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Learning Arts Center

Mission Statement:

The mission of Learning Arts Center is to identify and provide quality health and life skills education for both children and adults, helping them to achieve their full potential.

We address educational needs of children and adults with special needs, as well as provide ongoing support for family members.

We work in the spirit of cooperation with other community health and educational providers to better meet community needs.

We foster volunteer opportunities to strengthen community involvement, support, and mutual understanding.

We will primarily be focused on programming activities for adults and children with special needs, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, and ADD. This programming is a community effort, and many accomplished community members are investing a lot of time and effort into the development of these programs.

Learning Arts Center offers:

  • Programs for children and adults with Down Syndrome, Autism, ADD, and other special needs
  • Programs for Dementia-related illnesses
  • Family support programs
  • Community Education Programs
  • Lyme Disease Support Group for Young Adults
  • Suicide Loss Support Group
  • Complimentary Hypnosis Meditation Sessions

And more!

Learning Arts Center Summer Schedule

Learning Arts Center has been very busy during our recent "hiatus" preparing for a great summer schedule! During the month of June, we will continue with online programs for music, crafts, and family support. In July and August we are hoping to resume in-house programming and small social activities. Ruth Johnston, Program Coordinator for Learning Arts, has been working diligently to post events on social media, and she is now putting together our first-ever Learning Arts Center newsletter for publication June 1. Ruth has also developed a volunteer training program and is working with community groups to foster further training and support activities. Learning Arts serves children and adults with special needs and also focuses on dementia support and education. Services for these groups are presented free of charge.

For more information, follow us on social media or visit the Learning Arts tab on healingartsvalpo.com. You may also call us at 219-510-5623.

Special Needs Programming

Learning Arts Center has teamed with One for Everyone to provide programs and activities for children and adults with special needs, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, and ADD/ADHD. This programming is a community effort, and many accomplished community members have invested a lot of time and effort into the development and ongoing operation of these programs.

One for Everyone began in 2013 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supplying adaptive playground equipment in the Northwest Indiana region so that all children could play together. It was founded in memory of a mother, Bridget Hatala Pozzo, whose daughter Polly has special needs. One for Everyone's mission has now expanded to focus on after-school programming, tutoring, and socialization for those with special needs, as well as providing much needed support services for family members.

Programs for children and adults with special needs, as well as family member support classes, are presented free of charge or by donation only.

Programs for Dementia Support

Learning Arts Center also provides planned activities for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as support and educational programs for family members and caregivers. These programs are presented in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Indiana Chapter.

The third Monday of every month a Caregiver Support Group meeting is held at Learning Arts Center from 1-2:30 pm. At the same time, and in a different area of the Center, planned socialization activities are provided for persons with dementia. Those programs will include a variety of offerings, such as music, crafts, light physical exercise, light snacks, etc.

On the fourth Thursday of each month, an education program is offered to families and caregivers from 1-2:30 pm. Programs vary and will include topics such as responding to dementia behaviors, effective communication strategies, legal and financial concerns, and methods of stress relief. While these programs are presented, planned activities will again be provided for persons with dementia in a separate area of the Center.

The programs are all presented free of charge or by donation only.

Lyme Support Group for Young Adults

2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 pm

Lyme Disease affects more than 400,000 a year. Many people who have it don't know how to combat it properly. They also may feel alone and scared. Being a young adult comes with its own challenges. Battling chronic Lyme disease on top of that is a hard journey that most people don't understand. Come where there is understanding.

This self-directed group provides the opportunity to connect with other young adults who are healing and recovering from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
It provides the opportunity to be in a supportive judgment-free zone where you can be heard, be understood, listen to other's experiences, support others, offer shared understanding…finally you are not alone.

Be with people who are also recovering from Lyme and all that comes and goes with it.

Presented free of charge or by donation only.

Suicide Loss Support Group: Beyond Surviving

First Wednesday of Every Month 4:30-6:00 PM

You may struggle with the "why". You may feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your feelings. You may worry that others may blame you. You need not grieve alone.

The death of a loved one by suicide presents unique challenges in grieving. There is often more shock, a greater sense of injustice, more guilt and blame, and a heightened sense of helplessness. These all tend to complicate the healing process for survivors.

There is a safe place in our community for survivors (families and loved ones of suicide victims) to share their loss with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.

Trained facilitators, also survivors of suicide themselves, will guide and hold space for the group. This group is open to all adult survivors of suicide.

If you or someone you know has experienced a loss by suicide and would like more information about this free service, please call Stacey Garcelon, M.Ed, NCC, at the Healing Arts Center at (219) 510-5623.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for any of our programs, we welcome your participation!
Please contact our Learning Arts Center Program Coordinator, Ruth Johnston, below.

Ruth Johnston, M.Ed.

Learning Arts Center is proud to have Ruth as Program Coordinator. Ruth taught in the education department of Valparaiso University for 19 years and was a school educator prior to that. She comes with a wealth of experience and is motivated to help make Learning Arts Center the best it can be!

To contact Ruth, phone 219-299- 3489 or email her at learningartscenter@gmail.com.

Classroom & Meeting Space Available

We encourage community members and organizations needing space for meetings and presentations to contact Learning Arts Center for availability.

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We thank all community members who have worked so diligently to make the Learning Arts Center a reality. We look forward to serving you all for many years to come!