Our 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 among diverse communities through the commonality of creative expression.
NIAD promotes creative expression, independence, dignity and community integration for people with disabilities.
A unified community where everyone is included, and art makes the individual and their story visible.
- Diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility
- Open, straightforward communication
- Support, respect, and safe spaces
- Our community and the opportunity to work together
- Environmental awareness and sustainability
- Artistic growth and hard work
- Exploration, change, taking risks, and failing forward
- Trust, mindfulness, and self-ownership
- The needs and perspectives of others
- Humor, fun, and joy!
NIAD is a registered 501-c3 (94-2837552).
Executive Director // Amanda Eicher
Programs Director // Arden Fredman
Community Programs Director // Ember Avalos
Art Marketing & Partnerships Director // Isabelle Zhang
Development Director // Rebecca Teague
Administrative Director // Ingrid Alonso-Rodriguez
Accessibility & Communications Specialist // Chrissie Bradley
Administrative Coordinator // Tara Neuffer
Exhibitions & Collections Associate // Liliana Herrera
Gallery Manager // Julio Rodriguez
23rd Street Studio Director // Liam Golden
Virtual Studio Director // Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh
Community Studio Manager // Shantanice Swain
Community Studio Manager // Terri Moore
Studio Facilitator // Andres Cisneros-Galindo
Studio Facilitator & Community Programs Assistant // Gabriel Garza
Studio Facilitator // Kieren Dutcher*
Studio Facilitator // Kim Huhta*
Studio Facilitator // Em Kettner
Studio Facilitator // Steen Kjorlie
Studio Facilitator // mara poliak
Studio Facilitator // Chelsea Smith
Studio Facilitator // Josh Solis
Studio Facilitator // Emma Spertus
Studio Facilitator // Bill Zindel
Studio Facilitator & Community Programs Assistant // Ocean Escalanti
Studio Facilitator // Josh Vidal
Studio Facilitator // Erin McCluskey Wheeler
*Funding for these positions is generously provided through a partnership with West Contra Costa Unified School District Adult Education.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors Chairperson // Pam Martin
Vice-Chairperson // Karen DiDomenicis
Treasurer // Jay Youngdahl
Secretary // Antonia Dapena-Tretter