ArtABILITY ’22 Hosts Closing Breakfast Reception Before Going on Tour for 2023

On September 23, 2022 The Spirit of Huntington Art Center exhibition ArtABILITY ‘22 – Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity in the Arts had its debut as Long Island’s Largest Special Needs Art Show, in collaboration with partner organizations to showcase the power of creative expression. The show is currently on display at the Spirit of Huntington Art Center, and will have its closing reception on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The Spirit of Huntington is located at the Rise in Spirit Community Center at 2 Melville Road North in South Huntington, The public is invited to view the exhibition in its entirety before it goes on tour.


Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity in the Arts features the work of over 250 individuals from Long Island living with various physical and cognitive impairments. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on view at the Spirit of Huntington through November 16, 2022, when it prepares to go on tour for 2023.


ArtABILITY ‘22 is a traveling special needs art exhibition organized by the Spirit of Huntington Art Center that showcases the talents of individuals on Long Island living with differing abilities. Its purpose is to educate the community about the remarkable talents of this population, to inspire people to reach beyond their limitations to explore their own creativity, and to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts.


The curated collection of artworks features the work of over two hundred and fifty individuals with differing abilities who have participated in classes at the Art Center. These art classes provide a unique opportunity for students to enjoy a stress free, therapeutic environment that fosters creativity and self-esteem. Not only does ArtABILITY ‘22 celebrate the accomplishments of the artists themselves, but it also celebrates the many non-profit partner organizations that support their day-to-day lives and who believe in the impact the arts can have on the special needs community. These partner organizations include: ACLD, AHRC Suffolk, Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau, FREE- Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Life’s WORC, RISE Life Services, South Huntington School District, Winters Center for Autism, SYJCC-Butler Center, and the Mid-Island YJCC-Adler Center for Special Needs.


This exhibit is made possible by the support of:  Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly, TD Charitable Foundation, RISE Life Services, FREE- Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Life’s WORC, and Winters Center for Autism.


Michael Kitakis
Executive Director
Spirit of Huntington Art Center
(631) 470-9620 / 


About Spirit of Huntington Art Center
The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is a non-profit organization that ignites the passions of students with special needs and Veterans for creative expression that transforms their lives. Our Center is built on the foundation of love that fosters problem solving and free expression that can help nurture students of all ages, all abilities through education, recreation and vocational training in our structured safe environment. We are a Community Art Center that offers fine art classes, sculpture, music, dance, as well as digital art pre-vocation training with special needs students.

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