Thanks to a grant from OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) NYS, the East End Special Players started a new program this past January 2014, The Explorers Program, offered Thursday evenings from 4 to 7pm. During this workshop, people with learning disabilities are engaged in cooking classes, taught by chef Susan Blacklock. A nutritionist and vegan, Ms. Blacklock works with the participants in creating healthy and tasty dinners and desserts. Much care and education goes into a well balanced, healthy way of eating for one's diet and mental well being.Only Organic ingredients are used and this hands-on cooking class always turns out a delicious meal and dessert.
After dinner, the explorers are introduced to a visiting professional artist who comes prepared to explore the world of art, always using different mediums. Luckily the East End is full of incredible artists who have opened their studios to us as well. Students visiting their studios come away with a great experience. Interpretive Dance, Yoga, Poi, Meditation, and Zumba are highlights also of some of the workshops we have offered.
Educational field trips have been incorporated in this program as well as social dinners and recreational events. We have had the pleasure so far to visit East Hampton's Guild Hall art exhibition of Robert Motherwell, Southampton's Parrish Art Museum, The Watermill Center, The Southampton Cultural Center and Longhouse Reserve. Focusing on lively enrichment workshops, the Explorers Program has proven to be a stimulating and socially productive environment for our participants. For further information or to join please contact Jacqui Leader @ 631-678-7560