Imagine Art featured in print and digital media.
Amanda Lacy gets help from Kati Hammond, 31, studio director at Imagine Art on Oct 18, 2018 in Austin, TX. Imagine Art is a non-profit studio and gallery space that specializes in supporting artists with disabilities to create art. Lacey says she tries to stay active while working out the next steps in her career path.
For Debbie Kizer, founder and executive director of Imagine Art, the organization’s offerings developed out of her personal experiences. Newly in recovery for drug addiction, Kizer was diagnosed with a mental illness in 1996. She had previously dabbled in the arts and went back to the arts to help on her journey to heal.
Vibrant art covers the walls and tables of the Imagine Art gallery. Stepping into the colorful studio, one can expect to be greeted warmly by artists and volunteers alike. Among the art mediums offered by the studio are paints, ceramics, and mixed-media collage. To use the space, an artist must apply, interview, and present a portfolio; once accepted, they can take advantage of free supplies to begin creating endlessly.
A little treasure has been transplanted from Imagine Art, a non-profit service organization, into Shalom Austin's Gallery at the J. The Imagine Art exhibition will be on view from July 17 through August 21 with the opening reception on Sunday, July 30, 2-3 p.m. Ten to twelve artists from the community of Imagine Art will have their work featured.
Imagine Art was founded in Austin in 1996. Its simple grassroots beginning reached out to identify 10 artists with disabilities that needed help to access the arts. Year after year the project evolved to enfold more artists and to meet the ever-evolving needs of a group that was moving from under-served to servant leadership.