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Arc of the Arts Studio

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The Arc of the Arts Studio This program is offered by The Arc of the Capital Area and allows artists to create their artwork in many different mediums and to professionally show and sell their artwork. This program engages artist volunteers from the community to provide regularly scheduled art classes in a socially inclusive environment for youth and adults with developmental disabilities, ages 14 and older.

The Arc of the Arts is a place of warmth and creativity, where artists have the freedom to work at their own pace, learn new skills and come one step closer to realizing their dreams of independence.

The Arc of the Capital Area professionally exhibits and markets artwork created at the studio throughout their building in quarterly art shows and at local businesses,shops, and cafes. This allows the public to view the amazing outflow of creativity from the participating teams of artists as well as the opportunity to develop a customized employment program that promotes client directed goals and self-determination.

The Arc developed the studio to promote social inclusion and to increase access to non-segregated activities for youth and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as to provide an opportunity for adults with disabilities to learn job skills and to ultimately work towards making a personal income. The Arc of the Capital Area experienced some wonderful successes during this pilot period, and we are enthused and thankful that this program is moving to the next step by becoming a full service program.


Why is this program important?
Students learn important job and life skills, such as socializing, money management and office skills, which they can use in future places of employment and as a participating members of society.

Students meet new friends, create artwork and become part of the community. The experience will give them a sense of purpose and allow them to express themselves visually and verbally.

Student artwork is sold in quarterly art shows, and artists receive a percentage of any artwork that is sold. The Arc staff ensures that all materials and training are complimentary to the learning methods and level of the client.

From Our Clients:
Thank you so much for putting together the event at Ten Thousand Villages. We had a blast! Arianne was completely in her element- chatting up customers, helping out at the register and passing out her business cards! She sold eight pillows, took two custom orders (from Sarah and Kris) and was invited to sell her pillows on a friend's online boutique. Best of all, she made a new friend in Melissa, and got her phone number!

Thank you for The Art project, and for inspiring us, and for giving our family such a wonderful night!

-Tricia, parent of artist with special needs



This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.







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