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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
On a recent walk through the studio, we happened to glimpse this in progress painting by Andy Lash. The large canvas is full of bright and vibrant lines of color, with a light a subtle texture from the paint application. A few diagonal lines are just starting to be applied [...]
Drama facilitator, Mike Christie, proposed a new idea a couple months ago. The artists working in the Arts Access drama program are passionate about their work, but don’t often have the opportunity to see live theatre performances. Many artists recognize the importance of seeing the work of their contemporaries; the [...]
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.