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Our Program

While not all of NIAD’s artists receive wide-spread recognition for their art, all gain a sense of pride from learning a craft and profession of their own. Artists at NIAD earn 50% commission from the sale of their work and a nearly all have sold at least one piece of art by participating in the program. Equally important to the artists is the community and sense of purpose their participation allows. Mentored by skilled professionals (all of the staff hold a Masters of Fine Arts degree and are themselves accomplished artists), NIAD’s artists see and study contemporary art by visiting local galleries, studios and museums. Inspired, they return to the NIAD open studio to create their own work. The NIAD studio environment has been described by visitors and participants alike as inclusive, nurturing, and welcoming.

Here are the key features of our program:

  • Professional guidance for clients, imparting both artistic and independent living skills.
  • Contemporary art, professional gallery and exhibits.
  • A way for adults with disabilities to explore creativity, acquire new skills, and earn money from selling art.
  • Talented and skilled staff with connections in the contemporary art world.
  • A supportive community and environment.
How to Enroll

Are you, your client, relative or friend a consumer of the Regional Center of the East Bay?

Yes

Please contact your case manager for a referral and have your most recent IPP and other documents sent to NIAD. Once NIAD staff has reviewed your files, you’ll be offered a tour and will be tentatively accepted into our program. Then you’ll be invited for a trial day at NIAD. During this visit you’ll discover the structure of the NIAD day, meet other client-artists, speak with faculty, and ideally, discover the pleasure of creating art in our studio.

If the trial day goes well, both you and NIAD’s Director of Client Services will contact your case manager at the RCEB who will secure the funding and assist you in arranging transportation.  You will also need a current medical report and TB test to enroll.  Once transportation and the medical paperwork are complete, a starting date will be selected.

No

Tuition is required to attend the program and enrollment availability is limited. Please contact the Director of Client Services for more information and to schedule a tour.

This is important,  NIAD Art Center does not…

  • Administer medication to clients during the program.
  • Accept clients with a history of aggressive behaviors towards others.
  • Assist clients with daily toileting issues.
  • Provide a lunch program or microwave for daily meal heating.
  • Own a van for regular transport of clients.
  • Have lockers for client-artists, so valuables should be left at home. 

(featured image: Artist Jon Fukui at work on a sculpture)