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Fine and Performing Arts Program

Fine and Performing Arts Program serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in music, dance, theatre and visual art. The program was designed to increase individual’s awareness of the arts, support their creative passions and supportive training. The program was also designed to promote self-expression, social interaction and the development of peer relationships. Participants have the opportunity to showcase their visual art work for exhibition and sale and to perform on the stage at Opportunity Village and community events throughout the year.


The Fine Art Program is a progressive visual arts program that encourages artists with intellectual and related disabilities to discover their artistic talents, refine their techniques or learn new ones through and individualized artistic process set in an open studio. In the studio, each artist maintains a professional studio practice as working artists, building a body of work for exhibition and sale. The program offers a wide variety of media including paper, canvas, wood panels, 2D and 3D projects with polymer clay, glass mosaics and fiber arts. Artists receive a commission for their works, if sold. The Fine Art Program is the largest, most progressive fine arts program available in Nevada.


The music program features a multitude of musical and performance opportunities, including a stage choir, and a performance band suitably named, The OVertones. Music Mentors utilize Orff, Suzuki, and Kodaly techniques in instruction.  Individual and group classes are offered.  Individual instruction includes Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocal and Drums.  Group classes include instruction in Percussion, Orff instruments, as well as traditional instruments.


The dance program introduces ballet, jazz, tap, creative movement, adaptive dance, hip hop, Zumba, and other traditional styles of dance. The program is not only an excellent form of artistic expression, but also creates great muscle strength, posture, balance, and provides a fun form of exercise. Individuals learn proper body alignment, balance, and technique while in a fun environment. Instruction on dance positions, basic steps, combinations, choreography and floor work are implemented in each class. Classes promote body and spatial awareness, teamwork, self-control and creativity.   


The theatre program offers training in various acting methods, character building, line memorization, script writing, improvisation and performance skills. Self-enrichment activities are taught to promote response, focus, memorization, eye contact and team building. Performance opportunities are provided to all participants in this program.