“You optimize the promise of using art for therapeutic purposes. Your respect and dedication to the clients has always been an inspiration for me. There’s still a lot of people you need to touch and help” Heath Shima, Case Manager of ASD Program
“I don’t think I have met a more caring creative person in this field. You always put the clients first and I miss you very much. Please stay true to yourself!!" David Lewis Case Manager of the DT&H Program
"Joel Abramson exceeded expectations and supported achievement by helping to complete the Minnesota Regional Arts Board Arts Learning Grant Application”
Candace Miller Lopez, Director of Development
! CREATIVE AND VERSATILE ART FACILITATOR AND RECREATION COORDINATOR with proven experience in working with adults with physical and development disabilities.
! Experienced working in Senior Memory Care Program
! Experienced in working as a job coach in the community and on site.
! Skilled in using adaptive communication devices and adaptive tools.
! Experienced working with severe behavior problems and deescalating situations. ! Skilled artist committed to fostering artistic expression.
! Resourceful and supportive team member; strong work ethic and dependability.
! Adaptive & Communication Tools ! Creating Treatment Plans
! Drawing, Weaving & Painting
! Encouraging New Techniques in Art
! Community Inclusions & Internet Resources
! Staff Training
! Client Rapport Building
! Hanging Art Shows
! Creative Socialization Strategies ! Computer Skills & Music Skills
STAR Services, St.Paul, MN December 2013 to Present
Direct Support Professional at a variety of locations. Taught Life Skills:
Computer Skills, American Sign Language, Job Skills, Art Classes
MIDWEST SPECIAL SERVICES, St. Paul, MN
Art Facilitator at Five Locations 2006 to February 2013 (reduction in staff)
! Planned and implemented creative arts activities based on the needs and interests of the participants and based site needs. When communication was limited, provided encouragement and support. Recognized by peers at all five locations as the April 2010 Employee of the Month. The Art Program received an exemplary award from CARF.
! Assisted and encouraged participants in making independent choices. Provided adaptive communicated options in artistic expression. Successfully set up adaptive AbleNet Armstrong easels and use of headbands, used trackballs, touch screen computers, and iPads. Also used Xerox copy machines to produce aspects of art projects.
! Acrylic painting techniques, and drawing, cartooning and illustration. Used new multi- media surface treatments techniques.
! Worked with artists of Life works and Midwest Special Services to create an eighty foot weaving using the Saori and the two table top looms simultaneously at the 2012
Multicultural Forum On Diversity in the Workplace at the Minneapolis Convention Center. (with Vimeo tape http://vimeo.com/50984403# )
! Trained Program Assistants in a variety of drawing and speech software. Also trained staff in surface treatment painting techniques on tile and Masonite.
PACER CENTER INC, Bloomington, MNCount Me In Puppeteer for puppet shows for children about children with disabilities
PACER CENTER, INC, Bloomington, MN
· Early Childhood and Assistive Technology April 30, 2013 · AbleNet University Technology and Cognitive Support :
Strategies for Organization 2013
· Introduction to Unity March 7, 2013
· Trainer in Read & Write Gold V January 2007
COLLEGE OF DIRECT SUPPORT through Midwest Special Services · Introduction to Unity
· Supporting Healthy Lives
· Positive Behavior Supports· Person Centered Planning and Supports
MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Minneapolis, MN
Introduction to Encaustic Painting Continuing Studies
SAORI LOOM WORKSHOP, Minneapolis, MN
HIGHPOINTE CENTER FOR PRINTMAKING, Minneapolis, MN Intaglio Printmaking
MINNEAPOLIS TECHNICAL COLLEGE, Minneapolis, MN
Commercial Art Certificate in Graphic Design
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIVERSITY, Pittsburgh, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts/Education
ART INSTITUTE OF MINNEAPOLIS, Minneapolis, MN
Art Instructor for Fundamentals of Design, Drawing , Typography and Advance Drawing
HOUSE PORTRAIT ILLUSTRATIONS 1995 to Present
Owner of an Illustration Business house-illustrations.com
SUMMER ARTWARD BOUND PROGRAM AT ST. PAUL ACADEMY, St. Paul, MN
Art Instructor and taught 9-14 year olds Cartooning, Drawing and Multi-Media Classe
LInkedIn Resume: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joelabramson1/