Thank you California Arts Council for helping us to make a more inclusive society in the arts

On behalf of the Academy of Special Dreams Foundation and the artists we serve, we want to thanks the California Arts Council for their support and generosity but mostly for believing in our mission of inclusion in the arts!  We thank you very much for your financial support to help us with our mission of inclusion and for helping us to make a more inclusive society in the arts regardless of disabilities. 


“The Academy of Special Dreams, The California Arts Council and The ALHAMBRA present, Uniting Borders “Empowering Artists” 2022-2024, featuring the newest original works of Art by a diverse group of more than 250 local and international artists who represent a wide spectrum of race, ethnicity, gender, age and abilities, truly reflective of the diversity of our society. Congratulations to all the artists participating, especially our International artists from Mexico: Martha Olivas Torres, Gabriel Cortez Gutierrez, and Maru Huerta, artists who deftly manipulate their paint brush using only their mouth from their wheelchairs and whose colorful palettes simply inspire”.
We want to thank all our friends and supporters specially The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, The Alhambra and The California Arts Council, Sonryee, Centro Cultural Baupres and Cultura Mazatlan for their funding and support to make this exhibition of inclusion possible and for giving us the opportunity to strengthen, recognize and uplift diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts.
As our CEO Michael Dergar states, “Now that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, the Empowering Artists 2022-2023 inclusive art exhibition will celebrate the creative talents of a diverse group of artists by showcasing their original works of art to reinforce our view and educate mainstream society that exhibitions of visual art can and must include people of all backgrounds without regard to disabilities.”
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Join Us! to “Uniting Borders” an Inclusive Art Exhibition

With appreciation,

The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation

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