Arts/Country Day Program
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Vine Village
From a hired hand 

It's hardly visible from the highway,
but once wandered into it,
you won't want to leave.
It's like happening on
a cool pristine spring
when your canteen runs dry
or like a friendly village
after miles of wilderness.
Seldom is heard there
a disheartening word.
The people are like family.
When nobody wants you,
they will take you in.

 - Dennis Johns
Vine Village's Poet Laureate

 

Vine Village Arts & Country Day Program is a daytime activity program for people with developmental disabilities who live in the Napa (CA, USA) area.

Vine Village’s Arts and Country Day Program offers people with developmental disabilities from the greater Napa community a wide range of activities, including studio arts, multi-media and computer skills, continuing academic education, gardening, animal care, horses, field trips, social events, music, drama and more. 

Professional artists and teachers work with the clients and provide a calm atmosphere of mutual respect that nurtures creativity and self-expression. The spacious and light-filled art studio is tucked among Vine Village’s gardens, orchard, pastures and opens lands, which provide inspiration for a variety of arts, such as painting, ceramics, mixed media, textile arts, music and dancing, theater, and jewelry making.

Through creative activities, participants develop self-esteem, improve communication skills, develop friendships, and have a great time in a well-rounded program of studio arts, multi-media, computer skills, continuing academic education, gardening, field trips, social events, music, video, ceramics, photography, and drama.   

 Vine Village Arts is a division of Vine Village, Inc., a non-profit organization in Napa, CA. Vine Village Arts is licensed by the State of California  Community Care, and vendorized by North Bay Regional Center. 

Some of these pieces produced by our artists are available for sale in our online art store (the proceeds of which are shared between the artist and the program (to replenish supplies) and through our annual holiday craft sale, a perennial Napa Valley favorite. 

Many clients are interested in learning computer and related electronics media skills.


Whitney enjoys computer games

Shawn has become fluent in word processing and published his first book, an autobiography.


Field trips to the rich cultural offerings of the Bay Area and Napa County are a regular part of the program. In early 2014, we took this tour of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.

Vine Village artists' work is displayed at various community venues and shows. In December 2013, Vine Village art was featured at the Napa City-County Library, and the artists were honored at a reception.


Vine Village has many talented musicians among its staff, as well as many professional musician friends, who donate their time to appear as guests artists with our clients.
 

Once a week we take time out for Music.  Many clients love to sing and perform.

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Country Life

In addition to the arts program, we are expanding our program to include more agricultural and country life activities. Clients may learn gardening skills in our organic gardens and orchard, sell the produce at the local Farmer's Market or on site here at the ranch, they  take care of the farm animals, and explore the ranch’s open areas, which provide rare nesting grounds for 4 species of egrets and herons, as well as turtles, bobcats, foxes, deer, turkeys, ducks and the occasional golden eagle.

 

Gardening provides a sense of connection to nature, and results in delicious food and flowers.

Three friendly and curious goats are enjoyed and cared for.
Rusty and Skippy the steers are favorite mascots.

"Skippy" by Jeffrey Wong

Staff  often bring their well-mannered pets to work—which are often favorites with the art clients. And the dogs inspire some wonderful art.

 

 


The Kerson family are active volunteers with the Bureau of Land management's Wild Horse & Burro Program, and they frequently bring their adopted or training-project Mustangs to work for clients to enjoy.


 

Vine Village, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit organization located in the Napa, CA Wine Country
Tax ID: 23-7296716    Telephone: 707-255-4006     Fax: 707-255-8431    Napa, CA     Email Us!