RXR And Family Residences And Essential Enterprises, Inc. To Present “FLAGS OF HOPE” At The Omni (Press Release)
OLD BETHPAGE, NY (April 11, 2012) – During the month of April which is Autism Awareness Month, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) is partnering with RXR Realty, one of the NY Tri-State area’s premier real estate operating companies, to present a new art exhibit called “Flags of Hope” featuring the work of individuals with autism and other special needs.
“Flags of Hope” is based upon the philosophy of Tibetan Prayer Flags, whereby hopes and prayers are liberated into the air through symbolic form. The imagery reflects Art Therapy interventions brought together in one coherent, organized expression, reflecting a powerful step on the road towards self regulation, balance and control. Art Therapy intervention allows the artists to consciously channel the idea of withstanding the incredible depth of anxieties, depression and worry through creative expression and instill understanding, hope and peace through their work.
The exhibit will be featured in two of RXRs locations on Long Island, The OMNI Gallery 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Uniondale – Mitchel Field, on April 23, 24, 25 and the RXR Plaza, 626 RXR Plaza, Uniondale, on April 30, May 1 and 2. The exhibit will debut with a news conference and reception on Tuesday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at The OMNI Gallery, (Digital images are available upon request).
“I would like to express our deep appreciation to RXR for their support in helping to empower our artists to share their gifts and talents by participating in FREE’s varied programs,” remarked Robert S. Budd, CEO for FREE. “Through innovative and inspiring programs we are able to further our ability to provide the most creative and comprehensive services available.”
“It is with great pride that we bring this exhibit to RXR locations during April, Autism Awareness Month,” said Scott Rechler, CEO of RXR Realty. “We applaud FREE for their dedication and commitment to enhancing the lives of those with special needs and helping pave the way for the realization of potential.”
Over the years, much has been written about the power of art for healing and communication, as well as the benefits for individuals who may find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings through spoken words alone. “Flags of Hope” art exhibit offers a testament to this power, as the artists have touched feelings of anger, fear and chaos and transformed them into feelings of safety, trust, understanding and love, creating an opportunity to send their message out into our world, contributing to world peace and harmony.
PICTURED HERE: Ed Regensburg & Anita Dowd from FREE and Carol Allen & Ken Bauer from RXR
About RXR Realty
RXR Realty LLC (“RXR”) is a vertically integrated private real estate company with expertise in investment management, property management, development, design, construction, leasing and financing. RXR’s core growth strategy is focused on New York City and the surrounding tri-state area markets. RXR is one of the largest owners, managers, and developers in the New York Tri-State area with interests in approximately $4.7 billion of assets, comprised of 106 operating properties containing approximately 18.0 million square feet. For information about RXR, visit www.rxrrealty.com
About Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)
FREE founded in 1977 and headquartered in Old Bethpage, benefits and proudly supports more than 3,000 individuals with different abilities and their families each year. Its mission is to support individuals of all abilities to realize their full potential and to achieve personal happiness. FREE provides a diverse array of support and services including: housing, rehabilitation services, prevocational/day and employment services, family services, education and after-school support, health care/clinical services and advocacy. For more information, please call 516-870-1622 or visit www.familyres.org.
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