Teen Workshops

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.

Summer 2015 Workshop Dates

Mediums and teaching artists to be announced.

June 22 & 23
June 25 & 26
June 29 & 30 (provided in partnership with Utah's Hogle Zoo)
July 6 & 7
July 9 & 10

Schedule: Workshops are held annually in June and July, each two days long for 6-hours each day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Number of participants: Maximum of 12 teens per workshop

Fee: $75 per workshop (may be discounted based on need), includes art materials and lunch. Pre-registration required.

Location: Art Access, 230 South 500 West #125, Salt Lake City


Jean LaSarre Gardner
Workshops Coordinator
801-328-0703 opt. 7, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What Teen Workshop Participants Said About Their Experiences:

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"The best part of the workshop was being creative and making new friends."
"The other teens taught me to take risks with my art."
"I liked the artist's good suggestions and help, but also her willingness to let us do our own thing."
"I just wanted to push myself and do something I've never done before!"
"It was a really accepting community."
"I learned that we are all creative I our own ways and we should try to have our own styles to express ourselves.""It was so fun! Just a really good time for anyone who enjoys art."
"My expectations were greatly exceeded in this workshop."
"I liked that we go to have our art in the gallery."
"I loved working with other kids my age. I like sharing common interests."


This program is provided in part under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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