November 24, 2020 Blog

Get to Know SpArc Services

Get to know SpArc Services, one of our amazing resident artist organizations with a mission to support people with disabilities by providing programs and services that encourage inclusion, independence, and personal achievement.

Just like their name, they’re sparking a love for the arts in their clients through their Cultural Arts Center with fine arts classes or trips to cultural sites. Enjoy this Q&A with responses by Michael Merriman, a SpArc Services participant.

The creative/artistic life can often feel isolating. What do you do to counteract that?
I spend my time in many different places throughout the week so that I can connect with multiple different peers and community members.  I come once a week to the studio at Cherry Street Pier to work on my art and soap-making and to interact with the community. I also spend time on SpArc Service’s virtual program, and in our day program. In addition, I volunteer at a local hospital once a week.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?
It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose. Go ahead, try it!

SpArc’s Resilient Voices, August 2021

In 50 years, what will people be nostalgic for and why?
Writing letters on paper. Everything will be through the computer, as well as smartphones and watches.  We will miss getting mail in our mailboxes.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want to have mind control so I can always be in charge of what is happening around me.

Is cereal soup? Why or why not?
No, it is not a soup! You use milk with it, or you can have it dry and it is not hot.  

If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?
I would teach them how to be polite, how to help others, and how to make soap, of course. There are so many people in this world that are cruel and rude; this would be my first priority.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? What’s the best piece of advice you have given?
The best piece I’ve been given: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
The best piece I have given others: “Do not judge yourself – Love yourself for who you are!”


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This Q&A is one in an artist Q&A series titled Get to Know. All Q&A’s were reviewed and edited by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Digital team.