The Artability program provides free expressive arts workshops to the general public to promote mental health in our community. Artability workshops provide a safe and supportive space for people to explore their creativity, try something new, and explore a variety of materials and modalities. The workshops are also a great way to connect with others, socialize, and build 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. All workshops are designed to be accessible to all, regardless of previous experience or ability.
Changes to Artability During 2020
We hope that each of you are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Due to COVID-19 this spring, we suspended all Artability workshops and made the decision to cancel the Artability Art Show this year.
This decision was made to maintain the health and safety of our community, teaching artists, and staff. The Artability Art Show is an important celebration of art in the mental health community and although we are saddened that we will not be able to come together for the show this year, we are hopeful for the future.
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.
As we move forward and strive to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, we are committed to identifying new and creative ways to offer quality arts programming within this new climate. With this in mind, we are excited to announce a number of new initiatives and opportunities.
The Artability Team
Our Commitment to Engaged and Rigorous Dialogue and Sustainable Change
As a community mental health provider, we are comprehensively aware of the trauma that exists in our community, particularly in communities of color and in other historically marginalized groups. We will never waver in our commitment to dignity, respect, and acceptance of individuals regardless of race, disability, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic status, or country of origin. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or violence that targets any individual or cohort, and we support the application of justice.
People Incorporated has long served individuals that experience marginalization, disregard, and discrimination. We are painfully aware of the significant numbers of those we serve that live with systemic and historic trauma, and we have strived to make this trauma awareness an active part of the important work we do with these individuals. We’re committed to this dialogue and the opportunities to learn and grow.
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.