A Note from the Founder

After a two-week Christmas break, the Imagine Art community stepped full swing into the new year. The studios are alive with artists creating and preparing for upcoming opportunities to exhibit and market their work. Our Training 4 Transformation program begins the transition into its second year with a grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, while our AmeriCorps Planning team actively designs for a member program scheduled to launch this August. Our long-term care waiver program steadily grows in number and capacity with 23 individuals receiving in-home and community based support. A new greenhouse was established in the garden over the break, providing a winter covering that promises a bountiful harvest in Spring. Our studio is filled with artists who delight in being together in community with shared purpose and vision. 

The new year promises exciting changes for Imagine Art, as our board and leadership team continue to enhance operations with a focus on board, policy and operational development. This next season is a time of preparation and positioning as we ready ourselves for this next level move, a vision to establish a Live+Make campus that will take 3-5 years to manifest. This is an amazing window of time for our community to continue refining who we are and what we do. As the founder of Imagine Art, it is both terrifying and delightful to watch us grow and take our place in the Austin arts community, which has become a beautiful, meaningful and powerful demonstration of transformation. 

Debbie Kizer
Founder, Executive Director

 

Studio and Gallery

The gallery walls are being reset for our annual Valentine's exhibit featuring and curated by our Senior Studio Director, Tony Hyden, and including work from Imagine Art artists Carol Gonzales, Ramin Mandavi, John Molina and Arron Throgmorton. The transition of winter to spring is a time of art making for the artists in our community. The artists reflect back on success during the EAST Austin Studio Tour and look ahead into the new year for direction and clarity for their work. The Spring exhibit 'call for art' will be released in mid-February with a hopeful theme of the revival of rebirth. Studio Directors will support artists to explore the theme in order to make, present, price and submit their works for the exhibit call.  

Waiver Program

Imagine Art began providing long-term care waiver *services in order to provide quality services to persons electing to live in community verses within institutional care. Waivers are Medicaid funded 'slots' that allow recipients to opt out of institutional care and partner with a community agency to manage the in-home delivery of services. Many waiver providers focus on group home and sheltered workshop services. Imagine Art is unique in that it specializes in community based, independent or supported living. Our team of attendants and specialists offer tailored supports that are designed to allow people to remain in their homes. Read more about our waiver program.

*Services include attendant care, transportation, nursing, social work, OT, Speech, dietary and behavioral. The program also provides funding for dental care, adaptive aids and home modifications.  We have 23 clients receiving waiver services. To be eligible a person must be living with IDD, an intellectual developmental disability, and have a qualified waiver slot.  

T4T

Our Training 4 Transformation (T4T) program is offering peer support activities that include weekly peer support group meetings; weekly writing groups; monthly self-advocacy training; and monthly meet up groups. The T4T program is actively researching methods to develop the first certification program in Texas that will train and certify peer specialists with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD). The project is focused on person centered planning and self-advocacy to reduce institutional placements, empowering persons to live in the community with supports. Find out more

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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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