Downtown Designs Gallery showcases artistic creations of individuals
with and without disabilities. It's one of many artistic outlets and inclusive arts community engagement initiatives initiated by Looking Upwards. Looking Upwards as you'll note below is a non-profit organization that supports individuals with disabilities in living their best life. Based on peoples interests and visions for themselves, it provides the necessary foundation to create vibrant and inclusive arts communities. For many, art is a passion and for some, art is a calling and a means to not only earn income but to also meet others in the community with similar passions. Art forges meaningful connections and conversations which transcends difference. There's a ripple effect and magic that happens when these moments and connections occur...
each bringing community closer together.
Out of the Box Studio & Gallery is a creative hub for artists working in a wide range of mediums. The space was created to give artists with disabilities the resources and freedom to create without limitation and restriction. Full participation and collaboration within the community are fundamental values of this studio.
Committed to serving the rich cultural diversity
of the community we offer a wide variety of affordable and free classes, events, and programs. The collaborative works together with other non-profits, local businesses, artists, talents, volunteers, schools, and interns to assist in broadening creative opportunities and making them accessible to all.
Studio 57 is a working studio where creativity knows no bounds. Studio 57 provides art instruction, exhibition opportunities, career paths, and small business development for emerging artists, craftspeople, and photographers.
Our services have one overall goal, to support people in leading rich and satisfying lives.
To reach that goal, we listen.
We partner with the individual and family members to develop a personalized plan. With the resources of our caring team,
we assist the person in realizing dreams such as success at school, gratifying work,
artistic expression, enjoyment of relationships, participation and
inclusion in the wider community.