OMAA Education and Community Outreach

Community Partner

Waban Projects, Inc., Springvale, Maine

Waban Projects, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized to develop and operate programs which promote the general welfare and education of children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Waban’s Life Works program is an accredited community and center-based day habilitation program serving adults with intellectual disabilities.  Emphasis is placed on the uniqueness of each individual, promotion of independence through structured choice, therapeutic activities, training in life skills, community integration and the enhancement of socialization skills.  OMAA has partnered with Waban, Life Works to provide frequent art lessons and trips to the museum for art appreciation.  Participants are encouraged to be expressive and self-empowered.


Year-round weekly art classes designed to enhance the lives of developmentally disabled people age 18 and older

  • Field trips to OMAA on a “Friday fun day,” 2 to 4 times per year
  • Art show in the spring at the Life Works facility in Springvale, Maine
  • Art Group meets regularly on Wednesdays for an hour and a half program

OMAA’s Approach

The OMAA educator, Jill Burke, draws on the museum’s close connection to two of America’s earliest art colonies that contributed to the roots of American modernism. She selects an object to share with students from the OMAA’s permanent collection of important paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to present. Students then create artworks that relate to the selected artist and medium.

Results of our Work

Through this course, students learn to view and think critically about art and develop skills in artistic self-expression.

“The museum’s outreach program has allowed our members to experience a positive outlook of expression, sensory input, communication skills, enhanced self-esteem, and community integration through art that some never have experienced before. With therapeutic instruction from the museum’s educator, this program has provided people of all abilities with a unique, creative, and uplifting educational experience.”

Melissa J. Hall, Life Works & Company Director

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The OMAA Education and Community Outreach Program is funded by the Beverly Hallam Education Fund, by Steven and Andrea Levy, and by the Donato J. Tramuto Foundation. In 2015, the program also received individual contributions through OMAA’s White Glove Fund.


For more information or to support this program, please contact OMAA Art Educator, Jill Burke:

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