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Home of the Arts for Freedom program

“Building a Healthier Community through Personal and Professional Example”

Peer Recovery Art Project is our continuous campaign to end stigma, revitalize downtown areas, while implementing new strategies for an all-inclusive and, therefore, healthier community.

Volume 5

Issue 5

May 2013


of all, thanks to the iconic Carole Collins and Barbara Anderson for calling us to action in this day of fun.

A huge energy blast blew through the gallery last month. More new people came in and we held a special celebration of life for one of our dear old friends.

Be safe and love Modesto as we at PRAP do!

Room with a view Dennis Dahl amazed me when he played drums in numerous venues with different artists who came to town. His soul was made out of gold and, when he shared the stage, my own ability to share my gift became clear. DD, your friends all spoke well of your wit and your musical expertise. You will live on in the words of a song – “Free Bird.” Yes, DD you helped to set us free.

The celebration of Dennis was just one of our magic moments last month. We built a Healthier Community Arts program model and debuted our new International Arts Exhibition. Yes, folks we went live with our 1974 International step van traveling gallery. The traveling gallery’s first show was held in conjunction with West Modesto King Kennedy Neighborhood Center’s Fruit and Veggie Fest at Maxx Value Foods on Paradise Road in Modesto. It was a big success, visited by local dignitaries and lots of community folks. We’ve already signed a contract with Stanislaus County Office of Education to team up on some upcoming projects sure to make a positive impact on our local young adult community. A shout out to Pastor Bridegroom of Center Grace Community Church for inviting us to share in their Love Modesto Celebration. Thanks to our gallery team, too, for the hard work they do to produce these shows, and to Rubber Lizard for performing the great live set. Most

~ John Black, CEO

Our traveling art gallery sports the logos of our generous sponsors: TSM Insurance, Modesto Toyota, Wells Fargo Bank, and Stanislaus Magazine. Thank you for your support! We are proud members of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. Coming soon - our first organizational sponsor SCOE.


500 N 9th Art Social @ BHRS


Day of Hope, West Modesto King Kennedy Memorial Center. Featuring Ruben J. Guzman empowering people to transform their health, energy and vitality. .


Private SCOE event, Harvest Hall


Peers Speak Up For Hope. John Black, speaker. At gallery, 6-8 p.m.


Youth Art and Music Project YES @ Ceres Unitfied School District offices

Peer Recovery Art Project Renaissance Great NEWS! Our June 22 FREE Admission Boogie Woogie Rock N Rockabilly Dance Party on J Street has confirmed Savage Salvador to spin those rockabilly 45s during set changes and before main stage begins. It’s going to be world class. Any d... ance studios in Modesto or wherever want to join us as our rockabilly swing machine 50s/60s dance troupe? Contact me on FB. This is going to be fun! LOOK at this folks - CAN SOMEBODY SCREAM? *Rod Piazza & Mighty Flyers *Mofo Party Band *The 44s *Tony T & His Rockin’ Cats *Tommy & The Edsels *DeeJay “Savage Salvador” *Special Guest *ART by PRAP

DENNIS DAHL MEMORIAL/ CELEBRATION OF LIFE Saturday, April 20 Dennis’ friends gathered to share memories and enjoy music and good friends at the gallery. Dennis’ sister, Kelly (left)


May 2013 Michael Lopez

Kevin A Sotelo

Tha Fean

Peer Recovery Art Project was invited to participate in a Love Modesto event by Pastor Bridegroom of Center Grace Community Church (pictured at left), Saturday, April 27. Talented young men created colorful aerosol art.

RIGHT: Carole Collins (left foreground) and Barbara Anderson (center) of West Modesto King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative speak with PRAP’s Betty Barnes (right) during Love Modesto evemt.

LEFT: Tim White (l) and Luis Molina (r), BHRS Prevention/ Early Intervention staff members, flank Cleopathia Moore-Bell, Executive Director & founder of West Modesto King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative at the Food and Veggie Fest, Sunday, April 7.



Peer Recovery Art Project Renaissance Peer Recovery Art Project gallery, home of the ARTS FOR FREEDOM program is located at:

1222 J Street, Modesto CA

Email, call or text: (209) 581-1695 Open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 3rd Thursday Art Walk nights, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find us at the intersection of 13th and J Streets between the State Theatre and Crow Trading; right next door to the Camera Center. Arts for Freedom is sponsored by Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Stanislaus Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

LINDA PICs: Nancy Dinant is one of Peer Recovery Art Project’s most popular jewelry artists. Two of Nancy’s necklaces have been picked this month. One made of purpledyed dolomite with antiqued beads and clasp and the other made of turquoise and silver beads. Linda chose these for their differences. Nancy’s consistent creativity utilizes a broad spectrum of materials, which makes her work so unique. We are proud to have her as one of our artists!

1209 McHenry Ave Modesto, CA (209) 522-1003

PEER RECOVERY ART PROJECT, INC. EXECUTIVE BOARD AND TEAM MEMBERS John Black, CEO, Arts for Freedom Administrator, Operations Manager Ken McCall, Chief Financial Officer Pacific Media Group Carol Jo Hargreaves, Corporate Secretary, Editor Jodi McClure, Bookkeeper Team Members: Michael Anderson, Art Director Betty Barnes, Arts for Freedom Program Coordinator, Fundraising, Special Projects Linda Hornsby-Black, Special Projects Manager

Renaissance now available on-line @ Send your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS to: Peer Recovery Art Project, Inc. PO Box 5354, Modesto, CA 95353 Drop us a line or send a request to be included on our list of supporters.


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