Project Onward: Creating, Connecting, Inspiring Change
Project Onward is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the career development of visual artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Operating as a studio and gallery, Project Onward supports the work of artists who have exceptional abilities but face challenges ranging from autism to mental illness.
• To provide artists with disabilities the opportunity to create their work in a safe, supportive environment, with access to work space, materials, and professional guidance;
• To connect artists with disabilities with the arts community and the general public through the professional exhibition and sale of their work, and through public programs designed to foster audience participation;
• To inspire change by using art to reduce the stigma of mental illness and developmental disabilities; to improve the self-image of artists by demonstrating the social and economic value of their work; and to cultivate new audiences for artwork created by people with disabilities.