NOVA ArtWorks provides a supportive atmosphere where adults with a wide range of disabilities can learn skills through art, promoting recovery and independence.
ArtWorks supports adults with mental health diagnoses and/or intellectual disabilities throughout Northern Virginia. The program provides community-based mental health support with a focus on skill-building and psychoeducation through art. ArtWorks promotes expression, empowerment, and socialization, and fosters individual strengths and resources offering the supports necessary to address individual recovery goals without the stigma of a mental illness diagnosis. Participants expand creative talents by exploring a wide variety of media including painting, fused glass, fiber arts, printmaking, sculpture, knitting, and card making. Artists are also offered opportunities to develop marketing skills through exhibitions and sales within the community. For each artwork sold, the artist earns 50% of the proceeds, with the remainder returning to the program to fund supplies and marketing. This approach provides participants the opportunity to be recognized for their abilities, make a profit, and most importantly helps to develop a sense of self.