GHS students create winning posters for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Posters by six Gloversville High School students were chosen as winning entries in this year’s “Rock for Abilities” poster contest sponsored by the ARC at Lexington.

Image of winning poster by Gloversville High School student Harmony PhiloStudents in Ms. Laubscher’s Graphic Arts class entered artwork in the poster contest, which celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. The theme of the contest “Together We Have No Limits,” is meant to raise public awareness of the importance of equality in our society. All Fulton County students from elementary through high school were invited to submit art that celebrates equality and differing abilities.

Poster contest winners received a pair of tickets to the Rock for Abilities Concert, where they were recognized publicly. They also received a gift basket and had an opportunity to meet the members of Flame, Lexington’s world-famous rock band featuring musicians who refuse to let their disabilities be a barrier to success.

Image of winning poster by Gloversville High School student Jacob Grant

Winning posters remain on display at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in the Flame recording studio through April 25.

Congratulations to the following GHS art students whose posters were selected as winning entries.

9th-10th grade division:

Isabella Durrin- 1st place

Savannah Lamont- 2nd place

Kimi Hastings and Lyla Kelly- 3rd place tie

11th-12th grade division:

Michelle Millett- 1st place (bottom right)

Harmony Philo- 2nd place (top right)

Jacob Grant- 3rd place (middle)

Image of winning poster by Gloversville High School student Michelle MillettMore about Lexington ARC and Flame

The Lexington ARC provides services and supports in Fulton and Albany counties to approximately 1,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, mental illness, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, epilepsy and traumatic brain injuries.

Flame is Lexington’s world-famous rock band, a group of musicians who refuse to let their disabilities be a barrier to success. Flame performs more than 70 times per year, touring the country in a custom bus. Flame has been featured on several television shows, including Good Morning America, and in publications such as People magazine. They have performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio; New York’s Apollo Theater; Harvard Law School; the Parthenon in Athens, Greece; and the 2009 Special Olympics.

More about the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts provides classes, entertainment, exhibitions, special events and a creative education resource for people of all ages and abilities. It is committed to offering accessible art programs for adults and children with developmental and physical differences. The arts center is the home base of the band, Flame.

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