Little City: Center for the Arts is a website that will introduce you to the imagination and talents of artists with disabilities from the Art Center of Little City Foundation of the Chicago area which provides children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their unique and creative talents, promoting a sense of accomplishment and empowerment through the arts.
National Arts and Disability Center offers information on arts programs throughout the United States for individuals with varying disabilities. Listings include organizations dedicated to offering dance, theater, visual arts and more. They also offer an on-line gallery of artwork by artists with disabilities with an opportunity to submit artwork.
SignStage Theatre based in Cleveland, Ohio performs theatrical productions enhanced by sign language for the hearing impaired throughout the United States. They also offer a national Education Program that is designed to use the arts to complement and bolster traditional curricula and to create opportunities for deaf individuals to actively participate in the arts. For more information about tour dates or about the education program, call (216) 325-7559. You may also e-mail email@example.com.
VSA Arts offers accessible arts programs through a network of local, state, national and international VSA arts organizations and affiliates. Participants can learn about dance, music, painting, writing, and much more. For more information or to find an affiliate near you, visit their website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 933-8721.
Improbable Theatre, sponsored by Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, offers training in the art of acting and an opportunity for students to perform in a play. For more information see their website.
ARTability "is an informal consortium working together to provide access to Arizona's arts." Artability acts as a bridge between arts organizations and the disability community by promoting arts activities and events and arts-related accessibility services. Their site also features links to disability-related organizations offering artistic and other services.
Able Arts Work is a private, non-profit organization located in Long Beach, California. They offer a number of programs for individuals with varying abilities that are designed to "assist the students in their personal goals and achievements through a curriculum of creative arts therapies." Their mission is to provide lifelong learning, community service and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people of all abilities and all ages in an environment of warmth, encouragement and inclusion. Able ARTS Work offers valid continuing education to further the education of board certified music therapists and other creative art therapists. For more information, call (562) 982-0247.
Creative Growth Art Center provides creative art programs, educational and independent living training, counseling and vocational opportunities for adults who are physically, mentally and emotionally disabled. For more information, call (510) 836-2340 or e-mail email@example.com.
Creativity Explored has two locations in San Francisco, California and provides opportunities for people with disabilities to create visual art. The center at 2797 16th Street, San Francisco, CA provides opportunities specifically for people with severe disabilities. This website includes links to other art centers around the world.
Exploratorium Museum, housed within San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, offers over 650 science, art, and human perception exhibits as well as a wide range of programs and events. To ensure accessibility, the museum offers the Disabled Access Program. The program ensures access to the museums exhibits, educational programs and events and also offers auditory technical assistance and sign language interpreters. For more information, call (415) 563-7337.
First Street Gallery Art Center is a program serving adults with developmental disabilities in Claremont, California. The program offers instruction on painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, collage, assemblage, and creative writing. Many of the works completed by students are exhibited in the Center's gallery and at many national and international sites. Artists can even sell their work, receiving 60 percent of the sale price. In addition to art instruction, the Center also offers instruction in social skills, self-advocacy, activities of daily living, communication and independent living skills. For more information, call (909) 626-5455.
Hope University is a fine-arts facility for adults with developmental disabilities located in Anaheim, California. Hope University offers courses in music, drama, visual arts, dance and community living skills. It is their mission to "train the talent and diminish the disability through creative-arts therapy." For information on enrollment, call (714) 778-4440 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Institute of Art and Disabilities (NIAD) Art Center is located in Richmond, California. Classes are offered five days per week, six hours per day. The student artists learn drawing and painting, printmaking, ceramics, fabric arts, creative writing and basic computer skills. NIAD also provides weekly classes in independent living skills taught by a professional in the field. For more information, call (510) 620-0290.
Kaleidoscope, a musical theater program located in Sarasota, Florida, offers adults with developmental disabilities classes in singing, movement, acting and art. Upon completing class instruction, all students are invited to perform at a local regional theater. For more information, call (941) 355-8808.
Music for Special People is a Chicago Park District based music program for individuals with developmental disabilities. For individuals with a primary intellectual or developmental disability/primary physical disability of visual impairment. Participants learn the fundamentals of music: singing, playing instruments, listening and discovering the fun of music. This program has been designed to stimulate each participant by encouraging teamwork and self-esteem. For more information, visit their website.
Victory Gardens Theater located in Chicago, Illinois offers accessibility in each of its four theaters. The Victory Gardens mainstage is equipped with the Audiolink Personal Listening System to serve the hearing impaired. Additional offerings include Braille and large print programs. A great number of performances are designated as "access performances" each month. Advance ticket reservations are recommended. For more information, call (773) 871-3000 or (773) 871-0682 (TTY) or e-mail email@example.com.
