Local Artists – Monarch and For-Get-Me-Not Gift Shop

Monarch and For-Get-Me-Not Gift Shop

Adults with Creativity Helping Dreams Take Flight

Monarch, located at 651 North Highland Ave., Winston-Salem, provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities opportunities to express their creativity. Programs include music, art, photography, technology, dance, and pottery.

Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse disorders.  There are several Monarch programs, homes, and behavioral health offices throughout the Triad area.

Julia Augustoni, Director of Program Operations for Transition, is in the process of creating community centers at Monarch’s various day site locations.

Community programs place an emphasis on volunteering with community programs like Senior Services Meals on Wheels where they often run as many as 10 daily routes providing meals to seniors in their homes.  Monarch participants do assembly and packaging for the Health Department.  Monarch partners with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Centers for social and volunteer opportunities. Monarch participants also volunteer with Public Health and the Humane Society.

Local nursing homes enjoy getting together with Monarch participants through music activities. Sharon Burns, Director of Program Operations, states: “Seniors put in special requests. They love the music and have a ball dancing.  Participants love giving to the seniors and volunteering overall.”

Monarch is also part of larger events, such as the Chili Cook Off for Special Olympics.  The Salisbury Ridge location-Choices Program, took home first place.

Monarch holds events such as the annual golf tournament to raise money for special events and opportunities for the individuals supported across Monarch’s service areas.

There are daily activities that focus on getting out into the community.  The schedule is determined based on individual interests.

“People with disabilities enjoy giving back to the community.” Participants in the program love having their friends and family come to Monarch.  The creative energy and talent is amazing.  Attention to detail and pride in workmanship is evident.

They also participate in Red Nose Day, a national fundraiser for heart awareness.  Friends and parents walk in the local Heart Walk each year.

Monarch has been at the current location for just over 1 year.  They are growing and seeking to expand, especially in art and music. Studios are available for new artists, offering natural light.

They are looking for creative services. “We support people so that they can live, work, and play where and how they want to.”

Monarch’s motto is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” with the symbol of a butterfly.

Monarch is committed to supporting, educating, and empowering people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse.  Participants are provided with the opportunity to choose and achieve what is important to them. Monarch’s goal   as a non-profit is to give back, reaching out to people with all disabilities.

Nutrition, wellness and education are  also important elements of Monarch’s programming. Novant Health partners with Studio 651 to enhance the knowledge of good nutrition by providing monthly classes for people supported. Basic education courses are also held at Monarch through Forsyth Technical Community College.

Items are made at this location for the Forget-Me-Not Gift Shop, located in Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem.  Participants use the Monarch location as their workspace and sell their items at the Gift Shop. 

Donations and Volunteers are welcome at Monarch.  There are 40 -70 participants in various programs. 

For further information, please contact Monarch Studio 651 at (336) 306-8409 or (704) 986-1500-Monarch, Albemarle.  Website: www.MonarchNC.org. Other lo cations are in Mocksville and Walnut Cove.