ArtWorks University of Arizona
ArtWorks is a day program and art studio providing instruction in the arts and life skills to adults with disabilities, in a setting where all persons are respected and valued. The staff of professional artists provides exposure to a variety of media including drawing, painting, creative movement, music, ceramics, fiber arts and movie making. University students in a variety of disciplines participate in ArtWorks as well. This broad-spectrum approach allows for a rich experience where each of the artists is able to explore his/her creativity within a safe, person-centered environment. Art projects are customized for the individual in order to achieve the greatest possible range of expression. Gallery openings and movie premieres are held annually in order to promote public interaction with the artists and their phenomenal finished works.
In addition to fine art, the artists practice life skills, focusing on personal hygiene, health awareness, social interchange and reading. Each individual is encouraged to explore his/her responsibilities towards others. Independence and interdependence are facilitated within a safe, culturally sensitive environment where the unique disposition of each individual is taken into account, with the goal being to expand interpersonal awareness and reduce isolation.