Monarch day program visited by local artist spreading good cheer and creativity
Ben Watford, a talented local artist and Fairfield Harbor resident, spent a recent morning painting with participants at Monarch’s Health Drive day program in New Bern. Watford shared donated pieces of bisque collected by his friend, the late Gloria Morello, with some of the people supported at the Monarch day program, which provides support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
As part of the Community Artist Will Inc. (CAW), a nonprofit that Watford and several fellow artists established, he and other volunteers visit local community centers and assisted living and nursing facilities throughout Craven County in an effort to expose people to the arts and to spread goodwill. Through the CAW, Watford and others deliver the bisque for residents to choose and decorate as well as provide paint, brushes, cups for water and all other needed materials for a fun session of painting. Watford visited the Health Drive day program following an invitation from John Smith, a developmental specialist at Monarch.
Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826.
Above photos: Lucy flashes a big smile while painting her piece and Artist Ben Watford assists Wilda Banks with her chosen bisque (as James Jones looks on in the background).