LI’s Largest Special Needs Art Show Showcases Talent and Diversity

The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is hosting ArtAbility, Long Island’s largest special needs art show, in collaboration with many amazing partner organizations to showcase the power of creative expression.  The virtual reception and art show will take place online Wednesday December 9 from 6pm – 7pm. To view the artwork and celebrate the diversity and creativity of students with special needs, visit our website or call 631.470.9620 for more information.

ArtAbility 2020 aims to show the impact art has on the special needs community. The inspiration for the Spirit of Huntington Art Center comes from its founder, Erich Preis, a successful artist, who is on the autism spectrum himself.  “Art was always my way of communication,” said Preis, who has exhibited his art pieces in many galleries in the New York area. “It has helped me to learn about myself and relate to others.  I relate to people with challenges because I overcame many myself.”

The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is the realization of Preis’ vision to open an art school for students who struggle with self-expression. Many of these students with special needs aspire to be like Erich Preis, who has worked with students of varying backgrounds and abilities.

The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is proud to be working together in partnership with many non-profit organizations.  Thanks to the support of government funding and generous partners.  CPNassau, The Viscardi Center, Life’s WORC, South Huntington School District, ISS, Adler Center for Autism, Autism Speaks, Pal-o-Mine, Halo Network, FREE, as well as our contributors all those who generously support the goal of both the artists and our 501(c)(3) charity.  ArtAbility is made possible by a grant from Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, sponsored by Legislator Tom Donnelly.

The mission of the Spirit of Huntington Art Center is to ignite the passion of students with special needs and Veterans for creative expression that transforms their lives. The Center is built on a foundation of love that fosters problem solving and free expression that can help nurture students of all ages through educational and vocational training in our structured safe environment.

Programs include,  “Artists Come Alive,” a series of classes that introduces students to the lives of famous artists taught live through an interactive slide show presentation, which tells the story of the challenges artists overcame through their art. The students are inspired by a live demonstration and encouraged to create their own masterpieces and channel their emotions and feelings through their art.

The Art Center is continuing to transforming lives with the ArtWorks program that provides technical training to prepare students for a career in digital art with structured classes that teach the tools needed to be successful in a job after high school and/or post secondary education. ArtWorks also provides the practice of soft skills needed to secure and maintain employment in today’s world of websites, social medial and the digital graphic arts.

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