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N&N: Stokes Opportunities Center Donates Artwork to Local Community Partner

MuralsThis month, three murals created by the people we support at Monarch’s Stokes Opportunity Center (SOC) were unveiled in Winston-Salem.

Now housed at The Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center, the murals feature three themes; life in the 50s, a solider serving his county and a Monarch butterfly.  

The partnership came about after Monarch Compensatory Education Instructor Kris Jonczak met with Cathy Long, vice president of the adult day center, to talk about how Monarch and the seniors could work together.

Long mentioned the seniors love artwork from the 50s and 60s, so participants at SOC started researching famous musicians and movie stars from those eras.

Jonczak said the participants were able to learn about icons from the past, listen to songs from that time and they even looked at different commercials from the 50s.

“They love anything new and exciting and, for them, this was new and exciting,” she said.

The murals were sketched by staff member Erica White. Then different SOC participants took turns at each mural helping to paint the sketches. They loved working together to bring them to life.

“Art brings people together. We all have gifts and this has allowed the students, along with the community, to see the gifts they all have. This uses their strengths not their limitations, and they feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when they donate to others,” Jonczak said.

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