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Opportunity Village Announces Lisa Clark as an Artist-In-Residence for its NOVA Initiative March 11, 2016 10:53

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, announces Lisa Clark as an Artist-In-Residence for the organization’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) initiative. Clark joins NOVA as a Mosaic Artist and Art Facilitator.

Based on the Creative Abundance Model, created by Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell, NOVA provides OVIPs flexibility to participate in a variety of activities that create a path to employment and earning wages, based on their individual talents and interests. Studios have been created at all four Opportunity Village campuses revolving around a culture focusing on choice and creative expression. OVIPs and staff have the opportunity to participate in this new initiative.

As an Art Facilitator, Clark will lead OVIPs to experience personal growth and insight by guiding them through the artistic process using projects that have been specifically designed to raise self-esteem, promote individual success, provide relaxation and encourage creativity. Under Clark’s leadership, OVIPs will design projects that foster inclusion, safe participation and provide choices that help the individuals develop a sense of personal identity by creating a lesson plan or project plan, clarifying supplies needed and then facilitating the project through its completion. 

Previously, Clark was a Community Training Specialist at Transition Services, Inc. where she worked with groups of adults with intellectual disabilities in work skill training and product development for handcrafted art items to be sold in the organization’s retail store, Studio 8 Ten. She was also a Volunteer Facilitator for various projects in Opportunity Village’s Fine Art Program. In 2009, Clark worked with adult artists and staff from the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment program to facilitate and design a large collaborative mural that was mounted on the wall at the original Opportunity Village Thrift Store location. During 2008, she worked with community artists and artists from the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment Program to create a collaborative art piece for the organization’s Contemporary Arts Center Collaborative Exhibition and Art Auction.

Clark is a published writer and is the author of Good Luck Charms and Protective Amulets: Their Meanings and Origins and Art Facilitation for Special Needs Populations, Cats After Dark Press, LLC, available for viewing on Amazon.com. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Services and Business Management from the University of Phoenix, attended the Art Center College of Design at the College of Southern Nevada, and also took Mosaic intensive classes in Italy and Turkey.


Opportunity Village Announces Michael Dodson as an Artist-In-Residence for NOVA Initiative February 10, 2016 10:40

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, announces Michael Dodson as an Artist-In-Residence for the organization’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) Initiative. Dodson joins the newly launched NOVA concept which assists OVIPs in discovering and exploring their individual creative expression at Opportunity Village’s Oakey Campus.

Based on the Creative Abundance Model, created by Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell, NOVA provides OVIPs flexibility to participate in a variety of activities that create a path to employment and earning wages, based on their individual talents and interests. NOVA studios have been created at all four Opportunity Village campuses revolving around a culture focusing on choice and creative expression. OVIPs and staff have the opportunity to participate in this new program.

“My passion for art and helping others enjoy life led me to my position here at Opportunity Village. I love seeing OVIPs excited about creating art and I hope to assist in further expanding the NOVA culture,” said Dodson.

Dodson is an accomplished local artist who is partnering with Opportunity Village to support, mentor and inspire OVIPs and Opportunity Village staff as they engage in the creative process. He is preparing the art studio, teaching basic drawing and painting, working on large-scale projects and assisting OVIPs in expressing themselves to create unique pieces of art based on their interests. Dodson has previously worked with several art galleries, auction houses, web-based art companies, print studios and has completed art commissions throughout Las Vegas. He is an expert in the practice of taking ideas and building them into physical, expressive pieces of art. Upon completing high school in Las Vegas, Dodson earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degrees in Contemporary and Modern Art History and History of the Art Market in New York before returning to Las Vegas.