All of Us

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.

Our Mission

NIAD promotes creative expression, independence, dignity and community integration for people with disabilities.

Our Vision

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

Our Values

  • 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(c)3 (94-2837552)

Read NIAD Art Center’s Annual Report 2021/2022

Lea el Informe anual del Centro de Arte NIAD 2021/2022


Executive Director // Amanda Eicher

Art Marketing and Partnerships Director // NOW HIRING

Community Programs Director // Ember Avalos

Development Director // Rebecca Teague

Administrative Director // Ingrid Alonso-Rodriguez

Facilities Manager // Matt Dostal

Administrative Coordinator // Tara Neuffer

Accessibility & Communications Specialist // Chrissie Bradley

Exhibitions & Collections Specialist // Liliana Herrera

Gallery Programs Manager // Julio Rodriguez

Art Marketing Associate // Josefin Lundahl

Development Associate // Liliana Torpey

Grant Programs Developer // Zoya Kocur


23rd Street Studio Director // Liam Golden

Virtual Studio Director // Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

Community Studio Manager // Shantanice Swain

Studio Support Specialist // Terri Moore

Studio Facilitator // Andrés Cisneros-Galindo

Studio Facilitator // Kieren Dutcher*

Studio Facilitator // Kim Huhta*

Studio Facilitator // Leticia Javier

Studio Facilitator & Community Programs Assistant // Ocean Escalanti

Studio Facilitator // Em Kettner

Studio Facilitator // Steen Kjorlie

Studio Facilitator // Chelsea Smith

Studio Facilitator // Josh Solis

Studio Facilitator // Emma Spertus

Studio Facilitator // Bill Zindel

Studio Facilitator // Jovi Vidal

Studio Facilitator // Kate Laster

Studio Facilitator // Tiara Amar

Board of Directors

Board of Directors Chairperson // Alexandra McFarland

Vice-Chairperson // Pam Martin

Treasurer // Jay Youngdahl

Nicole Ferdinando

Karen DiDomenicis

Ann Mercogliano

Lauren Vassell

Lizeht Zepeda

Joey Enos

Ben Choi

Substitute Studio Facilitators

Lauren Ari

Sarah Bowser

Marie Muscardini

Christine Shields

Chinzalée Sonami

Maggie Preston

Lena Gustafson

Steph Kudisch

Cora Lautze

*Funding for these positions is generously provided through a partnership with West Contra Costa Unified School District Adult Education.