Arts Council for Long Beach is featuring artists from our Artist Registry. For the month of August, we are celebrating socially engaged artists and this week we are highlighting fellow non-profit organization, Able Arts Work.

The primary vision of Able ARTS Work is to provide lifelong learning, community service and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people of all abilities and all ages in an environment of warmth, encouragement and inclusion. Able ARTS Work provides unique development opportunities to all participating staff, students and partnering community members, together we grow. 

Able ARTS Work was established in 1982 as a non-profit organization to provide inclusive services for individuals with developmental disabilities, autism and ALL people through the creative arts therapies and education, music, dance/movement, drama/theater, visual arts, media and digital arts. Over the last 39 years, Able ARTS Work has expanded to provide creative art services and opportunities to the broader community including marginalized and underserved communities, youth at risk, children in a school setting and art enthusiasts throughout Southern California.

Their vision and philosophy is based on A. Maslow’s human psychology of hierarchy of human needs, thus their motto “Love Before Learning. Learn for Life.” They continue to forge community partnerships in a spirit of social responsibility that are vital to their growth from corporations, businesses and community members to connect with communities to fully integrate possibilities and talents through the expressive arts to nurture and foster a spirit of inclusivity, diversity and equity changing the status quo and promoting a quality of life for all. Today, Able Arts Work are expanding their tailor made services that are typically in-person when safe, expanding to virtual online classes pushing the needle forward to make the creative and expressive arts opportunities accessible for all.

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