St. Pierre’s Center for the Arts will hold its grand opening ceremony on Aug. 20. The ribbon cutting will begin at 3 p.m. with a reception following from 4-6 p.m. at 114 W. Vermilion St. in downtown Lafayette.

St. Pierre’s, a division of Leading Health Care of Louisiana www.leadinghealthcarela.com, is a premier art center serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Although the practice of Art Therapy has been used for a while, this is something new to art galleries in Downtown Lafayette. “We wanted to provide the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to create and sell their artwork, while becoming part of Lafayette’s art community. One important aspect of art therapy is that it can increase self-esteem and creativity, while simultaneously empowering participants through the creation of art,” says owner Josette Hargett..

Anyone interested in art classes at St. Pierre’s can call 236-9111.

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