January 28, 2021
People Incorporated’s Artability program has been a core part of our programming for 25 years. This program provides free art workshops to any individual in the community experiencing mental illness. In addition, the Artability program provides ongoing art therapy to our various crisis, treatment, and residential programs.
In response to the social distancing and group size requirements of COVID-19, People Incorporated had to temporarily suspend in-person classes. Although we were able to continue offering some options to our internal People Incorporated programs through virtual meeting platforms, we wanted to build a more user-friendly, long-lasting option for our community. After months of hard work and development, we’re excited to announce that Artability On-Demand launched and is now available online!
Artability On-Demand is a free online library of short art, music and mindfulness videos. On-Demand videos include creative activities that encourage expression, exploration, and reflection. A variety of themes and topics will be explored through both visual art and music offerings. Artability On-Demand provides our community with opportunities to engage in art-making and music exploration from the safety and comfort of your computer, phone, or tablet. This program is accessible, regardless of the types of art supplies or media you have available on-hand.
“In this time of uncertainty, we know that creativity can be a powerful way to cope and find strength in the face of challenges. It is important, perhaps now more than ever, that we take the time to reflect, create, and play through expressive arts,” says Corilyn Wagner, Artability Programming Coordinator & Teaching Artist.