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ARTspace Houston

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 44 K
Funding amount
1) ARTspace Houston

2) Our project, ARTSPACE Houston will deliver quality, engaging and thorough visual art instruction to individuals and families in the Greater Houston area to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury. Professional teaching artists, trained to work with patients with special needs and complex health issues, will complete project driven art to help self-expression, legacy-making, and community building. These programs will range in mediums from painting, drawing, collage and textile arts. Projects will be geared towards all abilities, and instructors will work with each individual to best achieve their art making goals. Showing techniques will include, but is not limited to mouth brushes, paper holding, limited hand function scissors, etc. The project will culminating in an end of year exhibit, inviting the community to hear the stories and connect with the lives of fellow Houstonians living with spinal cord injury. This is the first of several art programs that will expand to include adaptive photography, performing arts, and creative writing.

The project will be led by an accomplished adaptive artist, Wes Holloway, who lives with a C6 spinal cord injury. The project will be delivered in partnership with a local nonprofit, ARTreach. The mission of ARTreach is to support the connection and delivery of quality arts programs to vulnerable communities led by professional artists with support from assistants and volunteers. 

3) The project will (1) provide art instruction to 10 individuals affected by SCI (2) increase public awareness about coping, adjusting, and expressing through adaptive art, and (3) highlight the power of art in an end-of-year public community exhibit.

4) This project supports the Craig H. Neilson's mission to support rehabilitation and arts. Artwork will be will be led, start to finish, with encouragement toward creativity and empowerment through visual symbols and storytelling. It's purpose is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with SCI through self-expression and community building/participation. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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    2002 Cultural Studies

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    Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects

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    Injury - Trauma - (Head and Spine)

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    Spinal Cord Injury

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