artAbility 2016-17

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

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 Idaho Self-Advocate Leadership Network (SALN), Moscow Chapter. The Project is on its third 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. An Open House was hosted by the CDHD on April 24, 2017 to present the artwork created in the 2016-2017 workshops to the public and give them a chance to meet the artists.

Project Partners

  • University of Idaho Student Arts Fee Grant FY 2016-2017
  • The Arc of Washington Trust Fund

Project Director

As Ashley Kuznia is attending the University of Kansas, Kalli Sorber is the new Moscow artAbility project director. Kalli, a senior at the University of Idaho, will be graduating fall of 2016 with a B.S. in Sociology as well as in Psychology. She works as an intern-trainee for the CDHD and has been closely involved with artAbility. Though Kalli is graduating, she will stay on through the spring of 2017 and will train a future director so the project may continue in the future. You can contact Kalli for information on the workshops, student volunteer opportunities, or any other artAbility questions.

Flier announcing volunteer training opportunities in spring of 2017 for students to help with the art ability project.

Student Involvement

University of Idaho students provide support as workshop-assistants and support the workshop participants in their artistic process. Though no experience is necessary to be a volunteer for artAbility, students were required to attend a one-hour instructional seminar PDF on how to appropriately and respectfully interact with and assist individuals with disabilities. Through these workshops, students got the chance to interact with individuals who have varying skills and abilities in addition to assisting them in their artistic process.

Kalli Sorber, artAbility Project Director.

artAbility Workshops

Participants with instructor Lianne Wappett in the classroom.

Gelli Printing with Lianne Wappett

The first workshop series was instructed by Lianne Wappett on September 24th and October 8th, 2016. Participants had the opportunity to learn the form of painting called Gelli Printing, which involves the transfer of paint from a Gelli Plate to paper, which creates different layers or designs. Photos from the Gelli Printing Workshops.

Blackout Poetry with Mackenzie McDermott

The second series of this year focused on Blackout Poetry. This art medium combines visual art with written word. Participants took passages from novels and other works of prose to create poetry by blacking out words and leaving others visible on the page. Photos from the Blackout Poetry Workshops.

Participants with student instructors Mackenzie McDermott and Kalli Sorber in the blackout poetry workshop.
Participants with instructor David Herbold in the classroom.

Clay Works with David Herbold

David Herbold is a returning instructor for artAbility and focused his workshops on clay. Participants in this workshop had the opportunity to create rattles, bowls, platters, and other fun figurines using techniques like pinching, rolling, and sculpting the clay. Photos from the Clay Works Workshops.