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Community Access to the Arts nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.
CATA provides innovative arts workshops to people with disabilities in a wide range of genres—painting, drawing, dance, theater, singing, drumming, juggling, yoga, and creative writing—and then shares their artistic creations with the community through our annual performance and year-round art shows. These public events shine a light on the talents of our CATA artists, drawing attention to the ability within disability.
CATA is based on a few groundbreaking ideas: that the arts can transcend difference, that creativity can be embraced by all of us, that tiny moments of connection can lead to tidal transformations.
Jasmine Gillett is a 37 year-old artist with Down Syndrome. She lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts with her parents. Jasmine has enjoyed drawing, painting and designing clothing since she was a young girl. Landscapes, clothing for adults and children, abstract designs of interwoven shapes and portraits of her favorite pop star, Michael Jackson, are her specialties. Art has always been a way for her to express and communicate her ideas and show what she loves.
Jasmine is a woman with many other interests as well. She has studied karate for over 20 years and reached black belt status. She continues to work towards her second-degree black belt status. She is active in Special Olympics, participating in bowling, basketball and track events. She volunteers at the Seekonk YMCA children’s day care center, attends Pride Enterprises, and also works at Market Basket in Attleboro, MA as a packer. She is a devoted auntie to her niece and nephew. Jasmine is proud to have her work exhibited at the Inner Space Gallery in Providence, RI and hopes that you can attend her Gallery Night reception on November 17th from 5-9pm.
Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery is a gallery and shop inside the Share Space building that focuses on the work of New England-based artists with disabilities and mental illness. This gallery provides a location to view and purchase artwork from a variety of programs, making Outsider Art more accessible to the general public.
Outsider artists have a natural ability to express themselves and communicate through their art. Because these artists are not taught in traditional art settings they are free to experiment and are not hindered by artificial constructs. The art becomes an extension of their life experiences; it comes from a much more raw and uninhibited space without being concerned by the constraints of being “normal.”
We want to celebrate the artists that exist outside the bounds of the traditional art world, and promote those who find themselves, in some ways, on the outside of society. We want to help show the public that there is great power in being an outsider.
Providence, RI 02906