The Artability program provides free workshops and hosts an annual art show for the general public to promote mental health in our community. Artability creates a space for people to tap into the creativity within themselves, free of expectations or judgments. The arts can be a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, personal growth, and a bit of fun. Our workshops and art shows are designed to be accessible to all, regardless of previous experience or ability.
People Incorporated is providing Artability Workshops in Minneapolis and St. Paul – leading up to an art show in the fall of 2022. Each workshop will be an open studio in an atmosphere of creativity, expression, and encouragement. Open Studio is an opportunity to paint, play, and learn together with other artists. A teaching artist will be there to help answer questions, offer guidance, and provide feedback on your work. Art materials are available to share, and we are accepting submissions of drawings and paintings for the art show at any workshop, including art created during the pandemic. Stretched canvas is accepted, and framing will be provided.
Artability Teaching Artist, Jenny Stice
Jenny Stice ( she/they) has been a teaching artist in Minnesota and Wisconsin for over 11 years. They’re skilled in numerous art techniques but specialize in watercolor and fiber arts. Jenny believes that a meaningful art practice can’t be limited by a person’s age, ability, or experience and enjoys guiding students to recognize their creative potential. In their spare time, Jenny loves to create artwork influenced by cephalopods and other water creatures.
Artability Teaching Artist, Tessa Weyhe
I have been a teaching artist both in and out of educational settings for 10 years. Although I dabble in many different mediums, my very favorites are acrylic painting and darkroom photography. The best part about art, though, is that it is a catalyst for releasing hard emotions and a process for feeling good ones. We are so lucky we get to live in this beautiful world in which there is always something more to explore and appreciate, and the Artability program is an excellent resource to that end!
Our Artability On-Demand programming, featuring short, free art, mindfulness, and music videos, can be accessed in the comfort of your home.
Our 2021 Artability Show Virtual Edition premiere took place on November 5, 2021, at 3 p.m. on our Facebook and YouTube channels and our website.
How Artability Changes Lives
“My life is so rich, and it is because of People Incorporated. They’ve given me a way to express my gifts and a way to recognize that I do have gifts.” We are grateful to Susan for sharing her story of recovery with us, revealing how the Artability program helped save her life. This program exists because people like you give to People Incorporated. Art, music, movement, and other wellness programs at People Incorporated have a much higher demand than our financial resources can provide. Your support would allow us to bring Artability and our wellness services to more people in recovery from their mental illness. You can help people like Susan by giving a gift of only $50 to purchase supplies for an Artability class.