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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

Studio Spotlight: Chris Palmer

Illustration by Chris Palmer One could easily come away with a sense of joy and wonder from viewing Chris Palmer’s illustrations and paintings. Drawing inspiration from comic books, television, and movies, Chris creates his compositions entirely from memory while maintaining many recognizable details from iconic pop-culture subjects. [...]

Studio Spotlight: Chet Cheesman

“I love to paint . . . all of my paintings are in my head before I do them.” Digital rendering and physical fabrication of Chet's sculpture "Nightlight" Chet was among the first artists to participate in Arts Access, over 25 years ago. In that time, he [...]

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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.