The Mission of the Pieters Family Life Center is to provide an environment that will strengthen community and nurture relationships through recreational, educational, social, spiritual, health and wellness opportunities that are inclusive to all people. We are guided by the belief that all people are entitled to the opportunity to mature, to learn, and to grow in an environment that will support their passions, interests, dreams, and goals.
Heritage Christian Services commissioned Rochester artist Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
to create a sculpture for the entrance to the Pieters Family Life Center to honor
those, included the state of New York, who have advocated for and supported individuals
with developmental disabilities and their families.
Caballero-Perez created this soaring stainless steel sculpture as a celebration
of life and of services. The columns do not stand alone but rather exist symbiotically-
in a relationship where the two depend upon and receive reinforcement from each
other. “The sculpture does not tell us which figure is the provider of service
and which is the person with the disability,” notes Caballero-Perez.
“Stronger Together” was selected out of 30 proposals submitted by artists
from throughout the Rochester region. A native of Mexico City, Caballero-Perez came
to this country in 1986 and earned his master’s degree in fine arts from the
School of American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His public art
projects in Rochester are installed on ARTwalk, in the Neighborhood of the Arts,
and on the campus of RIT. “When I came to the United States, many people helped
me to make this country my home,” Caballero-Perez wrote in his sculpture proposal.
“It is an honor to create a public sculpture that, in turn, honors people
who serve others.” This sculpture also symbolizes the commitment of the Pieters
Family Life Center, a premier program of Heritage Christian Services, to provide
accessible art and cultural opportunities for people with and without disabilities.
The artist included people with disabilities in the production of this piece.
We here at the Pieters Family Life Center encourage you to be a part of our community
that is built on relationships, connections and the belief that we truly are “Stronger
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