Arts Outreach

Special Message regarding COVID-19 Precautions:

Due to COVID-19 our art workshop calendar has been interrupted for the year 2020.
In the meantime, if you have questions about how to access community art experiences please call 502-584-1239 or
email Shawna Dellecave or Susan Miller

Advocacy through the Arts 

Expressing creativity is an essential part of development for all people.  With that core belief, The Council is committeed to providing access to the arts and art making to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers.  Promoting advocacy through art is a rich part of The Councl's history established through the Weber Gallery.  This work continues today through many outreach efforts and collaborations with local agencies. 

Learning Self Advocacy through Art Making

Collaborating with local adult day training programs:

The Council has relationships with many Louisville area adult day training programs and social clubs to provide art making and creative expression opportunities. These workshops are specifically designed for individuals with developmental disabilities to develop their skills of self-awareness and self-expression.  For more information, please contact Shawna Dellecave


Community Art Making Events: 

Getting together to make art and express creatively is a great way to grow as a community.  Make sure you are on our email list to receive invitations to our community art making events.

Self Expression for Policy Advocacy: 

The Council is honored to collaborate with the 874K Disabilities Coalition Rally in Frankfort, KY to provide an advocacy poster making session.  The 874K Rally is organized by The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Advocacy Action Network.  Participants of the poster making session create collages to show "What's important to me" for use as a visual aid when speaking with elected officials and rallying in the Capitol building.  The Council is honored to be part of the event!  The 874K rally is an annual event and more information can be found here


Care for the Caregiver

Caregivers and direct support professionals play a vital role in the life of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Research has shown that such responsibilities, while very rewarding, are also demanding and isolating at times. We know that they health of caregivers is so important. The Council's Care for the Caregiver Art Making workshop is unique way to learn about the importance of self-care and overall health for specialized caregivers.   This workshop can be offered to parent groups as well as agencies who employ direct support professionals.  Please contact Shawna Dellecave for more information. 


Opportunities to experience live performances:

Helping live performing arts like theater and dance to be accessible to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families is part of The Council's goal of true community inclusion.  The Council partners with many local Louisville agencies to provide free tickets to families for performaces; here's a list of performances that were shared in 2019 and 2020:

  • A Christmas Carol (Actor's Theater of Louisville)
  • Once Upon This Island (Actor's Theater of Louisville)
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Stage One Children's Theater)
  • Lawbreakers! A Fast and Furious History of Women's Suffrage (Stage One Children's Theater)
  • The Kosair Shiners Circus

Mentorship for Aspiring Artists

Are you an artist with a developmental disability looking for ways to share your art with our community?  Through The Council, Shawna has helped many artists to learn more about how to lead an art making workshop, exhibit art and how apply for grants that support art making.  Please contact Shawna Dellecave to talk more about how to get more involved with your community.  

Past Arts Outreach Projects:  

The Hope Vision Voice Art Show (2019)This art show highlighted sixty (60) different artists all of whom are affected by a developmental and/or intellectual disability.  The collection of art included work that was created by established artists and novices.  Each artists was invited to share their personal artistic interpretation on the concepts of hope, vision and voice.  The show as a whole expressed joyful celebration for our community. 

Art as Memory Project (2015) - A visual art and digital storytelling project that gave voice to the unique stories of individuals with disabilities in our community. The Gallery partnered with local professional artists working in a variety of media, hosting workshops that allowed our constituents to explore the themes of memory, identity and self. A team of U of L doctoral students documented the yearlong project, resulting in a film that was screened on the U of L campus in fall 2015.

Nothing About Me Without Me Project (2016 and 2017) Professional artists working in a variety of media (sculpture, photography, digital media, collage, drawing, performing arts, etc.) will lead workshops that provide participants with disabilities - both children and adults - with the skills and tools to explore and share their personal stories through the creation of art.  The project culminated with multimedia works produced by a team of U of L students. The title of the project, "Nothing About Me Without Me," has its roots in the disability rights movement.