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May 26, 2022

Out of the Box Art on Sale at Tourist Village

Today, a collection of art pieces from talented children who are living with disabilities were on display at the Fort Street Tourism Village. The items which include paintings, toys and other works were available for purchase by thousands of cruise ship tourists who disembarked and went shopping throughout the village. But the event was two-fold because students from Stella Maris were training with Therapy Adventures on practical skills in customer service. It’s the second such event called Out of the Box Art.

 

Christy Almeida

Christy Almeida, Founder/Executive Chair, Autism Belize

“It’s called the Out of the Box Art so we partner with Tourism Village and we’re doing pop-up shops. The art is made by youths with disabilities, a variety of disabilities. We have a young lady from Belmopan that paints with her toes; we have our kids with autism that do the dolls, etc.  We are selling them and the artists get their money too – so they are making their sales here – but then, we’ve also partnered with the Ministry of Education so we are getting students from Stella Maris to come out and they are being trained by Therapy Adventures. So they are teaching them what to sell, how to do the customer service, handle the money. So they are getting practical skills.”

 

Star Banks

Star Banks, Stella Maris Student

“You do selling, you do money, you do sales, tell people morning and have manners and that.”

 

Duane Moody

“You’re having fun? You’d want to do it again?”

 

Star Banks

“Yes sir.”

 

Asha Moonjely

Asha Moonjely, Therapy Adventures

“We are doing vocational training so we are teaching them real life skills like money exchange, customer service, practicing scripts with them. And it is really fun actually seeing them learning and they are proud of themselves because they are accomplishing things and they are selling it.”

 

Christy Almeida

“The hope is that maybe by the end of this, a couple sessions, they might be good enough that they could get hired at another store and then we will start with another round of students.”

 

The proceeds from the sales went to the artists and a commission to the student from Stella Maris.


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