Our Mission

Gateway Arts is an internationally acclaimed studio art center for adults with diverse diagnoses, strengths, and needs.

 

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

More than 100 adult artists 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. They work in professional studios and exhibit in an onsite gallery.  In addition, artists receive representation and a 50% commission on original art sales in our retail and online store.

Our studios are open and dynamic.

Artists at Gateway develop skills in various mediums.  Traditional, two-dimensional fine art mediums such as drawing and painting are joined by graphic design and cartooning.  Fiber arts, mixed media sculpture, ceramic hand-building and wheel throwing, jewelry making, and weaving are popular.  Additionally, artists explore expression through creative writing for publication, and production in theater, music, and film making.

Each artist engages in the development of their career.  With the mentorship of staff, artists choose their mediums and develop products.  Each artist works towards their individual goal; to be famous, try new things, or to earn income by selling products.

Gateway is a leader in the field of arts-based services and career development.

As such, Gateway realizes our commitment to the growth and evolution of programming to meet the specific needs of emerging populations.  A recent example is our newest program, Bridging the Spectrum.  Established in 2017, the program meets the needs of an emerging population of artists with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Bridging the Spectrum expands opportunities for artists to work digitally, offering studios focused in new media, animation, and digital drawing.

At Gateway Arts we know that no two artists are the same.  All of our artists come to Gateway with an interest in or talent for fine art and hand crafts, and a distinctive narrative and perspective to share with the world.  At Gateway, artists are encouraged to follow their dreams and create a unique career.  They do so while learning new processes and developing skills with the encouragement and support of a highly trained staff of professional artists who serve as studio supervisors, case managers, and mentors.

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

An established leader in the field of arts-based services, Gateway Arts is continuously evolving and adapting to meet the diverse strengths and needs of emerging populations.

In response to a growing need for alternative arts-based services for individuals with psychiatric disabilities in the late 90’s, Gateway Arts acquired additional studio space and developed programming to serve and support the careers of a new group of artists.  This addition made Gateway unique among studio art centers, serving a population with diverse diagnoses.  With the emergence of increased Autism Spectrum Diagnoses, Gateway has again expanded services to include digital art mediums and studio accommodations to support each artist and their career pursuits individually.

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