Open Studio for All is a program FREE to everyone in the community, regardless of ability. We encourage everyone over 16 years of age to gather with us, in a casual and laid back studio setting, to create visual arts. During each Open Studio gathering, supplies will be provided for participants to work independently and an instructor will be on hand for more guided instruction, if that’s more to your liking. Open Studio will take place on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 4 pm – 7 pm, with additional gatherings sprinkled throughout the upcoming months.
Our next Open Studio, June 13th, will offer independent time to work on drawings, paintings, or mixed media, as well as guided instruction in those areas or in quilt making, with Connie Fritz. Create your masterpiece or try something new and experiment with a variety of mediums.
FREE *MUST PRE-REGISTER*
Twice Per Month
Thursday, July 11th 4 pm – 7 pm
Thursday, August 8th 4 pm – 7 pm
Arts in the News: See how open studio is helping the community at WALB.
About the Program
We are very excited to announce that The Colquitt County Arts Center has received an Open
Studio for All Grant from the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities in the amount of
$18,000. These funds will support the Arts Center’s mission to be a creative cultural resource
that makes quality visual and performing art available to a diverse population.
Open Studio for All is a visual arts program that will create a more inclusive art community by
shifting people’s perceptions about individuals with disabilities. Open Studio for All will include
instructors with and without disabilities, as well as students with and without disabilities. Open
Studio for All will be free and inclusive to all community members and will be offered at the
Colquitt County Arts Center to students 16 years old and older and will take place up to twice
per month between May 2019 and April 2020 with our first Open Studio for All art gathering
taking place on Tuesday, May 28 from 4 pm – 7 pm. Another Open Studio will follow Thursday, June
13 from 4 pm -7 pm. If you only have an hour to spare for your create time, that’s ok! You may drop
in any time during the Open Studio hours to work on your masterpiece. Just let us know which
hour of studio time you’ll need. Participants must pre-register, even though the gathering is
free, so that we can be sure everyone has ample art supplies.
During these art gatherings, Open Studio will make supplies available to everyone in the
community who attends. Students will choose their medium and will work on visual art
projects of their choosing. People will be able to share experiences, talents, and stories as
community members get to know one another. Allowing more people access to art gatherings
in our community will change people’s perceptions about individuals with disabilities and will
impact that population through the opportunities to create art, through sharing artist abilities
and talents, and through the conversations that will take place at the gatherings. Developing
and nurturing social relationships is key to mental and physical health. Through Open Studio for
All, people with disabilities will have opportunities to be the leaders and instructors of art as
well as the students, and will play an active role in changing perceptions in our community.