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Project Onward Opens New Ceramic Studio!

Ceramists Invited to Join the Program

Project Onward celebrates an exciting event in October! The non-profit studio, a leader in

disability arts, is opening a new ceramic studio on the fifth floor of the Bridgeport Art Center.

The additional workspace will provide ceramists who have developmental disabilities or mental illness with workspaces and creative tools at no cost. This opportunity is made possible by the generous three-year grant contribution from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, a non-profit organization that celebrates artists in the field of sculptural and three-dimensional art.

The ceramic studio marks a momentous shift for Project Onward. From new pottery wheels and kilns to supplies and materials, the studio is built from the ground up to enable artists to create three-dimensional ceramic pieces. The design also lets artists express their creativity

in a safe environment. Project Onward faithfully works to give artists with developmental

disabilities and mental illness a "visual voice" to tell their stories and change the world's perceptions.

“Ceramic art is a way of taking objects out of my inner world and making them into a physical reality”

- Project Onward Ceramic Artist, Cherylle Booker

Due to the sustained commitment of The Virginia A. Groot Foundation, Project Onward will

expand its program to exceed more than sixty artists who can continue to create art without

limitations. The organization is excited about the possibilities that lay ahead. The addition of

the ceramic studio opens the door for new artists, staff, and volunteers.

Ceramists Invited to Join the Program

The ceramic studio opens in October. Project Onward is seeking talented artists with

developmental disabilities or mental illness to participate in the ceramics program. Our non-

profit studio is inclusive, and we embrace artists with a wide range of experiences.

If you or someone you know would like more information about the requirements to join the

program, please visit our eligibility page and contact Email:

About Virginia A. Groot Foundation:

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation was established in 1988 and has since provided the financial means for three-dimensional artists worldwide to bring their vision to life. Fostering creative development in the sculptural space, the Foundation celebrates unique art forms, narratives, and mediums by providing annual grants so artists can continue to create without limitations. The Foundation has advocated for the art community by creating connections and freedom of artistic expression. The Virginia A. Groot Foundation was created with the belief that it has the potential to change artists’ lives.

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