MADISON, Wis.— There are many jobs in Wisconsin for people with intellectual disabilities, but there are very few career opportunities that showcase a person’s creative skills.
At ArtWorking in Madison, dozens of talented artists showcase their talents while earning a profit too. The artists’ skill sets run the gamut.
“I wanted people to be able to have control over the work that they did, how they work for whom they worked, and where their careers want and not be beholden to a single employer for you know, 15 or 20 years doing the same task,” Lance Owens said.
Artworking’s director, Lance Owens [MFA ’00], started the program in 2009 to provide career opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
“I get to do what I love and share the love that I get,” said artist Briana Richardson.
Richardson has shared that love with her ArtWorking family for nearly 15 years.
“I’m here almost all week long. It’s my other home,” Richardson said.
For most of her professional career, Richardson has been at ArtWorking, a professional studio for artists with disabilities.