All Of Us

The Building Blocks of NIAD

Vision: Our vision is a unified community where everyone is included, and art makes the individual and their story visible

Mission: NIAD promotes creative expression, independence, dignity and community integration for people with disabilities.


  1. Diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility
  2. Open, straightforward communication
  3. Support, respect, and safe spaces
  4. Our community and the opportunity to work together
  5. Environmental awareness and sustainability
  6. Artistic growth and hard work
  7. Exploration, change, taking risks, and failing forward
  8. Trust, mindfulness, and self-ownership
  9. The needs and perspectives of others
  10. Humor, fun, and joy!

Theory of Change: Through its visual arts studio program, NIAD gives people with disabilities the skills and experience to express themselves, be independent and earn income as an artist. This nurturing community of artists fosters experimentation, increases competence to make informed choices and increases connections of diverse communities through the commonality of creative expression.

Our Administration

Executive Director //  Deborah Dyer

Director of Client Services // Arden Fredman

Administrative Coordinator // Judith Zoon

Director of Exhibitions and Audience Development // Tim Buckwalter

Assistant Gallery Director // Julio Rodriguez

Bookkeeper // Bea Roberson


Instructor // Pam Martin

Instructor // Liam Golden

Instructor // Andres Cisneros-Galindo

Instructor // Maria Guzman Capron

Instructor // Kim Huhta

Instructor // Em Kettner

Instructor // Jan Mignaud

Instructor // Chelsea Smith

Instructor // Bill Zindel

Aide // Shantanice Jones

Aide // Terri Moore

Artist Advisory Committee

Justine Frischmann

David McCreath

Raymond McKenzie

Carol Newborg

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

Anthony Pinata

Margo Rivera-Wiess

Lisa Solomon

Board of Directors

Chairperson // Jack Higgins

Vice-Chairperson // Lana Martarella

Treasurer // John Ziesenhenne

Secretary // Antonia Dapena-Tretter

Andrew C. Breunig

John Casey

Patrick Coogan

Rhea Fontaine

Bill Phelps

Alan A. Wolken