“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas
Aspire ART360 is an innovative way to communicate your commitment to inclusion.
We created this video to give viewers a sense of the ART360 program, the artists and the joy and opportunities it brings to them. Although it was created prior to NorthPointe becoming a part of Aspire, the value of ART360, it’s importance to our newly formed organization and the people we support remains the same.
Aspire’s ART360 artist James Cansler, was inspired to paint the first time he saw the work of Pablo Picasso. “Painting makes me happy,” he said. “I close my eyes and visualize myself on a beach, painting.” Fellow artist Janet Otero finds her inspiration “…comes from life, experience and all the things I imagine in my mind,” she said. “People don’t see my disability in my paintings.”
James and Janet are just two of more than 15 artists who participate in the ART360 program that promotes greater awareness and inclusion as well as income opportunities for artists with disabilities and/or mental illness through the sale of their artwork. When Aspire art is sold, artists earn income from the proceeds, and most importantly experience the empowerment and joy that comes from the recognition of their talent.