Providing a Creative Outlet for Individuals with Disabilities

Matters of the Art, located in Haughton, LA, is a social enterprise of Evergreen Life Services. Evergreen is a nonprofit organization providing services to over 1,400 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in seven states. Matters of the Art is under the direction of Art Director, Suzy Nelson, and has staff within several artistic disciplines.

Matters of the Art enhances the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by focusing on their abilities, not their disabilities. The interests, self- esteem and motor skills of the artists are stimulated with creative outlets. Small group instruction in glass-fusing, weaving, pottery, sewing and visual art provides such stimulation. The creative center allows the individuals to express themselves and engage within the community. Sales of the art products are reinvested into the program and provide the individuals with wages.

Evergreen Life Services offers a wide array of activities and services enhancing the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Evergreen builds enduring relationships with those served, their families and our communities. For more information about Evergreen, visit www.evergreenls.org or call 318-747-1460 for specified services.

Matters of the Art is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, the Bossier Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

Meet Our Staff

Suzy

Suzy

Art Director

Art Director
MFA Design
Art Education 1-12
College Professor
Practicing Artist and Designer

Alicia

Alicia

Resident Glass Artist

MA Studio Art
Workshops from Penland School of Crafts
Professional Glass Artist
Glass Fusing and Stained Glass

Janice

Janice

Resident Seamstress

BS Home Economics
Owner Drapery Workroom

Hilarie

Hilarie

Resident Pottery Instructor

BA Studio Art
Administrative Assistant Bossier Arts Council