Stepping Stone Community Theatre, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in Shrewsbury and serving people in the Central Massachusetts area. It is one of a handful of theater companies in the US whose members include individuals with and without disabilities. For more information, contact this theater company at P.O. Box 4216, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, or Phone: (508) 753-2588.
VSA Arts of Massachusetts promotes inclusion of people with disabilities in our communities and develops effective arts-based teaching strategies that allow students with and without disabilities to learn together. They are partners with schools, universities, community theaters, museums and large and small cultural organizations in every field. VSAM is a leader in the VSA arts international network founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith and affiliated with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They have a guide to over 200 accessible arts and entertainment opportunities throughout the State of Massachusetts for people with disabilities. Contact VSA Massachusetts at 2 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, Phone: (617) 350-7713, (617) 350-6836 (TTY), Fax: (617) 482-4298 or send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upstream Arts uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. Their vision is to change mindsets about ability and disability and promote more connected and engaged communities by increasing intentional opportunities for shared creative experiences. Their programming integrates individuals with cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities into multidisciplinary arts residencies designed to develop skills vital to success in school, work, and life. Their local professional artists teach fundamental skills in a variety of art forms — including acting, music, poetry, visual artist, and dance — through fun activities that nurture self-expression, conversation, and group participation. Participants usually meet for 1-2 hours weekly over a designated period of time, often in a setting where they already receive services. Tor more information contact Upstream Arts, Inc., 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407, phone (612) 331-4584 or send email to email@example.com
Visible Theatre Inc. offers the True Story Project, a theatre training program primarily for artists with disabilities. Students are taught and mentored year-round by professional, able-bodied and disabled artists. Areas of study include relaxation for the stage, improvisation, movement, voice and speech, scene study, playwriting, text analysis, storytelling, comedy and poetry. These activities will culminate in an original production, written and performed by the student actors. For more information, call (212) 946-6328 or e-mail Visibletheatre@aol.com .
Dancing Wheels is one of the nation’s premier modern dance companies that integrates professional stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers. The company was founded in 1980 by president and founding director, Mary Verdi-Fletcher, who is considered a pioneer in the field of integrated dance. Throughout the last two decades, Dancing Wheels has performed, taught and inspired children and adults of all abilities around the world. In the United States, the company presents over 100 performances reaching audiences of 125, 000 each year through its educational outreach lecture/performances, residencies, mainstage repertory concerts and full length story ballets such as The Snowman. Dancing Wheels, 3615 Euclid Avenue, Third Floor, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
VSA Arts of Texas, Arts for All program strives to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. They are dedicated to the mission of promoting the creative power in people with disabilities by working with all community members to facilitate full access to the cultural and educational arts. VSA Arts of Texas is a member of the international network of VSA arts. For more information contact, VSA arts of Texas, 3710 Cedar Street #7 Austin, Texas 78705, Local phone: 512-454-9912, Toll free: 1-866-489-8412 or Fax: 512-454-1944.
Lake Country Fine Arts School and Gallery, 112 W. Capitol in Hartland, Wisconsin offers Adaptive Clay classes for people of all ages that have developmental or physical disabilities. The classes are offered two consecutive Saturdays each month from 10:00AM to 11:30AM and are wheelchair accessible. The cost is $15 per day, however, you will be encouraged to take both classes for $30 so you may start your clay piece in the first class and glaze it in the second class. For dates of classes for each month, schedule of clay pieces to be made, or to register, call (262) 367-2900.
Studio 84 A Creative Focus on Abilities through the Arts. Studio 84 is a non profit art studio in downtown Whitewater, Wisconsin that provides experiences in the arts for the community. They specialize in the creative and vocational development of people with disabilities including those with Autism, physical disabilities, cognitive limitations and mental illness. They have created an environment of inclusion, open to all ages and all abilities. They offer a Visual Arts Program, an Art Gift Shop and Art Gallery for their students. This Studio shows the example of how the arts can give people with disabilities the opportunity to learn new things and learn the skills to take on life's challenges with confidence. The students become artists. The studio was started by executive director, Deborah. For more information, call 262-473-9845 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
VSA Arts of Wisconsin is located in Madison, Wisconsin and is a branch of Very Special Arts Worldwide. The website describes the VSA Wisconsin programs and the VSA Wisconsin Ameritech Art Gallery and includes a Disability Resource Guide and a VSA Wisconsin Newsletter. The Wisconsin programs include Artist-in-Residence offering Creative Writing, Dance and Drama, The Children's and Adult Art Collection, an online art gallery, Choir, Marching Band, Training and an Art Center that supplements activities such as supported employment for adults with disabilities. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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