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

Community Programs Director // Arden Fredman

Office Manager // Ingrid Alanzo-Rodriguez

Director of Exhibitions and Audience Development // Tim Buckwalter

Assistant Gallery Director // Julio Rodriguez


Lead Facilitator // Pam Martin

Lead Facilitator // Liam Golden

Facilitator // Andres Cisneros-Galindo

Facilitator // Maria Guzman Capron

Facilitator // Kim Huhta

Facilitator // Em Kettner

Facilitator // Mo Storm

Instructor // Chelsea Smith

Instructor // Bill Zindel

Client/ Studio Aide // Shantanice Jones

Client/ Studio Aide // Terri Moore

Client/ Studio Aide // Amber Avalos

Board of Directors

Chairperson // Antonia Dapena-Tretter

Vice-Chairperson // Rhea Fontaine

Treasurer // Patrick Coogan

Secretary // John Ziesenhenne

Andrew C. Breunig

John Casey

Shasa Curl

Bill Phelps

Alan A. Wolken