Address: 7190 Manchester
Maplewood, MO 63143
Phone: (314) 781-4440
Fax: Not available
Artists First is a non-profit organization that strives to foster the social, intellectual, emotional and personal growth of artists with disabilities through creative self-expression. The agency offers art-based programs throughout the greater Saint Louis area serving aspiring artists of all ages whose lives are challenged by developmental disabilities, pervasive mental illness, and/or traumatic brain injury.
Lifeworks is an art based program supporting individuals with developmental disabilities to reach their greatest potential and growth in the employment, social, emotional and physical domains. Participants are at least 18 years old and have a desire to build a career in the arts. Individuals will receive intermediate and advanced technical art instruction and the necessary supports to competitively market their artwork. The program is provided predominantly at Artists First’s studio; individuals can access the program up to five hours a day, five days a week.
Through participation in this program, individuals can achieve a sense of self-determination, independence and self-worth through a creative process, while also developing social skills, critical thinking skills, resourcefulness, self-advocacy, and financial empowerment.