Our Program

Studio Program

NIAD’s innovative art program has been in Richmond for nearly 40 years. We currently offer virtual practice spaces on Zoom five days a week. All of our facilitators are professional teaching artists. We provide artists with art materials, support from facilitators, and gallery representation. When our physical studio re-opens, we will also provide space for artmaking.


Exhibition opportunities provide artists with a sense of pride, communication skills, engagement in contemporary art dialogue, and 50% sales commission on artwork sales. Artists grow their ILS (Independent Living Skills) and professional development such as speaking and writing about their art. Curators from the Bay Area and beyond collaborate around exhibitions. NIAD artwork is professionally documented, cataloged, and marketed to contemporary art lovers.

Arts as Career

While working with NIAD’s Arts as Career program, participating studio artists have opportunities to lead workshops, sell at craft fairs, visit museums and give artist talks.


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

Interested in Joining Our Program?

We are accepting referrals. Contact NIAD’s Community Program Director, Arden Fredman, or your RCEB Case Manager. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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Call Arden: (510) 620-0290