A Visual Arts Workshop Program for Adults with and without Disabilities

Program Founded in 2000 by Art Access

Designed for adults 20 and older

Come join together in the Art Access workshop space and join 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.

A Visual Arts Workshop Program for Teens with and without Disabilities

Founded in 1995 by Art Access

Designed for teens ages 13 - 19 (or up to age 22, for people with cognitive disabilities)

Join other art-minded teens at Art Access Gallery, and experience quality art guidance by professional artists. Participants will be exposed to a variety of art mediums and have an opportunity to develop new art skills. Along with developing new art skills, participants will have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed at the culminating Teen Workshop Exhibit in 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

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 public or private service organizations.

Literary Arts incorporates Writing Residencies for Adults and Teens with Disabilities, the Writers' Edge Writing Group, Desert Wanderings Literary Magazine, and Disability and Literature Book Group.

Please read more about each of these programs below.

Art Workshops for Veterans

As part of a program series for veterans, Art Access has partnered with the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to offer quality art workshops that are affordable, inclusive and accessible. Funding for these workshops is made possible in part by Salt Lake City Rotary Club 24, Kennecott Utah Copper Charitable Foundation, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Wells Fargo.

Program Founded in 1993 by Art Access

Art Access provides meaningful and inclusive arts services in all art mediums to students ages 3-22 who receive special education services at Utah public schools, as well as other disability service venues. The service is available through our partnership with the Utah State Office of Education: Special Education Services Unit.

Educators and service providers collaborate with professional artists to create residency programs, festivals, or special projects as requested by individual schools, teachers or administrators from school districts and disability or cultural service organizations statewide.

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 adult 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 AccessKC VSA C

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

Art Access Utah buys and collects art created by adult artists with disabilities. These works become part of the Art Access Permanent Collection, which is available for loan and public display, on a rotating basis, to organizations and schools statewide. Exhibits from the permanent collection are also available on a short-term basis for disability group conferences. The Permanent Collection provides opportunities for artists with disabilities to show their work and for the public to gain new appreciation for art by people with disabilities.

Program Founded in 2011 by Art Access

The Theatre Arts Program seeks to educate the public to respect and celebrate differences among all people. Appropriately themed stage productions are performed for groups of attendees, who may be school students or adults from the community. Following each production, attendees are encouraged to participate in a discussion about the performance and to address the theme of respecting differences.


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Epilepsy Alliance of Utah, Art Access, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado are excited to bring you the opportunity to express yourself through art as part of a multi-week art therapy program. You'll work with art therapist Ida Yoked (MA, ATR) and 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!

Ida Yoked is one of the founders and the director of Expressive Therapies Utah. Ida is a board-certified Art Therapist, artist and photographer. Mrs. Yoked received her Masters degree in Art therapy from Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts NYC. Before opening ETU, Ida worked extensively in the mental health systems of New York City and New Jersey, mainly with mental illness and chemical addiction. She has served as the Director of the Creative Art therapies at Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in NYC, as well as director of Project Us (a consumer operated psychosocial club House Program). In addition, she has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and has developed a multi modality approach to treatment with aphasia and stroke survivors of all ages, providing individual, group, couple and family therapy.

Studio E is open to artists of all talent levels, whether you are a professional artist of have never held a paintbrush.

Workshop Dates: Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3 & 10, 2014
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Location: Art Access @ 230 S 500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Admission: FREE with advanced registration. Class size limited to 15 participants.
Please note that this program is offered exclusively to people with epilepsy.

If you would like more information about how to sign up for Studio E, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call Margo at 801-455-6089, or call Amanda at Art Access at 801-328-0703, option 5.

Studio E is a multi-week 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 or


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