Union College London Center has a long history of involvement in the London community. From the Arts Heal program to the WIA program, our staff supports a variety of community events and initiatives.
The Union College London Center Arts Heal Program is a grant funded program that is conducted in conjunction with the Laurel/Knox County Drug Court.
Nonviolent offenders are placed in the Drug Court program in an effort to divert jail time. The offenders are kept on a strict schedule of therapy, drug testing, work or school activities and group meetings. Their participation in the Arts Heal program is voluntary.
The program is compiled of five juried artists that create an atmosphere for the participants to complete art projects that consist of murals, songs, Native American arts, quilt squares and poetry.
The object of this program is to give the participants an opportunity to have a positive experience expressing their feelings. Funds have been provided by the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
This program is in conjunction with Cumberland Valley Comprehensive Care. It is an arts program that meets at the London Campus and creates opportunities for adults with disabilities to develop skills through art.
They participate in several art mediums such as painting, working with clay, dance, and producing crafts that are centered on different holidays. This program is directed by Pam Slowkoski, an art therapist that is a case manager with Cumberland Valley Comprehensive Care.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The WIA program was developed in 2002 when a factory closed leaving over 200 people without a job. A program of classes was developed to increase the employability of the people.
Many of the employees had worked in the factory for over twenty years. They began classes in computer, business processes, communications, math, and writing skills.
Most of the participants in this program found jobs making pay that was equal to or more than their previous employment.