Our Mission

Gateway is dedicated to providing individualized, arts-based services to adults with disabilities, and supporting meaningful lives and careers in art.

Gateway Arts, located in Brookline, Massachusetts, is an internationally acclaimed studio art center dedicated to providing individualized arts-based services to adults with disabilities and supporting meaningful lives and careers in art. For over forty years Gateway has nurtured the creative talents of artists with diverse diagnoses, strengths and needs.

Over a 100 adults with disabilities utilize career development at Gateway. Artists create work and master new processes with the encouragement and support of a professional staff of artists. The artists work in professional studios, exhibit in an onsite and online gallery and sell work through the Gateway Store as well as the online store. The artists receive a 50% commission on all art sales.

Artists come to Gateway with an interest in or talent for fine art and hand crafts, and a distinctive narrative or perspective to share with the world. Each artist engages in the development of their own career by creating their own goals.  With the mentorship of staff, artists choose their mediums and develop products to sell, developing skills in various mediums, including; drawing, painting, collage, cartooning, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, weaving, mixed media, jewelry making, and new media platforms including animation and digital drawing. Additionally, artists explore expression through creative writing for publication, production in theater, music or film making.

Gateway is an established leader in the field of arts-based services and career development. As such, Gateway is continuously evolving and adapting while remaining steadfast in its commitment to the growth and evolution of programming to meet the diverse interests, strengths and challenges of emerging populations.

This is a place where you can develop skills, receive recognition, and do the work that you love. What we care about most is that each artist has told the story of their life through art, and that they feel a part of the society and the community that they live in. They feel part of the art world.

And when you ask "What do you do for a living?" they say, "I'm an artist."

- Rae Edelson, Director

Gateway Arts is a service of Vinfen, New England’s most comprehensive provider of human services to individuals with disabilities.