Arts and disabilities resources

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Dancers from the Ballet Academy of Arizona, Addie Suszczewicz seated and Claire Warner during a 2012 performance of the Nutcracker. Photo by

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
The Improbable Theatre Company, for adults living with various types of disabilities, performs at the Herberger Theater Center.

Arizona Commission on the Arts
A teaching artist roster includes visual and performing arts professionals who offer integrated arts education experiences.

Arizona Magic of Music and Dance
Performances and camps.

Art Awakenings
Expressive art therapy opportunities (including creative writing, drama, movement and visual arts) for youth and adults living with mental illness. Studio and community art exhibits, creative gatherings and field trips to museums and galleries.

Arts for All Alliance
Preschool, afterschool and summer arts programs for all youth and dance, drama, music and visual arts opportunities for adults living with disabilities. Performance ensembles. Museum and performing arts field trips.

Detour Company Theatre
Enlists volunteer mentors to help provide performing arts experiences for adults living with developmental and other challenges, including deafness, blindness and autism. Detour participates in the “Cultural Connections” arts education program at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Hi-Star Children’s Center
Annual art show, musical and poetry reading/tea. Dance, drama, music appreciation and visual arts instruction.

Inner Dancer International and Ballet Academy of Arizona
Special needs dance classes and integrated performance opportunities for typical youth and youth living with disabilities.

One Step Beyond
Cultural arts programs for young adults with developmental disabilities. Dance, film, music, theater, visual art. Hosts an annual art and film festival.

Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC)
Autism Artisans program with workshops for emerging and established artists ages 13 and up with autism spectrum disorders. Special needs movie screenings at Studio Movie Grill in Scottsdale.

VSA Arizona
In-school and afterschool art programs, information on accessible performances and artist opportunities and accessibility training for arts organizations. Affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Find additional programs for youth with special needs through Raising Special Kids in Phoenix.

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