Resources for Adaptive Artists
Art Beyond Sight Collaborative
The Art Beyond Sight Collaborative is an international collaborative
of community-based groups and local affiliates of national agencies;
museums and other arts-related organizations; elementary and high
schools; colleges and universities; national and inter-national
advocacy groups; and blind, visually impaired, and sighted art enthusiasts.
The collaborative provides a forum for ongoing interdisciplinary
dialogues among researchers and practitioners, who share expertise
and materials. On the local level, we assist museum professionals
and other educators; parents; artists; and art lovers to create
vehicles for lasting change in their communities.
Art Institute of Chicago
Visit the Art Institute's beautiful online exhibits. The Museum
is completely wheelchair-accessible and incorporates many programs
for people with disabilities, including guided tours for blind and
visually-impaired patrons, and signed interpreters for those with
Art over Disability
The MDA Art Collection promotes the work of artists with neuromuscular
Association for Mouth and Foot Painting
Artists in Atlanta (AMFPA)
AMFPA is an international association comprised of extraordinary
self-supporting artists who paint either with the mouth or the foot.
Since the U.S. office of AMFPA in Atlanta does not have its own
official Web site, I am listing artist, Dennis Francesconi's site.
Dennis is a full-member of AMFPA and he provides useful information
about the organization.
Explore AMFPA in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and German.
Art Disability Expession, Exhibit of VSA
Artists are creating enticing new work that reflects their experiences
with disabilities. This exhibition explores the historical, emotional
and sociological influences that have inspired their artistic expression.
Collectively, their art reflects aspects of the universal human
condition, such as the desire for dignity and equality, the celebration
of individuality and the ability to find meaning in all of life's
Extensions for Independence
Designer and manufacturer of home and office-related equipment for
the disableda motorized easel, mouth-stick brush holder, and
many other useful adaptive tools for artists and others.
Fine Art Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are comprised of the de Young
Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park,
the largest public arts institution in the City of San Francisco.
The Legion of Honor is fully accessible, as will be the de Young
Museum (still under construction). Read about the many programs
and collections on this site.
Musee de Louvre
Even if you can't fly to Paris, you can visit the Louvre's online
exhibits and learn about the artists and history of the Museum and
Palace. The Cyber Louvre opened in 1998 and provides an opportunity
to become familiar with the Louvre collections and history.
Museum of Fine ArtsBoston
Besides having one of the finest collections in the world, including
online galleries, the Museum is committed to making both the museum
and its activities accessible to visitors with disabilities. The
MFA's programs exemplify the year-round opportunities for participants
of all ages and abilities, including a program for visitors who
are blind or have low vision that provides an exciting opportunity
for tactile exploration of selected sculpture and furniture in the
galleries. Participatory and interactive programs are also available.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Explore the vast collections of online art from one of the greatest
museums worldwide. The Metro also offers many programs for disabled
patrons. See above link for detailed information
The National Arts and Disability Center
(NADC) at UCLA
NADCs mission is to promote the full inclusion of artists
and audiences with disabilities into all facets of the arts. The
organization offers an extensive review of resources and free technical
assitance for artists and arts organizations. The NADC spearheads
a national initiative, the Statewide Forums on Careers in the Arts,
in conjunction with VSA Arts and the National Endowment for the
Arts, to advance career opportunities for individuals with disabilities
in the arts
NIAD Art Center
The National Institute of Art and Disabilities (NIAD) is an innovative
visual arts center serving adults with developmental and physical
disabilities. Located just 6 miles north of Berkeley in Richmond,
California, NIAD serves up to 50 adults each day from diverse cultural,
ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Some beautiful work exhibited
Founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith as an affiliate of
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, VSA arts is
an International organization that creates learning opportunities
through the arts for people with disabilities. The organization
offers arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama,
music and the visual arts implemented primarily through our vast
affiliate network in 39 states and the District of Columbia,
collaborators in 10 states, and 70 international affiliates in 67
countries. VSA arts' programs now serve 4.3 million Americans and
1.3 million people in other parts of the world. (Look for VSA's
upcoming feature on Adaptive Art.)
Infinitec encourages visitors to explore
the many disability arts-related organizations found online and
in your telephone directorythey are too numerous to list here,
but will always make you smile as you discover all the work that's
going on the world over!