Arts Unbound collaboration with Essex Regional Educational Services Commission (ERESC) and Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Newell will host the 3rdAnnual Arts Accessible Festival in Fairfield, NJ. The purpose of the art festival is to create a safe and creative space for persons with disabilities and underscore the benefits of visual art in special needs communities through hands-on visual art workshops led by Arts Unbound instructors. The festival is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public. In 2017, the festival convened over 250 participants from schools serving special needs children, seniors, and organizations working adults with developmental and physical disabilities. 

Each art activity is designed to inspire learning, increase skills and confidence, and engage the participant in developmentally appropriate creative expression. Due to the success of the festival the past two years, Arts Unbound will add more workshops to the program. Some of the workshops will include painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry-making, art games, etc. Informational booths for parents will be on hand, along with live music, games, and food

The workshops will be led by Arts Unbound teaching artists, seniors and this year we will introduce one of our current students to help provide an art activity for the participants of the festival.

For more information about the festival, please contact the Director of Arts Education, Armisey Smith at (973) 675-2787 or email at