Simply ArtAble is a 501c3 non-profit art studio whose
mission it is to provide rewarding art
programming for people of all ages and to be inclusive of all abilities and
disabilities. Simply ArtAble recognizes each individual’s inherent creativity
and works with each artist to bring forth their inner beauty through the
By providing quality visual art programming to individuals with developmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities, as well as seniors and those struggling with mental health issues, Simply
ArtAble enhances quality of life for a
segment of the population that typically
does not have access to an adaptive studio with instructors who are
What sets Simply ArtAble apart from other studios
is that our staff is experienced in working with people of all abilities. The studio
is completely ADA compliant, including automatic
doors, ramps, and adjustable tables that accommodate large, motorized
wheelchairs. A quiet area in the back of the studio offers
calm for those who get overwhelmed with noise or lots of people.
Our special needs programs
Pizza-Paint Parties – once a month we host a free,
two-hour painting party where often-isolated day program participants and others with a disability can paint and socialize with "paint buddies" from the larger community in a fun and festive environment.
Hospital Visits – once a month
one of our professional artists packs up paints and canvases and holds a
“Paint-the-Greats” class for expectant moms on bed rest at the Mother Baby Center at Abbott
Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. We also go off-site for special events, such as a in-hospital painting classes for cancer patients or children who have undergone brain surgery.
Group Home Paint Sessions – group home residents and day program participants visit weekly to paint in our studio with instruction
from a professional artist.
Special Events – we often partner with programs that serve unique communities to offer special painting events in our adaptive studio. Some
recent events have been with Turner Syndrome Foundation, North American Council on Adoptable Children, Opportunity Partners, Diabetic Living, Courage Kenny, Mt. Olivet Circle of Friends, Minnesota Hands & Voices.
Classes and Camps – all of our summer camps and classes, for kids and adults, including our after school program and Paint-the-Greats classes, are open to and suitable for people of all abilities.
is open six days a week for drop-in painting. For
a small fee, artists of all abilities are welcome to come paint in the studio,
using our professional paints, brushes, and instructors. We also offer private paint lessons and host
birthday parties, corporate team-building, and other private events. The fees
from all of these activities go right back into
supporting our programming for persons with disabilities.
OUR IMPACT In 2016 we reached over 10,000 individual artists of all ages and abilities – over 3,000 were special needs painters! In the past five years, Simply ArtAble has brought art into the lives of over 40,000 people, many of whom have a develomental, cognitive, or physical disability.
WITH YOUR SUPPORT, we can expand our programs to reach
even more persons with disabilities.