The Art Garage offers art-based programs that inspire, empower and promote creative self-expression by people of all ages and backgrounds. On-site studio workshops and exhibitions engage the greater Denver community and outreach is provided to those who are under-served, at-risk and for people with disabilities to ensure the artistic process is fully accessible and inclusive for all.
Originally founded in 2006 as a for-profit community arts center in a converted mechanic's garage, The Art Garage provided classes and workshops for the Park Hill neighborhood in Denver. At that time, the primary focus was to provide opportunities for professional artists to instruct classes and workshops and share their expertise with a greater community.
In 2012, The Art Garage transitioned into a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to broaden outreach, increase program impact and collaborate with partner organizations and schools to meet the needs of diversified demographics throughout Metro Denver. We currently offer a variety of high-quality art education classes, specialized workshop series and summer art camps taught by an impressive roster of experienced teaching artists for students of all ages (toddlers - senior citizens) and varied ability levels. Students are encouraged to experiment with art materials in a safe, nonjudgmental environment while learning art techniques, studio elements, artistic genres and fostering their creative self-expression.
Annually, we engage approximately 4,500 participants through workshops, classes, art camps and private events at both our onsite art studios and offsite at partner and school locations.
"Our family loves the Art Garage and can't wait to get back there! We've been loving your at home kids' projects and you tube videos. Thanks for keeping us engaged and busy for a little bit during our days at home!!"
"We are so grateful for the Art Garage! We are lucky enough to live only blocks away and we participate in classes regularly! What a great idea to offer craft kids during this time of isolation! Thank you for all you do for this community!"
"The Art Garage has been a very healing space for me. Having the ability to come every week to get support, try out new art techniques, and express myself through art has been an important part of my healing process. I am so grateful to all The Art Garage does to support me and the other members of the community. I know I couldn't have made it so far in my healing in the last year without the support of this space and its staff."
Allie, Community Engagement Program artist
"I've learned it's okay to be vulnerable and show my creations. Trauma makes it easy to hide any vulnerable feelings or self expressions. Art has made it easier to rewrite that narrative."
Wings Foundation Member
"The kids always had a better day when starting off the day at The Art Garage. They really enjoyed the experience and the positive alternative way to express themselves."
Lynn, staff member from participating residential organization.
"The program through The Art Garage is a gift to the women I serve.
They are women in the toughest of situations- drug and alcohol-addicted,
often homeless, pregnant, often severely traumatized. I watch core issues
they bring of damaged self-expression, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and
self-compassion get gently worked with through the support and guidance
of highly engaged and skillful facilitators. The best part is that it doesn't
feel to my clients like "work" or "therapy," but a break where they have
a chance to create and play."
Testimonial from a therapist of one of The Art Garage's participants
"Art is essential to life and opens doors one did not even know existed."
Melanie, adult student
"This was a great experience, it's so nice to have an
instructor who gets our daughter."