artAbility 2020-21

artAbility 2020-21

The Moscow artAbility Project is a student-led project supported by the University of Idaho’s Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD) in collaboration with the Moscow Self-Advocate Leadership Network (SALN), Moscow Chapter.

The Project is on its seventh year, working to encourage community involvement and personal expression for adults with disabilities through participation in art workshops with local art instructors and UI students as volunteers.

Workshop Schedule

Textures using clay

  • October 17
  • October 24

Use of color to represent emotion

  • November 7
  • November 21
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Meet our Project Director

Ernesto Marquez Montes is the returning Moscow artAbility project director. Ernesto is a student in his fourth year at the University of Idaho as a Psychology Major with an Art Minor, and hopes to pursue a higher degree after he earns his B.S.

He has been an Interdisciplinary Trainee at the CDHD for two years and directed artAbility during the 2019-2020 academic year. You can email Ernesto for information on the workshops, student volunteer opportunities, or any other artAbility questions.

artAbility Workshops

The first workshop series in the 2020-21 schedule was instructed by the project director, Ernesto, on October 17 and 24, 2020. Participants were given a kit with art materials and instructed online. These workshops explored making textures using clay.

The second workshop series, instructed November 7 and 21, 2020, were also instructed by Ernesto. These workshops explored the use of color to represent emotion and its expression as part of one’s identity by way of acrylic painting. Participants’ pieces will be pieced together to create a mural-style work representative of part of the Moscow community.

Special thanks

Thank you to Stepping Stones, Inc. for funding this year's projects. 

To the private donor – artAbility is incredibly grateful for your generous donation. Thanks to your benevolence, artAbility is able to provide another year of art workshops for adults with developmental disabilities in the Moscow community. Thus far, your generosity has afforded the costs of art materials and will provide the opportunity for creative exploration and self-expression through art. We can't thank you enough!