DisAbility Awareness at the AK
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has a long-standing history serving as an advocate for equal accessibility. Starting with the Matter at Hand program in 1973, the Albright-Knox has focused on providing individuals with disabilities equal access to its Collection and a rewarding museum experience. Today, the Creative Connection program, part of Access AK, enables and encourages individuals to express themselves both verbally and nonverbally in the art museum environment.
Creative Connection uses the artmaking process as a powerful tool to further understanding of the modern and contemporary artworks within the Albright-Knox’s Collection. Through this understanding and hands-on experience, individuals are able to grow through art. Often, evidence of this growth is exhibited in final works of art, an enhanced sense of confidence, and an interest in expressing one’s thoughts.
Currently on display, the education exhibition Process to Discovery highlights some of the most recent Creative Connection program artists. Three participating artists, Gabrielle Brewer, Roderick Crockett, and Lisa Tribunella, came together on October 1, 2014, to create a collaborative painting. They developed the concept, layout, and execution of the work as a team.
These visual artists were joined by an equally passionate team from Out and About in WNY. Avery Gill and James Walk have created a video that will allow their process of artistic collaboration to be shared. (Watch the video, “Working Together at the AK,” on the Albright-Knox’s YouTube channel.) During this experience, a variety of talented individuals came together to share their enthusiasm for the arts at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Process to Discovery is on view Wednesday, October 1–Sunday, November 23, 2014, in the Education Exhibition Hallway.
Access AK is made possible through the generous support of the James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. Endowment; The William M. Wood Foundation; and National Fuel.