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?

COVID-19 Update: Art Enables ships customized Art Kits to all resident artists who request them and follows them up with weekly prompts to inspire artmaking practice. Weekly one-on-one calls with each artist ensure that artistic and personal needs are met. Artist Forums – zoom calls with five artists at a time – provide an opportunity to see friendly faces, share updates on physical and mental wellbeing, make progress on socialization goals, and share new artwork. Pivoting exhibitions to virtual experiences has been, in fact, a welcome success.

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 (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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