Day Programs Explore Cultures of the World in New Curriculum

November 2nd, 2021

The Arc of Essex County’s Day Programs have been traveling the globe through a new curriculum that focuses on different cultures by exploring the traditions of art, music, cuisine, and holidays celebrated around the world. The discoveries and activities are now part of their daily schedule. 

On October 20th, the SYA program in Nutley explored the traditional Mexican art form of Hojalata. This Mexican Folk Art which translates into “tin art” is a decorative tradition that has been a part of the culture for many years. Individuals recreated and customized their own Hojalata designs. The project prompted questions and conversations about the Mexican culture leaving the individuals wanting more. This month, the program will celebrate The Day of Dead or “Dia de los Muertos”. The lesson will explore the traditions of this holiday while partaking in a craft project to create their own Sugar Skull.  

Meanwhile, the Opportunity Zone program in Maplewood just began exploring cultural traditions in China. We can’t wait to see what they create, and which countries the day program participants will choose to “visit” in the weeks ahead! 

The Arc of Essex County Day Services are provided in a variety of community-based settings with wide-ranging activities. Community Resource Center activities such as volunteering, community trips, and skill-building classes help consumers develop essential interpersonal skills. Vocational Centers encourage consumers to learn and enhance employment-related skills, while Specialized Centers assist those with extra physical, medical, or behavioral needs. All participants choose from an evolving menu of activities held either in the center or in the community. For more information, contact Director of Day Services Angela LoSapio at (973) 535-1181 x1231 or