Progressive Art Studio Collective brings the arts to adults with disabilities in Detroit » WDET 101.9 FM

Ryan-Patrick Hooper

Alsendoe Owens, “Red Face” (2021), watercolor and marker on paper

Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC) program director Anthony Marcellini says isolation is just one of many issues his arts-focused program hopes to address for adults with developmental disabilities and health issues. mental.

“For the disability community, programs are often more isolated. It’s a very public program,” says Marcellini. “The artists in our program will engage with the audience in a different way than a life skills program. They show their work to the general public, so we really have an aesthetic of disability adopted by the public.

Some of the artwork created at PASC will be on display at an exhibition called “Liberty Realm,” curated by artist James Benjamin Franklin. It is exhibited in a pop-up gallery of the Vella Group at 1410 Gratiot Ave. in Detroit until June 5.

PASC is a program of Services to Enhance Potential (STEP), a nonprofit service organization that supports more than 1,300 people with disabilities and mental health issues.

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper is CultureShift’s award-winning host and producer on NPR station 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit. As a longtime arts and culture journalist and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.

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