New fashion design course for people with developmental disabilities underway at CCS – The Oakland Press

Individuals in the metro Detroit area with intellectual or developmental disabilities and an interest in art, fashion or fashion design are encouraged to take part in an ongoing course at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies.

The nine-week “Fashion Fridays & Wearable Art” course, which kicked off July 8, is being offered at CCS in partnership with Gesher Human Services (formerly JVS + Kadima) through the nonprofit organization’s multi-disciplinary arts program, Creative Expressions.

The courses are being taught by Joye Ofei (left), master staff artist at the Community Arts Partnership of College for Creative Studies. (Photo courtesy of Craig Nowak)

Students in the program are participants in Choices, a Creative Expressions program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All the concepts for Creative Expressions programs are entirely based on the interest of participants, says program director Craig Nowak.

“Many participants showed an interest and talked about fashion,” Nowak said. “The staff pushed the idea to me and I contacted our partners at CCS.”

The courses are being taught by Joye Ofei, master staff artist at the Community Arts Partnership of CCS. Participants can sign up for however many classes they wish to participate in. So far classes have held about eight to 12 students with the hopes of reaching 30 by the end of the program.

“We wanted to encourage creativity with a focus on fashion for our Choices members and teaming up with the professional artists at CCS gave us a wonderful opportunity to do just that,” said Nowak. “Designing clothes and accessories is a unique way to express your style and we know it will give our members confidence and pride, while learning new skills for self-expression.”

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