artAbility 2017-18

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 fourth 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 will be hosted by the CDHD in April 2018 to present the artwork created in the 2017-2018 workshops to the public and give them a chance to meet the artists.

Project Partners

  • University of Idaho Student Arts Fee Grant FY 2017-2018
  • Stepping Stones Inc.

Project Director

Mia Giglio is the Moscow artAbility project director. Mia, a student in her fourth year at the University of Idaho, is eager to work on the artAbility project for the second year. Mia is an English Major with an emphasis in Creative Writing, a Minor in Justice Studies, and goals to go to Law School. Mia has worked as an intern trainee for the CDHD for two and a half years, and has been closely involved with artAbility in her time here. You can contact Mia for information on the workshops, student volunteer opportunities, or any other artAbility questions.

Student volunteers in spring of 2018 at the art ability showcase.

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 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.

Mia Giglio, artAbility Project Director.

artAbility Workshops

Workshop participant Toby Schultz and student intern John Randall at the CDHD art Ability printmaking workshop.

Printmaking with Rachael Eastman

The first workshop series was instructed by Rachael Eastman on October 21st and November 11th, 2017. Rachael taught the participants the basics of both foam printmaking and monotype printmaking. Rachael, who is a local art instructor, is new to the artAbility project, and we are excited to welcome her on board!

Painting with Aaron Johnson

The second workshops series involved various types of painting with Aaron Johnson. The first workshop on October 28th consisted of watercolor, a media which artAbility has worked with many times. Aaron focused on color theory and personal exploration, and applied that to his second workshop on December 2nd. The second workshop was a new and exciting endeavor, one where participants painted bright self-portraits with tempera paints.

Workshop leader Aaron Johnson demonstrating techniques to two workshop participants at the CDHD art Ability painting workshop.
Workshop participants perform their percussion music at the CDHD art Ability Showcase.

Percussion with Dr. Lori Khan

The spring workshops series was instructed by Dr. Lori Khan. These workshops focused on the basics of percussion. The participants created two drumming performances, one based on art they created, and the other focused on phrases surrounding self advocacy. The participants also played Samba music with various instruments. All of the pieces learned at these workshops were performed at the showcase.