Amy Schmierbach, professor of art and design at Fort Hays State University, recently received a Socially Engaged Practices Grant from the Surface Design Association to do an art collaboration between FHSU students and clients of Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas.

“Special Rugs” uses discarded fabric and yarn to create woven artwork. The collaboration will teach DSNWK clients arts and crafts skills and will allow them to express themselves through color, texture and design.

Schmierback and the FHSU students will lead the collaboration by preparing materials, assisting in design and construction and teaching weaving techniques.

DSNWK serves community members with a variety of special needs, including autism, Down syndrome and other cognitive disabilities

“Special Rugs” will be in October and installed at the Hays Public Library for the Spring 2018 Hays Art Walk.