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.
"The ARK 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 ARK 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." -Arika Long