Art Has No Barriers
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Registration is now open!


Classes will be held at the Lansing Art Gallery on Saturdays, from 12-2:00 pm

March 17
April 14
May 12
June 9

Classes are FREE but registration is required.
Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center presents: Art Has No Barriers, a program piloted with teaching artist Catherine Tonning-Popowich. Catherine will be teaching an all-inclusive art class for students with and without disabilities. Students will learn to make their own art projects using various techniques and tools with no prior art experience necessary. Classes will include up to 10 participants in an intimate setting with an individualized experience. Finished art will be framed for display in the Student Art Gallery for a reception and an exhibition of the students’ artwork that will be showcased through the fall.

With the Art Has No Barriers program, Catherine will reach out to students regardless of their age or ability. She finds joy in helping them express their emotions and share their stories. Catherine’s intent through this program is to build bridges and encourage students to see commonalities between themselves and others, regardless of abilities.

Catherine Tonning-Popowich states, “For people with special needs, there can be barriers to communication and understanding within their community. The process of creating art can literally give a voice to these people who cannot communicate their thoughts and emotions in other ways, allowing them to narrate their life journey in their own way.”

For more information and to enroll, contact Education Director, Michelle Carlson at