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ARTS ACCESS

The mission of Arts Access is to provide individuals with disabilities the freedom to create in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

ARTS ACCESS

The mission of Arts Access is to provide individuals with disabilities the freedom to create in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

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CREATE ART WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

PAINTING  ·  SCULPTURE  ·  DIGITAL PAINTING  ·  DANCE  ·  DRAMA  ·  POETRY  ·  CREATIVE WRITING

James Lane Working on a Painting

Matheny’s Arts Access program empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can take part in the visual, performing and literary arts. Regardless of their disability, clients are provided with the tools and materials needed to produce complete pieces of work.

While freedom of choice is often limited in other areas of their lives, it is encouraged at Arts Access. Clients choose everything from the paint color and brush stroke to a dance or theatrical movement to the written word. The program makes this possible by bringing participants together with professional artist facilitators.

The facilitators are working professionals in their area of expertise who have been trained to be the arms and legs of the disabled clients. They consciously maintain a sense of neutrality throughout the creative process. The facilitators provide a process for the client artists to create works that are purely their own.

Arts Access provides clients with a nurturing environment for expression; a chance to interact with other artists; and an opportunity for performance and exhibition. The Arts Access program is a vehicle through which disabled individuals can have their ideas, imagination and creativity come to life.

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NEWS & EVENTS

Plays By People 2020

As with all of the arts, live theatre enriches our lives, giving us opportunities to connect to other people and see the world through their eyes. Arts Access is thrilled to once again participate in the New Jersey’s largest celebration of live theater with New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages [...]

Access-ABILITY 2020

The arts have incredible potential to enrich our lives and everyone deserves equal opportunities to enjoy the benefits. This is why Arts Access was so excited to participate for the third time in Morris Museum’s pioneering Access-ABILITY programing. Work from 15 talented Arts Access artists was shown alongside work from [...]

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VISIT THE ART SHOP

We at Arts Access are extremely proud of the extensive body of work created by the talented artists in our program. Our shop contains original work, prints, and merchandise.

All proceeds from the sale of a work are split evenly between the program and the artist.