NEWS (& ARCHIVES)
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, 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
Vine Village Arts &
Country Day Program
is a daytime activity program for people with
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.
It's a place to explore, to try new
things, to find out who you are, to make friends, work on
projects, enjoy nature, and expand your horizons. The Vine
Village Day Program offers an 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
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.
Once a week we take time out
for Music. Many clients love to sing and perform.
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
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.
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.
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.
Three friendly and curious goats are enjoyed and
|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.