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  • Project Onward: Celebrating Diversity Through Inclusive Arts

    At Project Onward in Bridgeport, art knows no boundaries. This vibrant creative space provides studio facilities, materials, and an embracing community for artists with developmental disabilities and mental illness. In this insightful video, Executive Director Nancy Gomez welcomes Tekki Lomnicki of Tellin’ Tales Theatre to experience Project Onward's commitment to accessibility and inclusion. From the welcoming entrance with ramp access to the warm reception inside, the center strives to accommodate artists and patrons of all abilities. Ms. Gomez highlights the family atmosphere, where artists with developmental disabilities and mental illness produce incredible works. The artwork crafted here holds its own against any gallery, shattering preconceptions about what artists with disabilities can achieve. Lomnicki, who uses a wheelchair, appreciated the wide accessibility throughout the building's studios and exhibition spaces. But what struck her most was the empowering vision behind Project Onward. "It is a wonderful artistic place. Please come...you will have an experience like you've never had before," Lomnicki shares. Indeed, Project Onward doesn't just accommodate disabilities—it celebrates the boundless creativity and humanity within every artist. With ASL services, audio descriptions, adjustable lighting, and more, the center ensures its doors are open for all to immerse themselves in the transformative power of art. Watch the video to witness how Project Onward is reshaping the art world's perception of what's possible when opportunity and passion meet. Then, come experience this thriving artistic community for yourself. Provided by: Strategy For Access Foundation fun4thedisabled.com

  • A Heartbreaking Loss: Beloved Friend & Studio Manager of Project Onward

    A message from our Executive Director, Nancy Gomez: Whitney Oliver, our beloved friend, studio manager, and integral member of the Project Onward family along with her unborn son Felix, have passed away suddenly. I know that I speak for our staff, board members, volunteers, and interns, when I say that our hearts are broken over this tragic news.⁠ ⁠ Whitney began volunteering at Project Onward in 2016 and quickly rose to the manager’s position. She loved her job working closely with our artists and had a unique knack for inspiring them to create extraordinary art. She was kind, patient, compassionate, opinionated, and stubborn as hell when she believed in something and fought like a mama bear for her artists. She loved having karaoke parties and really, really wanted to have a baby. She loved dessert and relished every last crumb. She cracked us up with her mimicry. We called her Whit and Whinnie.⁠ There’s so much more to tell you about her - and we will. Our hearts go out to her husband and fellow Project Onward friend and volunteer Alex, her mother Jan, father Blaine and her three brothers. Funeral and memorial arrangements will be forthcoming - you'll be hearing more from us soon. With Deepest Sympathy, Nancy

  • Our New Ceramics Studio Got Talked Up in the News!

    Our just-opened Ceramics Studio, located on the sunny fifth floor of the Bridgeport Arts Center, is making a splash thanks to three different news stories that covered it! WGN9: "Bridgeport non-profit expands facilities to support inclusive artistry" NBC5: "Bridgeport Art Gallery Opens New Ceramic Studio to Help Adults With Disabilities" WBBM Newsradio: "Project Onward opens new ceramics studio to help artists with disabilities create, sell work" Our studio is looking for ceramicists with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses to join our studio! If you or someone you know would like more information about the requirements to join the program, check out our eligibility page and write to us at info@projectonward.org.

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