Non-profit art studio expands to support inclusivity

CHICAGO — A Bridgeport nonprofit that supports inclusive art is growing.

Project Onward – a non-profit art studio that currently works with more than 60 adults with developmental disabilities or mental illness – celebrated the opening of a brand new 900 square foot ceramic sculpture studio at a floor above his main studio and gallery in the Bridgeport Art Center on Saturday.

“It’s just kind of like a dream come true,” said Cherylle Booker, a ceramic artist at the nonprofit studio.

According to Nancy Gomez, executive director of Project Onward, a grant from the Virginia A Groot Foundation will allow them to expand their program to more ceramic artists — who will be able to access the new space and tools at no cost to artists.

“We don’t charge artists a penny to create artwork here,” Gomez said. “We provide them with the space, all the materials and guidance to create their art – and they get 50%, [while] the remaining 50% goes to the studio.

To view some of the artwork for sale and learn more about Project Onward, visit their website here.

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