Friday, September 21st, 2018

BMW Fort Wayne chooses Pathfinder for project

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018

Pathfinder Services and their Creative Abilities and Little River Art Studios have been selected by BMW of Fort Wayne and Kelley Automotive Group to design and create a piece of artwork unlike any other.

Creative Abilities and Little River Art Studios provide artistic opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities who are served by Pathfinder Community Supports’ Community Integration/Day Services program. The program offers adults full or part-time person-centered activities to facilitate life skills through community and center-based activities. The Creative Abilities and Little River Art Studios provide a space where artists can paint, sculpt, sew, draw and craft jewelry.

These unique art studios were chosen by BMW of Fort Wayne and Kelley Automotive Group to create a local version of the BMW Art Car. Since 1975, BMW has highlighted their commitment to arts, culture, and community with BMW Art Car, a stunning collection of hand-painted and designed vehicles. Kelley Automotive Group and BMW of Fort Wayne are proud to partner with Pathfinder Services to develop an Art Car of their own.

“We are honored to be chosen for a program that is so well-known,” said Carrie Blackham, chief operating officer of Pathfinder Services. “This nationally recognized project has produced some really amazing pieces, and our Art Studios are excited to take on the challenge of creating something that speaks to our area and our unique programs.”

The artists are currently in the final stages of design and will begin painting the 2019 BMW 4 Series in the coming weeks. The piece will be unveiled at Two EE’s Winery on Thursday, August 9, during the first-annual Wine Tasting event benefiting the individuals served by Pathfinder Community Supports. This event is presented by Kelley Automotive Group.

Rob Miller, BMW Genius, said “The Kelley Auto Group and BMW of Fort Wayne are proud to sponsor the Pathfinder Community Supports Wine Tasting event. We can’t wait to see the Art Car that Creative Abilities and Little River artists create!”

“The generosity of Kelley Automotive Group and BMW of Fort Wayne is what makes this event possible, and the unveiling of the Art Car is what makes it so exciting,” said Alane Eckert, Creative Abilities special events coordinator. “We can’t wait to show residents of this community the amazing talent of the people we serve.”

Proceeds from the Wine Tasting will create support for the growing arts programming provided to people with disabilities, through Pathfinder Community Supports. Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting pathfinderservices.org. Tickets include two wine tastings, light appetizers and a voucher for $10 off a Two-EE’s purchase. Musical entertainment will be provided by local musical sensation Roustabout. The Art Car will be unveiled at 8:30 p.m. that evening.

“We hope this event will really highlight the great work of the artists at Creative Abilities and Little River,” Blackham continued, “the people in our community need to see their creations first-hand.”

Shown in the photo are Carrie Blackham, chief operation officer, Pathfinder Services, left, and Rob Miller, BMW Genius at right. Miller is shown holding his daughter, Wren.