artAbility 2019-20

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 sixth 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, 2020 to present the artwork created in the 2019-2020 workshops to the public and give them a chance to meet the artists.

Project Partners

Project Director

Ernesto Marquez Montes is the new Moscow artAbility project director. Ernesto is a student in his third year at the University of Idaho, and is eager to work on the artAbility project as the new Director. Ernesto is a Psychology Major with an Art Minor, and hopes to pursue a higher degree after he earns his B.S. Ernesto has been working at the CDHD for a year and previously shadowed Mia to be able to take over the project after she left. You can email Ernesto for information on the workshops, student volunteer opportunities, or any other artAbility questions.

Flier announcing call for volunteers for the 2019-20 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.


Ernesto Marquez Montes, artAbility Project Director.

artAbility Workshops

Flier announcing the 2019 fall workshops and registration information for the CDHD art Ability project.

Mixed Media with Julene Ewert

The first workshop series was instructed by Julene Ewert on October 5th and October 19th, 2019. Julene is a local artist from Troy, Idaho who loves to use common materials in surprising ways.


Digital Photography with Karen Rohn

The second workshop series will be instructed by Karen Rohn on November 2nd and November 16th, 2019. Karen is a local artist from Potlatch, Idaho who owns BlackBird at the Depot in Potlatch. Curated by Karen, the shop specializes in locally made products and vintage finds.


Flier announcing the 2019 November Art Ability workshops on digital photography.