit for those who have limited means of communication. Community Services – SEATM also exists as a fee-for-service program to interested community organizations and groups.


Community Services – SEATM Etsy Store

Select from a variety of one-of-a-kind framed and canvas paintings on our Etsy store. Proceeds go back to the artist and support the Community Services – SEATM program.

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Community Services – SEATM NOTECARDS

We have created beautiful notecards that feature works created by our Community Services – SEATM artists. Each pack of notecards contains a 12 blank cards featuring 6 different art work designs and 12 blank envelopes. Each note card has a description of the Community Services – SEATM program on the back, and features an outline of the exploration and art experience that took place for the making of that print. A pack of notecards is available for $15, proceeds support the Community Services – SEATM program.




Community Services – SEATM Classes

October 2019 Community Services – SEATM Outline – Get your Glow on!

Art Gallery of Peterborough – October 2, 2019 – classes offered at 11:00am and 1:00pm
North London Optimist Community Centre – October 7, 2019 – classes offered at 11:00am and 1:00pm
Woodstock Art Gallery – October 10, 2019 – classes offered at 11:00am and 1:00pm
Cambridge Centre for the Arts – October 17, 2019 – classes offered at 11:00am and 1:00pm
Barrie City Hall Rotunda – October 24, 2019 – class offered at 1:00pm
Newmarket Rec Youth Centre – October 25, 2019 – classes offered at 11:00am and 1:00pm

Looking for the perfect gift for someone with sensory loss? Purchase a Community Services – SEATM Gift Certificate! Gift certificates are available in 6 or 10 classes, and can be redeemed by the user any time throughout the year. Click the link to view the purchase form.

Register online for an upcoming Community Services – SEATM class near you. All registrations must be received at least 7 business days prior to the date of the scheduled class.

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