New art center opens for neuro-diverse artists in Jacksonville
Indigo Art Therapy art therapists have created a non-profit art center to provide opportunities for neuro-diverse artists.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Three Jacksonville therapists are breaking down barriers for neuro-diverse people.
Indigo Art Therapy is a workspace for problems through art, but therapist Devon Schlegel discovered that there was a forgotten group of artists who needed their help in a different way.
“Just because someone shows a desire to create art … and has some type of disability doesn’t mean that they need art therapy,” said Schlegel. They may not need help with trauma, but they have shown they have an artistic vision and they have a voice.
She, along with the two other therapists who run Indigo, opened the art center. It is their non-profit sector that focuses on professional skills for people with different abilities.
Schlegel says the goal is to connect them to the art world and help them create more than just art, but a career.
“There is no such thing as bad art,” said Schlegel. This is the only rule at Indigo Art Therapy.
Who falls into the category of neuro-diversified?
“A lot of these artists could be on the autism spectrum,” Schlegel said. “They might not be able to communicate in a way that art galleries or other places know how to serve them. They may have a physical disability that limits their ability to travel from one place or another. other. They may have sensory needs that cannot be met in a regular art studio. “
They want to give them space, opportunities and resources.
“These people don’t really need therapy, but they need space and professional training,” she explained.
So far, one person is participating in the program and also accepting applications. Schlegel says it’s primarily for people 17 and older.
She says the vision is to eventually be able to help sell their art on their website and connect artists to galleries for exhibitions.
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