Art Has No Barriers

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 mono prints 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.

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.”

Classes will be held at the Lansing Art Gallery on Saturday, March 11 & 25 and Saturday, April 8 & 29 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Sign up will be through the Lansing Art Gallery Education Department. Finished art will be framed for display in a gallery for a reception and an exhibition of the students’ artwork that will be showcased through the fall.

Reception: May 21, 2017 at 1 PM
For more information and to enroll, contact Education Director, Michelle Carlson at