Special needs artists display their art at local Johnson Controls store

Old Bethpage, NY (August 2, 2017) – Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries, recently unveiled the work of differently-abled artists from Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), as part of a permanent exhibit at its York® store location in Melville, NY. The collaboration is a product of Blue Sky Involve, an initiative of Johnson Controls that connects the company and its employees with local communities and worthy organizations and schools.   FREE pic 1

“We are honored to have Johnson Controls join our growing network of corporate partners, and thankful that they would choose to display art created by our artists, “said Robert S. Budd, CEO FREE. “Their ability to see beyond the different abilities of our individuals, and value them as artists should serve as an example to others,” he continued.

This permanently rotating exhibit, will be changed quarterly. The first collection on display is called “Revelations”, featuring artwork created by individuals with Autism and other Special Needs, participating in Art Therapy programs at FREE. In addition, Johnson Controls announced it has commissioned the artists at FREE to paint a mural on a wall in their training room. The hope is that the mural will serve as an inspiration to all those that see it.

“Johnson Controls is a partner with FREE and we are inspired by the work that FREE is doing to provide betterment for our special needs community,” said Alberto Ayulo, regional general manager of Johnson Controls. The artists represented in “Revelations” are a courageous group of people who, in spite Free pic 2of their challenges, took the risk to “talk to us” through the hidden language of images, colors and symbols. All are encouraged to view the works and perhaps purchase a piece. The proceeds of sales go towards supporting the artist and their program.

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), founded in 1977, benefits and proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to assist individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including  housing; recovery services; transition to work; employment; day, community and family services; respite; crisis services; education and after school support; specialty health services; and advocacy.

FREE also collaborates with a variety of diverse 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners on educational, vocational, rehabilitative and a myriad of other creative initiatives to enhance the local communities and the lives of more than 25,000 people that reside within them. Each of the valued partners of the FREE Network has a unique mission, vision and strategic goals that are aligned in purpose, and embody the spirit of the meaningful work we do every day. For more information, please call 516-870-7000 or visit www.familyres.org.

Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

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