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 progressive 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 $1.2 million in sales. With a new hybrid model for exhibitions, workshops, and other community-based events, Art Enables annually welcomes well over 75,000 people in person and virtually to celebrate its artists’ work and talents. Artists earn income from selling their art and build the skills, relationships, and experience important for a successful artistic career and a meaningful future.

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


Budget (FY2023)

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

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