We invite you to ourStudio Art Gallery, to celebrate the work and artistic achievements of our neurodiverse community!
This an open-house style event with a suggested $5 donation.
Thursday, September 8•6 - 8pm
Friday, September 9 • 6 - 8pm
Saturday, September 10 • 12 - 4pm A variety of art pieces will be available for sale withproceeds shared between the artist and Barrier-Free.
The Life Skills & Social Studio
7520 Main St #103
Sykesville, MD 21784
We've been a bit busy here at Barrier-Free, focusing on ourSupportive Independent Livingprogram!
Supportive Independent Living is part of our Skill Coaching program andprovides individuals with the opportunity to live independently with plug-in support while increasing participation in their community.
This beautiful 2-bedroom apartment in Sykesville, MD is now home sweet home for one of our Studio Members! They'll be living independently with daily check-ins and support, plus 24-hour on-call emergency response.
We are thrilled to share thatMake Studiohas selected Barrier-Free artist’s pieces for inclusion in the upcoming exhibit - Cordially Invited V.
Cordially Invited V
Barrier-Free will be featured in this art exhibition alongside other exciting and thought-provoking art produced in progressive art studios around the country and around the world.
Cordially Invited V will run from October 7 - November 5 2022 inMake Studio'sShowroom Gallery in Baltimore, MD.
Join us in congratulating Barrier-Free artists Emily (left) & Katie (right) with their art piecesRainbow Lion&Regulus.
We are delighted to add two new team members to Barrier-Free - Tianna & Kelly!
Tianna (she/her) joins us as a mentor in Company Aand is excited to be part of Barrier-Free! Tianna works full time for Target Community and Educational Services as an Employment Specialist. She has a passion for giving back and helping others live their best and fullest life. Tianna's family is her world and she enjoys spending most of her time traveling or attending events and shows with her fiancée Kelsey and step-son Oliver. She also enjoys photography, being outdoors and being an active member in the LGBTQ community!
Kelly Young (she/her) joins us as a Graduate Intern for Company A and The Studio.Kelly is currently pursuing her MA in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Drama Therapy atLesley University. She loves the multi-faceted world of theatre and has spent years working on shows as an actor, director, crew member, prop designer, set designer, and dramaturg. Outside of school, theatre, and Barrier-Free, Kelly works as the Office Manager for a Maryland-based private practice, where she strives to make mental healthcare more accessible and connect people with the best possible services to meet their needs. Kelly is also a proud member of and passionate advocate for the Disability and LGBTQIA+ communities. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and family, making art, reading, and playing board games and video games. Kelly is immensely grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Barrier-Free team and is excited to learn new skills and give back to her community!
Fresh off the Press
Faces of Westminster
Barrier-Free's very own Michael Eaton was featured in Faces of Westminster! Mike shares about his journey helping to found Barrier-Free and other fun facts about himself!
Barrier-Free is seekingundergraduate or graduate internsto join our Inclusive Theater Companies beginning September 2022. Our internships provide college studentshands-on, immersive experiencewith drama therapy work in the disability field.
Internship applications open now through September 10th
Fill our the application on our website and we will be in touch to schedule an interview!
Longtime Carroll County Arts Center Visual Arts Coordinator, Susan Williamson, presentsFrom the Shadows to the Spotlight, a new lecture focused on 20th Century female artists like Alice Neel, Faith Ringgold, Ana Mendieta, and more!
Catch it Tuesday, September 20 at 1pm or 7pm.
Thank you for you support!
Pictured: Studio Members with Mayor Link touring Sykesville’s Local Government building, “The Town House”
We are proud to be funded in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council
We are proud to be funded in part by a Safeway Foundation Grant
We are proud to be funded in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council
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