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VISARTS IN THE COMMUNITY

VisArts’ mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. Each year, in an effort to serve populations often under-represented by arts organizations, VisArts extends more than $40,000 in free services and discounts to those in need. Here’s a snapshot of how VisArts gives back to our community.

EQUITY, ACCESSIBILITY, AND INCLUSION

VisArts’ strength is our ability to bring people together through shared creative experiences, fostering exposure to new perspectives, mutual respect, and a truly connected community.

 Our community is made up of people of all ages, identities, backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. We are committed to giving everyone the chance to express their ideas, develop their talents, and enrich their lives.  

VISABILITY ART LAB

VisAbility Art Lab is a supportive art studio for emerging adult artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have a strong interest in making art part of their professional careers. An essential component of the program includes workforce and interpersonal skills training, from website development to public speaking.

Mara Clawson, VisAbility Art Lab artist, exhibiting her work at VisArts

This year, 20 artists joined the Lab, exploring techniques in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, glass, and mixed media. VisArts studio artists served as mentors and our curatorial staff worked with them to develop exhibitions at VisArts and at art shows throughout the region.

ACCESSIBLE ART CLASSES

VisArts believes that the arts are particularly beneficial to students with disabilities because they help individuals find their voice, share their message, celebrate their differences, and demonstrate their strength.

This year, VisArts offered five sessions of classes  for students with disabilities with nearly 50 participants in each session. Classes are led by experienced faculty who provide instruction in painting, drawing, collage, and mosaics, and make accommodations for students so they can express themselves creatively without the help of aides.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND DISCOUNTS

Each year, VisArts provides art camp scholarships to children and discounts to art students of all ages, ensuring that our programs are accessible to all.

This year, VisArts delivered reduced-cost programming to organizations working with seniors, individuals with opioid addiction, wounded veterans, and low income children and families. In response to the 2019 U.S. government shutdown, VisArts offered highly discounted Coffee & Canvas painting classes for furloughed workers.

Coffee & Canvas, highly discounted for furloughed federal government workers

ARTIST STIPENDS AND SUBSIDIES 

VisArts is committed to providing exhibiting artists with stipends and is working toward W.A.G.E. certification, a designation that publicly recognizes non-profit arts organizations that demonstrate a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artists fees for exhibiting their work.

VisArts’ Studio Artist Program provides space for individual artists or collaborative artist teams to experiment, create new work, evolve an existing body of work or develop a project, and grants financial support necessary for artists to work.

This year, artists had the option of applying for any of three VisArts studio initiatives, which include subsidized or free studio space, artist stipends, and teaching opportunities.

Jonathan Monaghan, Out of the Abyss, 2019

NON-PROFIT PARTNERSHIPS 

VisArts partners with local non-profits to  foster connections throughout our community. We’ve recently collaborated with the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation on events to celebrate the messages of peace, tolerance, and hope that Mattie championed.

Other initiatives include CREATE, a free summer art series held in Rockville Town Square, and a community mosaic project that will be displayed at Main Street, a new residential development in Rockville where 25% of the apartments are designed for adults with disabilities.

This year, VisArts assumed management of the Rockville Arts Festival, which featured than 100 fine art vendors in Rockville Town Square. VisArts welcomed more than 10,000 visitors, who enjoyed viewing and buying art, artist demonstrations, and performances by local organizations.

CREATE crab shell painting in Rockville Town Square

VisArts is a non-profit arts organization that’s been transforming individuals and communities for more than 30 years. Your one-time or monthly gift has a direct impact on artists, curators, students, instructors, campers, volunteers, interns, and partner organizations – and makes it possible for VisArts to offer more than $40,000 in financial assistance to community members in need each year.

There's still time to help us raise $100,000. If you’ve already given, thank you. If you haven’t, please join us in transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts.

Thanks so much,       

Alice Nappy

Executive Director

VisArts is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization (EIN 52-1549839). Your donation is deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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