Art Enables is the District’s only nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for adult artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn income from their original and compelling visual artwork. This innovative art studio and gallery provides artists with the creative space, materials, and vocational support they need to become proud, professional artists. Since its founding in 2001, over 100 artists have created countless pieces of artwork; shown work in over 200 exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally; and generated nearly $1 million in sales. In addition to earning income from selling their art, participants build the skills, relationships, and experience important for a successful artistic career. Each year, over 25,000 DC area residents take part in exhibitions, workshops, and other community-based events celebrating the artists’ work and talents. Won't you be part of this beautiful picture?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Statewide; Woodridge

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Disabled


  • Retention Rate of Artists:   90%

Awards & Recognition

Mayor's Arts Award 2012

Press

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Art Enables is: Less than $500k

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