Arts in Context

Local artists with disabilities create, craft and sell work at Arc of the Arts

Local artists with disabilities get the spotlight at Arc of the Arts

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context Shorts. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

This month, Arts in Context Shorts takes a look at an art education program that gives real career opportunities for people with disabilities. Arc of the Arts Studio & Gallery, located at 4902 Grover Ave., teaches artists to refine their craft and provides a retail outlet to sell their works, thus providing an artistic bridge between artists with developmental challenges and the community.

The mission of Arc of the Arts is to highlight the capabilities and creativity of our disabled neighbors. With a boost in confidence, these Austinites are able to redefine their label from “disabled” to “artist." In addition to a dynamic identity, artists are given an opportunity to talk about their work while developing stronger social and interpersonal skills.

On October 22, Arc of the Arts is holding the 15th Annual Building Bridges Art Celebration and Auction. This gala highlights the talent of the Arc of the Arts artists and features more than 150 original artworks from both Arc of the Arts artists and local artists.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Arc of the Arts bridges local artists with disabilities and the greater art community. Photo by KLRU/Arts in Context Shorts