Through painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiber and performance, our artists explore the creative process and engage in many of the conversations currently taking in place in contemporary art.
NIAD is a full day program, with a 1:8 instructor to client ratio for adults 20-90+ who wish to attend 2-5 days per week. Our studio environment focuses on art creation while building the independent living skills of observation, concentration, decision-making, project management, co-operation, and the value of practice. Frequent trips to galleries, museums and artists’ studios supplement studio material, while strengthening client confidence in interacting with the public.
The art is seen in our galleries, store and exhibitions locally and around the globe. Artists earn 50% of the proceeds from art sales and earn money through studio aide jobs (sorting fabric, washing brushes, preparing workspaces, dusting the gallery, etc.). All clients who would like a job are assigned one compatible with their interests and abilities.
In addition to our studio program, NIAD also provides several other activities and environments that develop learning skills and encourage healthy habits. Our garden provides ingredients for two cooking classes per month and also serves as a relaxing place for eating lunch and recreation. Weekly walks promote fitness and community involvement, as does delivering for Meals on Wheels. Functional math and language skills are enhanced in two weekly Independent Living classes and applied throughout the studio program and offsite activities.