Open to all ages, abilities, and economic circumstance, Access Arts has always been committed to providing creative learning experiences for everyone. That central mission propelled our growth from 28 total registrations in 1971 to an annual average of more than 2,000. Our campus grew, too. From a one basement-corner classroom to a three-building campus, our spacious studios and professional equipment match or exceed the quality of any studio in the region. Keeping true to the organization’s initial vision, this student body still includes people of all ages from all walks of life and every ability level.
Six 6-week sessions of regular classes are offered each year in a variety of fine art and traditional crafts media. Studios are available for advanced students to work independently year-round, and workshops extend class instruction. Outreach programs include lessons and demonstrations at local festivals, schools, senior centers, and organizations. In 2013, the Summer Camp and School's Out Programs were added, providing creative learning for school-age children outside of normal school activities.