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Downtown Art Studio Helps Adults with Disabilities Turn Passion into a Career

By Rae van Seenus on Jan 30, 2020 at 04:21 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Erin Ziegler is a student pursuing art classes at Santa Barbara Art Works in downtown’s arts district.  Despite the stigma often surrounding people with developmental disabilities, she is independent, socially expressive, and passionate about creating and selling her unique artwork. Through the support services of UCP WORK, Inc., Erin’s employment opportunity in the field of art, highlights the purpose and importance of integration and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.  She is served with essential life skills and job training to become a professional and employable artist, alongside other artists from her community.  What sets Santa Barbara Art Works programs apart, is that the student “resident artists”, are encouraged to make their own choices on which classes to attend and which mediums to experiment with throughout the entire art process. “We use a variety of techniques to adapt to the individuality of each artist, so that they can be as independent in the studio as possible, and we offer assistance when needed,” describes Studio Manager, Jacob Allio, “We also provide custom made tools for artists who need physical support.” 

 Downtown Art Studio Helps Adults with Disabilities Turn Passion into a Career

Erin Ziegler’s artwork consists of elements of floral and fauna that are juxtaposed in abstract layers of paint.  Her large canvas landscapes are often described as having a “Monet-like” impressionist quality, as if the viewer is walking through multiple fields of flowers.  When visiting the studio, you’ll find that Erin shares a studio space with a fellow artist and has been selected as the Featured Artist for the Month of March for 1st Thursday, which further supports the studio’s vision towards social and community integration.  For more information about Santa Barbara Art Works’ upcoming arts exhibition: 

 Downtown Art Studio Helps Adults with Disabilities Turn Passion into a Career
 Downtown Art Studio Helps Adults with Disabilities Turn Passion into a Career

What: 1st Thursday, “Spring Arts Collective”, Artist Exhibition & Reception
When: Thursday, March 5, 2020; Time: 5:00 - 8:00PM

Where: Santa Barbara Art Works, 28 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA

What: In collaboration with Downtown Santa Barbara 1st Thursday’s, Santa Barbara Art Works presents, a “Spring Arts Collective”, a collection of original artwork, including landscapes, watercolors, and printmaking design, from the creative imagination of 24 resident artists. Featured artist of this exhibition is Erin Ziegler. Enjoy live music by INCANDESCENCE, plus wine and light snacks provided by local sponsors. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of artwork supports art classes, adaptive art tools, and art supplies for artists with developmental disabilities served through UCP WORK, Inc. 

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Genny Guillermo

I love Erin’s art! And what a great program