artAbility 2018-19

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 fifth 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 2019 to present the artwork created in the 2018-2019 workshops to the public and give them a chance to meet the artists.

Project Partners

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.

Flier announcing call for volunteers for the 2018-19 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 are 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 get 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

Flier announcing the 2018 fall workshops and registration information for the CDHD art Ability project.

Mixed Media Collage with Rachael Eastman

The first workshop series was instructed by Rachael Eastman on September 29th and October 13th, 2018. Rachael taught mixed media abstract pieces, both inspired by different artists. Each workshop focused on a new artist! On September, 29th, we focused on Wassily Kandinsky, and on October 13th we focused on Miriam Schapiro.


Charcoal on Cardboard with Thad Froio

The second workshop series was instructed by Thad Froio on October 27th and November 10th, 2018. Thad is a local tattoo artist who creates beautiful recycled art on the side. Thad taught the basics of charcoal on cardboard. We are excited to have Thad on board!


Second fall Art Ability workshop announced.
Flier announcing the 2019 spring workshop on poetry for the CDHD art Ability project.

Poetry with Ashley Centers

The third workshop series was instructed by Ashley Centers on February 9th and March 2nd, 2019. Ashley is a recent University of Idaho alumni, as well as a self-published poet. Her collection of poetry entitled, “Bumble: A Haiku Collection” inspired her workshop series. Participants learned about the structure of a Haiku and how to write their own!