Studio Route 29 is a progressive art studio that centers the creative practices and perspectives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as a community space that champions inclusion and brings people together in play and creative spirit.

ArtYard is delighted to collaborate with and support Studio Route 29, a part of a growing movement of initiatives providing community, dignity, income, and an opportunity for adults with developmental and other disabilities to realize their full creative potential.

Studio Route 29’s staff includes Executive Director and Founder Kathleen Henderson and Studio Directors and Co-Founders Lydia Glenn-Murray and Hop Peternell.

Their programming ranges from facilitated studio time for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to after-school art making for high school students of all abilities and the monthly Film for Friends film series to exhibitions in its own Beauty Gallery, ArtYard’s Courtyard Gallery, and Early Bird Cafe.

The studio offers facilitated open studio time designed around the interests of participating artists. Artists have access to a range of mediums, including but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, weaving, rug making, installation, sound art and music, performance, fashion, video, and poetry.

Studio Route 29 is a community space, hosting regular art clubs, screenings, parties, and other events for the public, as well as collaborating regularly with outside artists, organizations, and businesses in our area.

Beauty Gallery, Studio Route 29’s exhibition space, provides exhibition opportunities and related career support tailored to each artist. Studio Route 29 also maintains exhibition space at and in collaboration with ArtYard with regular programming in ArtYard’s Courtyard Gallery. Participating artists at Studio Route 29 can choose to make their work available for sale and will receive a 50 percent commission of all artworks sold. The Studio also connects with and creates opportunities for participating artists to lead workshops, give artist talks, exhibit outside its galleries, publish, receive design commissions, and more, depending on the individual’s areas of expertise and interest.