Paparella Innovative Art Centre

  • Amateur Performance
  • Collage
  • Contemporary
  • Design
  • Film and TV
  • Interactive
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Performance Art
  • Textiles
The Paparella Innovative Art program started in 2008 as a pilot project and expanded to become a regular curriculum of Lawson Ministries Hamilton. The program, which runs four sessions per week with a total enrollment of 24 students. provides multi-faceted sensory stimulation while exposing students who experience Developmental Disabilities to a range of art media. Art processes focus on technique and free exploration.  While most of the students work independently on pieces, collaboration is also encouraged.  Artworks produced in class are proudly exhibited throughout the halls of the Salvation Army Lawson Ministries Autism Centre as well as marketed for sale to the general public at very affordable prices.  Several pieces were featured on covers of the Journal on Developmental Disabilities.

Program instructor Kamila Miszelska has pioneered the development and implementation of this innovative program.  Kamila’s love of art lead her to pursue her undergraduate degree in fine arts at McMaster University.  Her passion for bringing the love of creating art has benefited hundreds of aspiring artists with special needs. Kamila brings her passion for art to each and every class and teaches individuals to find their creative side and focus on art as a fun and meaningful exercise.

Paparella Innovative Art Centre (PIAC) has begun hosting quarterly art shows and sales at the centre, as well as other artistic events such as an annual Winterfest concert, open mics, which feature performances by participants in the program.

PIAC continues to create avenues for adults who experience Developmental Disabilities to create and showcase their art, in an accessible and welcoming space in central Hamilton.

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