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 // Amanda Eicher

Community Programs Director // Arden Fredman

Development Associate // Alice Wu

Office Manager // Ingrid Alonso-Rodriguez

Director of Exhibitions and Audience Development // Tim Buckwalter

Assistant Gallery Director // Julio Rodriguez

Second Assistant Gallery Director // Em Kettner


Lead Facilitator // Liam Golden

Art Facilitator // Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Art Facilitator // Andres Cisneros-Galindo

Art Facilitator // Maria Guzman Capron

Art Facilitator // Nan Collymore

Art Facilitator // Kieren Dutcher

Art Facilitator // Kim Huhta

Art Facilitator // Em Kettner

Art Facilitator // Chelsea Smith

Art Facilitator // Emma Spertus

Art Facilitator // Danielle Wright

Art Facilitator // Bill Zindel

Studio Support Specialist // Shantanice Jones

Studio Support Specialist // Terri Moore

Behavioral Support Specialist // Josh Vidal

Behavioral Support Specialist + Community Programs Assistant // Amber Avalos

Board of Directors

Chairperson // Antonia Dapena-Tretter

Vice-Chairperson // Rhea Fontaine

Treasurer // Patrick Coogan

Secretary // John Ziesenhenne

Andrew C. Breunig

Shasa Curl

Karen DiDomenicis

Pamela Thomas

Alan A. Wolken

Lizeht Zepeda