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Phone: (716) 505-5280

iXpress Art Program

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iXpress is an expressive arts program for people with developmental disabilities. It includes all forms of artistic expression from painting, clay sculpting and writing to acting, singing, playing musical instruments and photography.

Participants are led through an artistic process designed to fuel personal inspiration, improve communication skills and develop a stronger sense of self. iXpress reinforces that participants are first and foremost artists, who happen to be challenged with a disability.

iXpress instructors work with occupational, speech and physical therapists to provide each artist with individualized equipment and methods to overcome their challenges with mobility, motor control, language or learning. Many participants use adaptive artistic equipment, including headpointers instead of hands, adapted computers for writing, adapted paintbrushes, helmets equipped with a paintbrush or other adaptive techniques. Art facilitators are available to support artists in the lifelong learning experiences from hands on support to the experience of new techniques.

iXpress Components:

  • Painting
  • Community art galleries
  • Pottery
  • Theater/Drama
  • Poetry
  • Music (click here to learn more about Universal Mind)
  • Song Writting
  • Creative Writing
  • Photography
  • Videography

Special Projects:

  • Annual Aspiring Artists Fall Celebration
  • iXpress art collection
  • Local business displays
  • Gallery exhibits & Art show at local venues (See events page for details)


For more information on iXpress Art Program, please call 716.838.0047

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