|CREATABILTY EXPO: MONTREAL’S SPECIAL NEEDS ARTISAN MARKET|
MONTREAL, MAY 10, 2016 – The second edition of Montreal’s only Special Needs Artisan Market CREATABILITY EXPO will take place on Friday, May 13 (10 am to 9 pm) at Peter Hall School (840, Boul. Côte-Vertu) in Saint-Laurent.
The Creatability Expo is a unique event that showcases two complimentary types of vendors: creative professionals with special needs selling their handmade creations and organizations that support employment / vocational training for people with special needs. The mission of Creatability is to encourage the integration of people with special needs into productive roles in our communities.
The Creatability Expo is a juried artisan market and employability expo that will showcase 30 vendors, (more than doubling last year’s number) including solo artists Heidi Vormer (Remrov), who has autism and creates stunning hyper photorealistic drawings, Kirk Davidson, a young yet talented painter who has Asperger’s Syndrome, and jewelry by Kenza Kréations. While welcoming special needs artists, the Creatability Expo also features organisations that offer career training and vocational opportunities including Light a Dream hand crafted candle and soap studio, and Gourmandise Bizontine specialized culinary and pastry workshop.
Organized by The Big Blue Hug and Rekinexion, sponsored by Inspirations News, and hosted by Peter Hall School, Creatability Expo aims to encourage a paradigm shift of how society views what special needs people can achieve and the role they have in our society.
“Sales support coaches will be provided to any artisan that needs assistance in selling their wares,” shares Jason Goldsmith, Co-Founder of Creatability Expo and The Big Blue Hug. “The vision that drives this endeavor begins with the artisan market and continues long term in supporting any person with an intellectual, developmental or physical in finding and maintaining meaningful employment, be it through self-employment or working for others.”
The Creatability Expo is anticipating over 300 teachers, parents, professionals, service providers, individuals with unique talents and ideas, schools, employment agencies, autism organizations, and therapists to be amongst the varied shoppers expected to attend and encourage our amazing artists and discover our dedicated vendors. This year, in the spirit of creating a path to the future, in addition to shopping for crafts and visual arts made by our exceptionally-abled artists, the employability section at the Expo will allow visitors to discover for themselves the growing options for these individuals to find work training and meaningful employment.
Peter Hall is a 10 minute walk from the Côte Vertu Metro station and easily accessible from the 121, 171, 378 & 380 Bus lines. Admission and parking are free. Snacks will be prepared by the students at Peter Hall School.
Visit the Creatability Expo at www.creatabilityexpo.com. For interviews and inquiries contact Jason Goldsmith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-342-3331.
Michael J. Cohen