In America, less than a quarter of adults with disabilities are employed. And most of them are stuffing envelopes, pushing brooms or cutting grass. Many are making a mininum or sub-minimum wage.
At NIAD Art Center we do a lot for adults with disabilities. And there is nothing redundant or menial around here.
You’re probably curious about what exactly we do at the Art Center, right? If you already know about us and have supported us in the past, you can skip ahead three paragraphs to the donate button (with our hearty thanks, of course). Based in what used to be Richmond’s auto row for more than three decades, NIAD is a non-profit studio art project that helps nearly 70 artists every week create art and launch a career in the contemporary art world. We lend them a hand, so they direct their own work and their own walk of life.
But, that’s not all that happens here: We show and sell their art. We take them out to experience art in the world. We help them understand and execute the skills needed for a successful and independent adult life (like processing current events or maintaining a bank account). Our artists share their unique life-stories and together we redefine contemporary art.
Although we sell a lot of art (last year, we sold 1,400+ works), arts sales are only a small part of our income. To keep our doors open, the lights on, and the paint in our artists’ pots, we depend on support from people like you. Your money helps an adult with a disability participate in a productive way in the larger world.
Please, give what you can and know we will appreciate whatever amount you can afford. Thanks, in advance!
There is a lot more we could tell you about NIAD, but we understand that your time is valuable, so we tried to be as brief as possible. But, if you want an even more complete and nuanced picture of what we do and have done with our artists, why not watch this terrific short video?