John Cronin, the co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks, loves to support people with differing abilities. Yesterday, that commitment took him to the Opening Night of the Art Ability Art Show at the Spirit of Huntington Art Center. All of the artwork displayed at the show was made by artists with a differing ability.
John said, “I loved it. These artists are so creative and their artwork is so impressive.”
John met with many of the artists and viewed their artwork. And John met with the founder of the Spirit of Huntington Art Center, Eric Preis, and the Executive Director, Michel Kitakis.
Collaborations between John’s Crazy Socks and the Spirit of Huntington Art Center
John’s co-founder and father, Mark X. Cronin, said, “We love what the Spirit of Huntington Art Center does and we share a mission to show what people with differing abilities can do.”
The two organizations are already collaborating on projects. On Saturdays, October 8, 2022, they will present a Fashion Show: Another Face of Beauty at the Walt Whitman Shops. All of the models will have a disability and there will be musical performances. The Spirit of Huntington Art Center will stage an art show along with the Fashion Show. And the Spirit of Huntington Arts Center is designing and producing the program for the event. The models will come from John’s Crazy Socks, the Viscardi Center, Special Olympics – New York, the Spirit of Huntington Art Center and Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE).
Michel Kitakis said, “We are excited to be working with John’s Crazy Socks to stage this fashion show. We want everyone to see what our artists can do.”
Other collaborations include Michael and John plan to teach a class at the Art Center on designing socks. And John’s Crazy Sock is planning to bring their staff to the Art Centre for a night of art.
About the Spirit of Huntington Art Center
The mission of the Spirit of Huntington Art Center is simple: we believe creative expression can transform lives of students with special needs and Veterans by igniting a passion in their lives. The Center expects to continue our primary goals while expanding beyond art and vocational training to encompass education and recreation through additional studies of the arts. You can learn more at their website.
About John’s Crazy Socks
John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission of Spreading Happiness™. With more than 4,000 socks, John’s Crazy Socks is now the world’s largest sock store. More than half their employees have a differing ability, and their Giving Back program has raised over $550,000 for charity partners like the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Autism Society of America. Most of all, they are Spreading Happiness™.
For more information about John’s Crazy Socks, visit our webpage, Facebook page, Instagram account or YouTube channel. You can also contact us at 631-760-5625 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.