Creating art helps adults with developmental disabilities explore beauty—in their own words, by their own standards, on their own terms.
For most of their lives, adults with developmental disabilities have lived with the painful reminder that they’ll never live up to the world’s standard of beauty. When they create a work of art and say, “This is beautiful to me,” it opens many doors in their lives. It also opens a door to the rest of the world, who can say, “This is beautiful to us, too.”
L.A. GOAL’s professional art studio, Inside Out Productions, teaches visual arts: drawing, painting, ceramics, sewing, quilting, weaving, embroidery, photography, woodblock prints and multi-media.
Through ongoing art exhibitions, Inside Out Production artists are able to share with the world the talents of people with developmental disabilities. The act of creating something beautiful that the outside world can connect with becomes an effective tool for fostering communication, acceptance and inclusion.
L.A. GOAL is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.