Art Ability Open House stenciled on a sign of whitewashed boards.

Expression through art

artAbility is a student-led project supported by the Idaho CDHD in collaboration with the Self-Advocacy Movement (SAM).

The project was created in 2014 to encourage adults with disabilities to express themselves through participation in art workshops with local art instructors and University of Idaho student supports.

artAbility 2022-23


Each year, participants take part in a series of art workshops. Each one focuses on a different art technique, creating opportunities to learn about different ways of self-expression. Topics have included clay, expressing emotion through color, outdoor oil painting, collage, Native American culture and drumstick making, wood sculptures and more.

Sessions are led by local artists and our Project Coordinator, with University of Idaho students providing a helping hand.

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


  Music in culture part one: Mar 5 at 1:30-3:30 pm

  Disability Etiquette Training, Mar 23, 5:30-6:30 pm

  Music in culture part two: Mar 26 at 1:30-3:30 pm

Contact Areli Morfin to register: or 208 885 6000

Meet our Project Coordinator

Areli Morfin is returning as this year's Project Coordinator. Originally from southern Idaho, this is her second year working with the artAbility project. She is looking forward to working with other trainees to provide the best possible experiences for this year’s project participants.

Areli is currently pursuing an education in urban planning. She is looking forward to working in a field that incorporates design in building future structures.

You can email Areli ( for information on the workshops or any other artAbility questions.