Achieva (Arc of Westmoreland)
Art is Good for You Foundation
Belle Vernon Middle School - LifeSkills Class
Cabaret Theater/Pleasing Paletes
Christ the Divine Teacher School
East Suburban Citizen Advocacy
Greater Latrobe Elementary School - LifeSkills Class
Loyalhanna Personal Care Center
Team Friends of Westmoreland - Greensburg Chapter
Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Champion of the Arts
EAST SUBURBAN CITIZEN ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION
Since 1988, East Suburban Citizen Advocacy (ESCA) has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities. ESCA networks to identify and support advocates who give a voice to the most vulnerable people with disabilities.
We focus on serving the unique needs of each individual. After spending time with a person and getting to know his or her needs, we look for individuals or groups in the community with the appropriate skills, interests, and qualities to be advocates. We introduce people to each other and provide ongoing support to the relationships. Our advocates represent the best interests of the person with the disability with as much vigor and concern as he or she would act on their own behalf.
Click here to read how ESCA and Art is Good merged.
PUZZLE ART PROJECT
The Puzzle Art Installation & Collaborative Project is a growing & traveling, group art exhibition that is known in over 30 states and 20 countries. Brooklyn Artist, Tim Kelly created this beautiful world wide masterpiece. The Puzzle Art Installation & Collaborative Project is proof that art is essential to life. You do not have to be an artist to participate, you just have to have something to say. Each piece is an individual story. Every story is different... like us. Currently, we have over 15,000 puzzle pieces.
In 2016, Gabi brought Tim Kelly's Puzzle Art Project to Latrobe Art Center to produce a 2,500 puzzle piece art exhibit in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, honoring the life and legacy of Mister Fred Rogers. By joining forces and realizing their unconditional love for art, the Art is Good Foundation was born.
Clelian Heights is a licensed, private, non-profit, educational, vocational, and residential facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities. It is owned and operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a community of women religious. Founded in 1961, Clelian Heights is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Education and Public Welfare.
The vision of Clelian Heights is to provide an atmosphere of choice and mutual acceptance, respect, and love that will make a lasting difference in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities.
Miss Gabi formed a partnership with Clelian Heights when she was introduced to ESCA's Art from the Heart Program in 2010. Kate Cala introduced Sister MariAlice to Gabi and an immediate bond was formed. Gabi continued to do monthly art lessons with the group at Latrobe Art Center for 7 years. Now Miss Gabi teaches them at the Clelian Heights School. This is one of Gabi's favorite times of the month!
CABARET THEATER, Latrobe, PA
The Cabaret Theater is a group of theatre practitioners who are passionate about becoming better and better at our craft. Under the Direction of Mr. John Carasella, he helps writers, directors, actors, designers, builders, electricians, decorators, singers, dancers, composers, choreographers, and technicians of every sort. This is John's passion. They take great pride in their love for theatre and even prouder of the fact that they are able to produce professional-quality productions while making a living in other areas.
Miss Gabi collided with John Carasella in 2015 when John bought the building across the street from the Latrobe Art Center. They were (and still are) going to transform it into a Cabaret Theater. However, so much work needed to be done to the building that construction took longer than anticipated. So Miss Gabi let the Cabaret Theater use the Latrobe Art Center space to produce their musicals and plays for a year and a half. It brought great joy to the downtown.
Currently, the Cabaret Theater is still experiencing issues with the building, however Gabi and John have partnered in providing "Imaginarium" a program that offers theater classes, workshops and camp year round for individuals of all abilities.
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER SCHOOL, LATROBE PA
Christ the Divine Teacher School, a Catholic educational facility, located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, is a consolidated school established in 1990, in the Diocese of Greensburg.
The school was formed through the merger of Holy Family, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Vincent Basilica parishes to create a united school community. Today, the school contains students from 19 different parishes, as well as students from other religious denominations. Local communities served include: Latrobe, Ligonier, Derry, Greensburg, Mount Pleasant, Champion, Blairsville, Acme, Saltsburg and Pleasant Unity. Christ the Divine Teacher School remains a vital and expanding elementary school in the four county Diocese of Greensburg.
For five years now, Miss Gabi volunteers and teaches their after school art club twice a month. She has approximately 50 students in the club and each month they create a different project. "We think out of the box and do projects that normally you wouldn't do in the classroom."
ART IS GOOD FOUNDATION
The Art is Good Foundation is powered by founders, Gabrielle Nastuck and Tim Kelly, who have dedicated their lives to art. Each has benefited from the power of creativity and wants to share it with the world. Currently, the Art is Good Foundation is a New York based Non-Profit Organization, waiting for approval of their 501 c3 Non-Profit Status. Until then, Tim Kelly continues to facilitate Art is Good Workshops Globally and run his successful graphic design business - Creative Seven, while Miss Gabi works on building the first Art is Good Studio satellite location in Latrobe, PA.
The Art is Good Foundation's has a GLOBAL vision for the art program. It's about “ART” AND “YOU.” and is ARTSOLUTELY GOOD FOR EVERYONE. Stay Tuned. . .the best is yet to come!!
WESTMORELAND INTERMEDIATE UNIT FOUNDATION - CHAMPION OF THE ARTS
The WIU Foundation has served as financial sponsor for the annual Champions of the Arts program, highlighting the artistic talents of students in special education classrooms throughout Westmoreland County. From 2010-2017 the program under the direction of Miss Gabi, was currently a collaboration with the Latrobe Art Center (LAC).
In 2010, Gabi was introduced to Mary Jane Betz, the current Director of Special Education for the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit. Mary Jane wanted Gabi to be the Head Chair the Champion of the Arts Program. Gabi agreed to chairing the program only if they would agree to have the exhibits at the Latrobe Art Center. Due to Miss Gabi's leadership and dedication, she revamped the program by having a secondary-level show in the fall and an elementary-age exhibit in the spring. An awards night/open reception is held to kick off each of the two exhibits. Fieldtrips were created for each district to bus their children into the Center to have an artful experience with Miss Gabi and to also see their work hanging on the walls. Champion of the Arts has become an amazing, empowering program for children and adults with special needs.