"Picture My World" is a service learning project designed to create a relationship between USD teacher education students and the consumers of SESDAC services. Eighteen USD-SESDAC student-partner teams spent the spring semester taking digital pictures and identifying the photos to be shown at the exhibit.
The photographs document examples of favorite activities, locations and other important elements of their lives.
An opening celebration will be held Wednesday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gallery in the museum. The exhibit is open during normal museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The goals of the project are to provide participants with opportunities to develop self-expression, self-determination skills, and creativity; connect with USD students and other members of the community; increase understanding, acceptance, and meaningful involvement of people with disabilities; and promote volunteerism and community service.
The project was funded by a Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) Grant, submitted by Jason VonEschen, a student at USD, and School of Education faculty Dr. Roberta Kaufman and Dr. Lory LaPointe.
SESDAC, Inc., Executive Director Gerry Tracy, and Cathy Colwell, SESDAC, Inc., director of training, partnered with the university to make this a successful project. In addition, the Art Department at USD, Hy-Vee and Pamida collaborated in the process.