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CREATE ART WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
PAINTING · SCULPTURE · DIGITAL PAINTING · DANCE · DRAMA · POETRY · CREATIVE WRITING
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.
NEWS & EVENTS
"During this difficult time, my artwork is still coming to life." - Isabell Villacis Nothing stops the creativity of the Arts Access artists! Not even months of quarantine and social distancing. Over the past few months, Arts Access has adapted the facilitation process in order to continue serving our [...]
On Monday, August 24th, the Arts Access Program at Matheny, JSDD’s WAE Center, and Rutgers NJMS came together for the virtual artists reception for the 10th annual Rutgers NJMS Collaborative ARTS Exhibit. This year was the first time the exhibition and the reception were both held online. The exhibit [...]
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.