Current Access Gallery Programs
Access Gallery is unique in the state, promoting the creative power of people with disabilities by focusing specifically on the power of visual art. We work to achieve the following:
- Every young person with a disability deserves access to appropriate arts learning experiences.
- Individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers and to make money through their art should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.
- All artists in schools and art educators should be appropriately prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction.
- All individuals with disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities.
Here are all of the current programs that Access Gallery features throughout the year.
The cornerstone of our work is the Access Gallery. Our exhibits include work by emerging or established artists with disabilities; group shows created by artists representing a particular disability/type of practice; shows exploring the theme of disability culture or how disability is viewed by society; and shows representing the various programs and projects sponsored by Access Gallery. (First &Third Fridays, 5-8pm)
An area of strong growth for us, this out-of-school program helps disabled teens and young adults explore a variety of work options in the arts, teaches workplace skills, and involves the teens and young adults in advocacy and policy making on issues that are relevant to their lives. Activities these individuals participate in include: Corporate Art Commissions (collaborative projects), Art-o-Mat (pocket-sized art), Pet Portraits (individual commissions), and our entrepreneurship store. (Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10am – 2pm, August – May)
Community Arts Program
The Community Arts Program brings community participants into our studio for 1-8 hour workshops, averaging 15 students per workshop. Participants come from PASA Programs/Easter Seals and other disability groups that participate in short and longer term art making experiences. Most of our workshops are done at Access Gallery; however, we do on occasions bring our workshops out to other sites. (Tuesdays, 10am-2pm, January – April & September – December)
Artist in Residence Program
The Artist in Residence program sends artists into schools for a more in-depth learning experience.
Arts Community Education
Access Gallery provides workshops and training sessions for arts organizations covering accessibility.
Respite in the Arts
During this time families drop off loved ones to take a break and allow their family members the opportunity to participate in individual and community art making in a fun, safe and social environment. (2nd Saturdays, 10:30am – 2:30pm, September – May)
Summer Job Development Program
This program is for youth between the ages of 15 and 21. Students meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 3:00pm This is an intensive skill and job readiness program where students explore: self-advocacy, exposure to a wide range of creative career options, collaborative art making and general job skills development. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10am-3pm, 10 weeks during June-August)
Enrollment: to learn more about participating in Access Gallery programs, review our enrollment document here.