Skylight and The Music Settlement Present An Evening of Music and Art

Skylight Financial Group and The Music Settlement (TMS) recently came together to present an evening of art, music and socializing.  While enjoying the stunning views of the city from the Skylight penthouse, guests were treated to music by TMS students and Cleveland’s very own bass player and musician, Darren Frate.

Debra Chwast spoke about the “Works and Life” of her son Seth Chwast, who has been shaking up the art world.  Seth, who has been a client of the TMS Therapy Center for over 30 years, was diagnosed with autism at 21 months and is primarily non-verbal.  At 18, a vocational evaluation advised that Seth would be suited to a career of dry mopping.  However, at 20 he took his first art class and by 23, this talented painter got his big break as a featured artist on the Today show.  In 2011, Seth came in first place in a United Nations competition and his art was placed on a postal stamp to promote autism awareness.  His career as an artist continues to thrive and his use of bright, bold colors has earned him international recognition.

“It is always a pleasure to support The Music Settlement and to welcome them to Skylight.  We recognize and appreciate the work the TMS does in bringing music education to the community, particularly the music therapy program. We commend the decision to expand their vision and property to Ohio City where they can continue their good work and provide opportunities for the underserved communities,” said Dan Brennan, Chief Operating Officer at Skylight Financial Group.

Check out the photos below from Seth’s exhibition. Seth’s art will be displayed in the Skylight Penthouse for several months.