Northeast Arc created the ArcWorks program in 2004 in response to a need expressed by families and caregivers for inclusive, more structured opportunities in the arts for the individuals and communities Northeast Arc serves.
ArcWorks initially served as a guild for artists with physical and/or intellectual challenges. Today its mission is to provide an inclusive visual arts experience for artists and viewers of all talents, skills, interests and backgrounds.
The Gallery @ Southside was the original exhibition space for the ArcWorks initiative. The gallery, located at the Northeast Arc Center for Developmental Excellence at 6 Southside Road in Danvers, is dedicated to developing opportunities for and promoting the works of individuals with disabilities—allowing them to express their creativity and share their artistic voice. The ArcWorks Community Art Center and Gallery Shop opened at 22 Foster Street in Peabody Square in the spring of 2011, with the goal of providing an integrated community arts experience for people who enjoy artistic expression. Participation in workshops and exhibits at the center is open to everyone.
The Art Gallery at the Community Art Center
The Art Gallery features rotating curated and juried exhibits by local artists in a variety of media. Opening receptions are free to the public and provide an opportunity to mingle with fellow art lovers, nosh on local eats, and enjoy artistic demonstrations.
The Gallery Shop at the Community Art Center
The ultimate in buying local, the Gallery Shop features a wide variety of handmade items by regional artists, ranging from cards to jewelry to pottery.
Try your hand or hone your skills in the disciplines of painting and pottery with classes and workshops tailored to different skills and age groups. Check out our calendar for the right dates and times for you.
Consort with the creative crowd at our events. Artists, crafters, writers, dancers, musicians, culinary wizards and culture enthusiasts unite in a friendly and informal environment to skill share, supply swap, and show-and-tell.
ArcWorks Community Art Center is also home to some of the Northeast Arc’s craft-based programs for individuals with disabilities, known as Heritage Industries. This includes Heritage Caning, Shine Jewelry and several other special programs.