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We strive to inspire students of all ages through classes in the visual arts, cultivating avenues of self expression, personal achievement and life enrichment that come with mastering art techniques.
We also provide the professional training necessary for emerging artists to compete on the retail market and to share their creativity with the world as artists who happen to live with disabilities.
Arts Unbound (AU) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000. We are dedicated to the artistic achievement of individuals living with physical, developmental or mental disabilities. AU empowers the artist as they engage the competitive retail market through our art education classes, workshops and vocational training in the visual arts. Artwork created in group classes or through individual effort is displayed in our gallery for community exhibitions. The proceeds from all sales are divided between the artist and AU. We in turn use those proceeds to further the marketing opportunities for our clients.
Our programs provide instruction in a variety of artistic methods of expression from painting to comic books. Our highly competent staff is prepared to work with the students we serve as mentors as well as teachers. Our flexible programs allow us to provide group and private classes, in order to meet the needs of the people we serve.
For students who are emerging artists, we support creative growth and professionalism through vocational training. There have been several Arts Unbound artists who have achieved national recognition through prominent New York galleries and museums such as the Smithsonian Institution.
In addition to training evolving artists, our programs have a component to provide additional vocational training in the area of arts business and industry. We often hire interns and hourly workers in our office and retail store.
The organization currently serves youth (age five and up), adults and senior citizens with mental illness, developmental, and physical disabilities. Arts Unbound programs reach up to 200 individuals monthly in our studios or at various off-site locations in Essex, Union and Morris counties, including public and special schools, senior centers and agencies serving people with disabilities and at-risk youth. We have a robust senior program to provide recreational art activities, art instruction and retail opportunities through classes at senior centers. Our ultimate goal is to provide opportunities for interested people with disabilities statewide..