Holiday Newsletter

As we approach the end of this year and celebrate the holiday season, we want to thank our family of supporters for their commitment to our vision and participation in our community of artists. Thank you! 

Note from the Founder: A Christmas Letter of Hope

Advent is a season of waiting. Christmas embraces a two-fold cadence, the coming of Jesus, who 'is already, but not yet.' Imagine Art is like that, 'already but not yet'. When I look at this community of 22 years, I am in awe at what God has already done. A beautiful community has been born. And yet, the fulfillment of what is to come is 'not yet.'

Imagine Art is waiting. We are waiting for the fulfillment of the vision. In this season of waiting, Imagine Art continues to prepare to receive what is coming next. This last year has been a time of positioning and making ourselves ready. We fully expect that 2019 will be a year of receiving and carrying the vision forward. We experienced incredible programmatic and fiscal growth in 2018, pushing Imagine Art to reach a new threshold of operations that now supports 5 programs, 11 staff and nearly 30 contractors. We are positioning ourselves to receive land for a multi-acre campus where artists will live and work. The upcoming season is both exciting and overwhelming to consider.  

Imagine Art is doing a unique, innovative work. This community is pioneering to explore inclusive 'place' that changes the way services are delivered to people with disabilities. We are developing a model that attracts all artists and where artists with disabilities are uniquely positioned as leaders. We invite you to wait with us and I encourage you to find a simple way to sow into the vision of what is 'not yet.' There is opportunity to support financial giving, service to the community or intercession for the challenges ahead. Every type of engagement is important towards the fulfillment of what God is making at Imagine Art.  

As you wait for Christmas remember the 'not yet' and look forward towards the vision with great hope.  

Debbie Kizer
Founder, Executive Director 
Please consider making an end-year donation to Imagine Art! 

Art Studio

Steven Fisher is a registered artist with Imagine Art and comes to our studio every day. He lives with his dad and his brother in South Austin, and rides his bike 6 miles each way to our studio. Steven is typically waiting at the door when our staff arrive. Steven loves horses and Kati Hammond, our Studio Director, taught him how to make sculptured horse heads. Tony Hyden, our Senior Studio Director, taught Steven how to draw horses, and fellow artist, Nancy West, taught him how to paint on canvas. Steven is also great a salesman and frequently sells his sculptures, paintings and drawings at events. The money earned from his art helps Steven and his family purchase food. Imagine Art is Steven's place and the studio is filled with artists who are his friends.

See Steven's art featured in November's issue of the Imagine Art 'Zine

Waiver Program

Rae Pleasant is one of 22 clients served by Imagine Art's long-term care waiver program. Living with cerebral palsy and an intellectual developmental disability, Rae qualifies for Medicaid waiver services that support attendant care in her home. Imagine Art began serving Rae in October of 2018. She transferred her waiver because her provider failed to deploy workers for nearly 5 months. Rae requires support from attendants to complete basic tasks such as eating, bathing and opening her front door. Rae lives alone with her cat Grayson. Rae has 22 years of experience living alone and managing her own attendants. She loves her independence and has surrendered to the challenges of relying on others to accomplish her goals. She has aspiration to write a book, with support, and hopes to name it Hallelujah Anyhow. Imagine Art is using a team approach to establish a network of women who will serve Rae daily. As a result, Rae is able to eat every day, return to her church and enjoy time with family, including this past Thanksgiving. Imagine Art's waiver program provides critical services to people with disabilities who choose to live at home rather than in an institution. Anything is possible with support.  

Training 4 Transformation

John Molina is an artist and active member of the Training 4 Transformation program. John is participating to help our team build a self advocacy curriculum that will be used to train and certify people with intellectual developmental disabilities to be Peer Support Specialists. John is an amazing advocate himself and has a rich life of friends, family, community and purpose. John gave his first-ever presentation at a Training 4 Transformation training course session this November. John created a powerpoint and presented on accessing transportation. He shared detailed information on the various modes of transportation in Austin and how to utilize them. 

See John's art featured in November's issue of the Imagine Art 'Zine
Please consider making an end-year donation to Imagine Art! 

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department
Serving Austin for 20 years, Imagine Art is a ministry that aims to establish a space where both artists with and without disabilities thrive.  Artists come daily to create in the studios, exhibit in the galleries and connect with the life of the community.  We are a place where artists experience the Presence of God and have an opportunity for transformation. Imagine Art is a place where every life is a work of art.
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