Standing‐room‐only audiences inspired and entertained by the grittiest troupes of actors, singers and dancers to ever take the stage . . . original art created by talented artists hanging in galleries, homes & offices across Florida and beyond.
People with developmental disabilities painstakingly applying the principles of art each day; others rigorously rehearsing sophisticated choreography.
Artists and performers who may never before have had a social role seeing themselves as painters, sculptors, artists, or actors, singers or dancers. . . earning art commissions & performance fees . . . brimming with pride...
Still others with less perceived talent being exposed to the arts, gaining an appreciation for the arts, using art techniques to develop holistic life skills, talking for the first time, participating in group activities and projects, moving long dormant limbs, engaging in activities that have meaning for them.
Families talking with pride about their family members’ accomplishments . . . admiring art patrons seeing beyond the disability to see the ability.
This is the reality every day at Pyramid’s five Florida programs, in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Tallahassee and Tampa.
The arts program is a meaningful day for some . . . an epiphany for others.
Cypress Sound by Jonathan Crowley
Jonathan Crowley, a student at Pyramid Panama City, is an energetic artist whose usage of bright colors echoes his cheerful outlook. Much of his artwork centers on geometric shapes and objects – buildings, vehicles, and machinery. With a keen eye for color and line, Mr. Crowley’s work brings startling and delightful life to these inanimate objects. Cypress Sound, represents a stunning departure from his typical work. Though the original has sold, prints are available.
Betty Wells is a talented artist and the leading soloist in Pyramid Pensacola’s Show Choir. She is no stranger to the stage, with lead roles in productions of Cinderella, Oklahoma and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown among many others. She has performed in venues all over Florida, has guest starred in several sister-Pyramid productions and was even asked to sing the National Anthem at the American for Disabilities 25th anniversary celebration at the Florida Capitol. Ms. Wells is also a prolific painter who works in several mediums. Her favorite subjects are fish and scenes from the sea.