Paint palette and brushYears ago, while representing INDEX as a vendor at the Federation Conference, I bought a beautiful silk scarf from Jessica Vohs of JessiArts. This scarf is one of my most treasured accessories as I have worn  it to countless weddings and dress up events.

Doing this week’s blog has opened my eyes to other artists with disabilities and the organizations that support them. The following is a list of upcoming events and resources for artists in Massachusetts.

Resources, Exhibitions & Employment

Contact:  Bonnie Kaplan, Cultural Access Director and Boston ARTreach  Coordinator at

  • Artists Beyond Challenges (ABC)
    A diverse group of artists working with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) to achieve professional development, self support, and independence through exhibitions, networking, and marketing.  Contact: Lisa Weber, Program Coordinator (617) 204-3638 or

Art Programs

  • Gateway Arts Brookline, MA
    is a Vinfen art service for over 100 adults with disabilities. Includes fine art, jewelry, pottery, fabric painting, weaving, paper graphics, and folk art. Store, art gallery & studio on site.
    Contact: Gateway Arts at 617-734-1577 or
  • Community Access to the Arts  Great Barrington, MA
    Workshops include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and set & costume design.  Held September thru May.  Contact: Adrienne Brown, Program Coordinator, at (413) 528-5485 or email To make an appointment to view the art gallery, call CATA at (413) 528-5485 or
  • EMARC’s The Center for Emerging Artists Reading, MA
    Welcomes individuals , ages 22 and up, to explore their artistic talents. Must be DDS and MassHealth eligible. Artwork is available to the general public including paintings, greeting cards, furniture, jewelry, t-shirts and more.
    Contact:  Amy Ruiter, Director at 781-944-4888, Ext. 5037 or
  • Special Needs Arts Program, Inc. (SNAP)
    Offers Saturday art and craft classes for adults ages 20+.  Activities include painting, drawing, day work, fabric painting and a variety of seasonal and holiday crafts.  Classes led by Special Education Teacher Michelle Shofield. Contact: Jill O’Reilly at
  •  The Artists of GWArc
    Arts programming has been primarily available to participants in GWArc‘s day programs; now offering future arts programs to all.  Contact: GWArc at 781-899-1344 or

Upcoming Event

VSA Massachusetts has partnered with The Kennedy Center to bring the 2012, “Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability” Conference (LEAD) to Boston August 21 – 24, 2012.  Events will take place at The Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, and other locations throughout Boston.  Complete details are available at The Kennedy Center’s website.