Arts, Culture & Humanities
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Access Gallery's Summer Program is an important piece of our work and the entry point for many of our artists. Each summer we conduct the 8-week program, focusing on creative careers for young adults with disabilities. With the selected students, Access Gallery explores the Denver art scene, exposes them to creative careers, and builds valuable skills such as self-advocacy, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Access Gallery has been running our summer program for eight year reaching over 120 high school students with disabilities - each year including 10-15 participants. This is a main entry point for many artists to join Access Gallery's programming, with approximately 25% of students staying on longer term us and participating in our ongoing ArtWorks program that aims to create economic opportunity for the artists. This program leads to many connections to professional networks and resources that open up new experiences to our students.
Blind & Vision Impaired
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Our ArtWorks program is a unique job readiness model for teens with disabilities and we provide a range of offerings for participants. Various sessions allow them to work on individual projects as well as participate in group/collaborative projects, teaching teamwork and collaboration. Many teens with disabilities do not have the opportunity to work in collaborative and or team settings. We find that by working to create the work in a team setting the teens become less isolated and more supportive of each other. Ideally the project encourages more cooperation and less competition.
Individual projects include our critically-acclaimed Art-o-mat machine (a retired cigarette vending machine) that now vends art produced by our teens, as well as our Pet Portraits commissioning program. Collaborative projects include groups of disabled teens creating commissioned artwork for corporations as well as artwork for sale in our Access Gallery. Our Artworks Corporate Venture is by far the fastest growing part of our ArtWorks program. Through this program we will employ 75 students giving them the opportunity to earn hourly pay and/or commissioned based pay through the production of 20 commissioned corporate art pieces.
We have tripled this program in last year.