Welcome to Fine Art Miracles, a nonprofit organization where we specialize in classes for those faced with life’s challenges, whether physical, intellectual, emotional or circumstantial, who want the freedom to explore their creativity in a safe and fun environment. Classes are designed for all levels of capability. Our goal is to serve you with educational, affordable fine art lessons, art therapy, music therapy, and social robot enhanced learning.
Serving the Elderly
Fine Art Miracles has been teaching art classes in nursing homes and assisted living facilities since 2007 when the organization was founded. FAM teachers bring a wide variety of activities to groups and individuals in nursing facilities and community service organizations now, across Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Erie, PA; Rochester and Buffalo, NY; and Hilton Head Island, SC. Music Therapy sessions are provided by our Board Certified Music Therapists. Art activities (including fine art lessons and art therapy) draw on subjects from nature, portraiture and styles from the masters such as Klimt, Picasso, Kandinsky and Mondrian. We seek to enhance the quality of life of all participants with the opportunity for creative expression! And our Multi-Sensory Sessions for folks with Alzheimers and dementia, offers aroma (therapy), music, a sensory covering and conversations with a social robot, in small group settings. Please visit this link to see more: https://vimeo.com/193639206
I wanted to take the time to write an overdue thank you to Fine Art Miracle. The class instructors are really wonderful with the residents and I see such a positive influence that they have on the residents here at Country Meadows. Denise was down in the lobby of Building 2 (which she does frequently) playing the piano with 2 residents right by her singing and moving to the music after the class was finished. Julianne has created such a great relationship with our Building 3 residents and I can see that just by looking in from the outside of the room.
They have such great compassion for working with this population and we are lucky to have them!
Courtney Gualtieri, CTRS
Director of Community Life
Country Meadows Retirement Communities
3570 Washington Pike, Bridgeville PA 15017
412-257-4566 ext. 55215
Classes for Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Individuals
Fine Art Miracles, Inc. brings the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of artistic expereinces to special needs populations by engaging them in art therapy, music therapy and social technology. FAM’s Art Therapists provide creative expression opportunities, utilizing a blend of Art Therapy and the FAM method of teaching: inspiring participants with works of a master artist, then encouraging participants to get as creative (and as messy!) as they wish. FAM’s board certified Music Therapists use a “people first” method of tailoring group activities to the individuals’ needs and our social technology can include tablet based art and music as well as engagement with social robots.
The results are amazing!
Social Robot Enhanced Learning for Challenged and Neuro-Typical Children
Fine Art Miracles works with challenged and neuro-typical children alike, with the help of a robot named Romibo. The Romibo robot can move around, speak and ask questions, play games, and track the eyes of the person speaking to him. He is a wonderful aide in the classroom, especially for children on the autism spectrum, who have difficulty feeling comfortable interacting with people, but have shown great improvement in social behavior when engaging with social robots.
Fine Art Miracles, Inc. was chosen as one of 75 finalists in the 2014 Pittsburgh Technology Council DATA Awards Summit, showcasing how art and technology can be combined to make the world a better place!
Fine Art Miracles, Inc. was also chosen as a finalist in the 2015 CreateFest Innovation Salon at Three Rivers Arts Festival, with Robots for Learning.
Art + Technology = A Better World!
FAM was selected as a contestant in the 2016 UpPrize Competition, combining technology andinnovation to reach vulnerable populations more effectively
and increase our footprint!
And in 2017, FAM was awarded a Roddenberry Foundation Grant to support a pilot program
Teaching Social Skills to Early Learners with Challenges, Beta-testing a brand new FAM Robotand
composing part of FAM’s Social Robot Enhanced Learning Methods Manual!
See a video clip about our work with social robots here:
Fine Art Miracles, Inc. designs Social Robot Enhanced Lessons for all subject matter: art, literacy, social skills, and more. We work with schools, community service organizations, parents and caregivers, to create fun and motivating learning experiences.