VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is pleased to host Colorado’s first Art-O-Mat machine. The Art-O-Mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend original, affordable and accessible art. Each piece of art from the machine is an original pocket sized piece. There are over 100 active Art-O-Mat machines across the country. What an easy way to start an art collection!
Not only is the machine fun and slightly addicting (although much less than cigarettes) the project supports VSA Colorado/Access Gallery’s ongoing Artworks program. The top row of the machine has works from our teens and the bottom row features works from local and nationally known artists. Over the summer teens with disabilities in our Artworks program created their first editions for the Art-O-Mat machine. Each teen learned about simple economics, how to create sellable art and each will earn from the sale of the pieces. So not only can you buy an original piece of art for $5.00 you help a teen gain job skills.
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Supported by the Alison Wera-Smith memorial fund.
Who are we?
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts.
VSA is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. Nearly five million people with disabilities participate in VSA arts programs each year through affiliate programs in each state and over sixty countries worldwide.
VSA Colorado was established in 1978 and has continues to thrive today. Each year VSA Colorado serves nearly ten thousand people with disabilities, their families and those that work with them
VSA Guiding Principles
Every young person with a disability deserves access to appropriate arts learning experiences.
All artists in schools and art educators should be appropriately prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction.
All children, youth and adults with disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities.
All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.
VSA Colorado is a full affiliate of VSA arts operating in the geographic confines of the State of Colorado. Visit the VSA National Office website.