"At AMA, I can be creative with friends and family!" Jordan Rinker
Jordan, Spencer and Karter are siblings who love to come to Awakening Minds Art and paint together. They have been coming for six years. Their mother, Crystal, originally was looking for a place to “Paint and Partake". Once on the AMA website she saw possible opportunities for her oldest daughter Jordan, who has Cerebral Palsy. She also saw it as a place where all three of her girls could do an activity together and all be on the same “playing field. They are a great trio. They support each other and are very patient with each other.” “Most of the time, “ Crystal clarifies.
Crystal explains that all three girls get to tap into their creative side. For Jordan, it has specifically improved her fine motor skills. She has progressed from “hand over hand” painting to doing all the painting completely herself.
It helps all three sisters to be focused and attentive as they love art. Their masterpieces are on the walls of the Rinker home and kept in binders so as to flip thru and see the over time progress.
“Although the brain injury that causes Cerebral Palsy cannot be healed, the resulting physical impairments can be managed with treatments and therapies. Jordan loves art, and AMA provides an alternative to traditional therapies. AMA has given her more confidence and a special place to be creative.” Crystal Rinker
Crystal, who is a board member of AMA and has worked very hard on the new building project, is very excited about many aspects of the new building. It has great accessibility allowing Jordan to navigate with her walker or wheelchair. There is close parking access in the back. A key point Crystal emphasized was the security of the new building. You must be let in AND out of the new building which is key to students to have a tendency to wander off.