Art Enables: Outsider Art Inside the Beltway
Established in 2000, Art Enables helps its participants develop into professional artists who specialize in differing media, including acrylic paint, watercolor, colored pencil, marker, oil paint, and pastel. “Taking responsibility for their work and materials, bonding with their colleagues and teachers, and having people take their art seriously,” says founder and executive director, Joyce Muis-Lowrey, “breaks the isolation that is sometimes felt by people with disabilities.” The arts provide a certain aspect of accessibility for both artists with disabilities, and also those who view their works. Art has the power to enrich both the lives of the disabled artists and the people who appreciate their talent.
In its incredibly fluid nature, art is a perfect way for those of any ability to express themselves, overcome challenges, and find success in this expression. Perhaps Art Enables artist Clem Evans says it best: “You can’t say what you can’t do unless you really try. No matter what it looks like, just go for it!”
For more on ArtEnables, read DCCAH’s October Art News Letter.