NIAD’s Program

Studio Program

NIAD’s innovative studio art program has been active in Richmond for more than 40 years. We currently offer Virtual Studio spaces on Zoom and in-person studio spaces in our 23rd Street Art Center five days a week. All of our facilitators are professional teaching artists. We provide artists with art materials, support from facilitators, and professional development opportunities.


Opportunities to show their work provide artists with a sense of pride, communication skills, engagement in contemporary art dialogue, and 50% sales commission on artwork sales. NIAD studio artists develop professional and ILS (Independent Living Skills) such as speaking and writing about their art. Curators from the Bay Area and beyond collaborate with NIAD studio artists on exhibitions. NIAD artwork is professionally documented, cataloged, and marketed to contemporary art audiences.

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 an inclusive community where art makes the individual and their story visible.

Interested in Joining Our Program?

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

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