Programs

Program Founded in 2000 by Art Access

Designed for adults with and without disabilities, ages 19 and older

Come join together in the Art Access workshop space with other art-minded adults to experience a day of creating art, guided by professional artists. Each year this series of five workshops offers a variety of art medium and an opportunity to develop new art skills.

Founded in 1995 by Art Access

Designed for teens with and without disabilities, ages 12 - 18 (or up to age 22, for people with cognitive disabilities)

The teen years can be a period of change, uncertainty, isolation, and stress for young men and women, especially those with disabilities. We also believe that these same teens can find a sense of community, develop transferable and long-lasting life skills, and flourish in the nurturing, creative, and productive environment of an art workshop taught by a professional artist. The Art Access Teen Workshops are the only visual arts workshops in the Salt Lake City area designed with the needs of teens with disabilities in mind. Six two-day workshops are offered annually in June and July and culminate with an annual exhibit in Art Access Gallery each August. 

"The first thing he said as we were leaving (the workshop) was 'When do I get to come back for the next class?' That is a lot coming from (him)."  Father of Teen Workshop participant who rarely speaks.

Program Founded in 1995 by Art Access

Disability service providers collaborate with professional artists to create residency programs as requested by disability or cultural service organizations. Each residency is designed to accommodate the unique needs of the requesting organization's clients. Artistic residency activities include an array of visual, performing, and literary arts.

This fully participatory program provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to be creatively engaged and to have direct access to professionals in the arts. Residencies are conducted year-round for groups of adults at community partner venues where adults with disabilities live or gather, such as rehabilitation centers, care centers, senior centers and other disability service organizations.

Literary Arts incorporates our Desert Wanderings Literary Magazine, Creative Writing Residencies & Workshops, Writers' Edge Writing Group, and Disability & Literature Book Group.

Founded in 2012 by Art Access

Art Access partners with the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to host a series of art workshops for veterans. Workshops are open to veterans of the U.S. Military. Space is limited to twelve participants per each 4-week workshop session. Four sessions are offered annually. We also recently developed a new partnership with the University of Utah's Veterans Support Center to offer creative writing workshops to student veterans, as well as veterans from the broader community. Workshops in 2015 will focus on writing short memoir. We will also host a book group featuring texts by female veterans, as well as an inaugural annual exhibition and literary salon that will publically feature participant artwork and creative writing.

Program Founded in 1993 by Art Access

The Integrated Arts in Schools program was established in 1993 through a contract with the Utah State Office of Educationʼs Special Education Services. Since its inception, the program has provided inclusive arts education services in all art mediums to students, ages 3-22, who receive special education services in Utah public schools, as well as in other disability service venues. Educators and service
providers collaborate with professional artists to create residency programs, special projects, and festivals as requested by individual schools or teachers and administrators from school districts and disability or cultural service organizations. Each project is specifically designed to accommodate the unique needs of the requesting school and its targeted students. Arts education activities include an array of visual, performing (dance/movement), and literary arts. All residencies include an in-service component to help educators continue applying arts programming in their classrooms after their project concludes.

Program Founded in 1994 by Art Access

The Partners Program serves artists with disabilities and other adults with life circumstances that preclude them from fully participating in the arts community. Talented emerging artists with disabilities are matched with professional artists for one-on-one mentoring. Participating apprentice artists receive guidance on developing technique and make vital connections to the local arts community -- fostering growth and creating possibility for skillful and rewarding participation in the arts.

Program Adopted in 2011 by Art Access

Designed for children whose chronological and/or cognitive age is 5 to 12, the Kindred Spirits program offers young participants an opportunity to engage creatively in a variety of visual arts projects in an inclusive environment. By integrating children with and without disabilities, Kindred Spirits works to eliminate barriers, empower participants and foster growth.

Founded in 2002 by Art Access in partnership with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Everyone Welcome is an education program for docents and staff of Utah's museums. The goal of Everyone Welcome is to create awareness and understanding of accessibility and disability issues to foster a welcoming environment for museum visitors with disabilities. The program examines the language used regarding disability, and explores attitudes and strategies for achieving a climate of inclusion. Trainings highlight the importance of the arts for people of all abilities.

Program Founded in 1991 by Art Access

The mission of Art Access is to provide equal opportunities to inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts. To promote this mission, the organization purchases and collects artwork from local artists with disabilities. This body of work is named The Permanent Collection and currently includes over 150 pieces of original art. 

Artwork from the collection is available for short-term loan and public display at no cost to the host location. 

Program Founded in 2011 by Art Access

 

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Epilepsy Alliance of Utah and Art Access are excited to bring you the opportunity to express yourself through art as part of the Stuidio E art therapy program. Participants will work with an art therapist, as well as other people with epilepsy, in a group setting to create art pieces using visual art mediums. Strengthen your artistic voice and learn from others in an open, welcoming environment!

Studio E is open to artists of all talent levels, whether you are a professional artist of have never held a paintbrush. This program is offered exclusively to people living with epilepsy.

Art Therapy for Adults

Dates:   Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015

Time:     10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Children’s Art Therapy Summer Camp

Dates:   Daily, August 3 - 7

Time:     9:30 am to Noon

Admission: FREE with advanced registration. Class size is limited to 15 participants. 

All workshops will be held in the Art Access workshops space at 230 S 500 W, #110 in Salt Lake City.

If you would like more information about how to sign up for Studio E, please email call Margo at 801-455-6089, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Studio E is a an art therapy program open to people with epilepsy in 30 U.S. cities, where participants are given the opportunity to creatively express themselves and their emotions. Living with epilepsy can be challenging and art therapy may be beneficial in working through how the condition impacts an individual's life. For more detailed information about this national program, visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org/studioe  or www.yourpartnerinepilepsy.com.

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