Kephart was able to talk about how the Envision Arts Gallery and art classes through Envision can help people who are blind or visually impaired to feel empowered and can help improve quality of life. Christenson spoke about the impact Envision programs can have on people who are blind or visually impaired, and how these programs allow people to feel a sense of community and belonging.
Erica Johnson, an Envision Arts artist and program participant who is visually impaired, was also able to tell the audience her personal experiences with Envision, and how Envision programs and services have helped her thrive in life.
“If I could sum up in Envision in one word, it would be ‘lifesaving,’” said Johnson. “I was diagnosed with a lifethreatening illness, a rare blood cancer that is treatable, but not curable, but finding out and experiencing that I had vision loss was much worse for me than finding out about my illness. I was in the professional world and very independent, and losing my vision made me feel like I had lost my self-identity. Envision programs and services have given me my independence back. They have saved my life.”
“Senior Wednesday at the Wichita Art Museum draws an audience that can benefit from learning about programs at Envision. By sharing about creative self-expression offered in the Envision Arts Program or how one can improve their overall well-being by attending our Adult Support Groups, we share the mission of Envision. We are always looking for strategic ways to share our mission through outreach efforts, and together, we can envision the possibilities of a stronger and healthier community with equal access to community resources and programming for all.” -Sarah Kephart, Envision Arts Manager.