In 1982, we started Able ARTS Work with three clients. Today we serve more than 3,000 individuals annually, all over Southern California. Our guiding philosophy “Love before Learning” ensures that each and every one is welcomed and cherished as an individual, and has opportunities every day for self-expression, personal growth and joy.
“Music and art are an everyday part of our clients’ lives, encouraging self-expression while building intellectual and motor skills, choice and decision making, social interaction and personal accomplishment.”
- Helen Dolas, Founder | CEO
Love Before Learning. Learn for Life.
Nearly 40 years ago, three courageous adults with developmental disabilities and a visionary music therapist charged a clear path for inclusion. Today, more than 3,000 children and adults throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties seek out Able ARTS Work’s unique approach to using art and music as a tool for positive personal and social change. While we have grown since our early days in the parks and rec’s room, it’s time for a Home of Our Own. Click image for more details!
Able ARTS Work Retail Store & Gallery NOW OPEN!
We're thrilled to finally share one of our biggest collaborations of the year with you. Able ARTS Work invites you to the grand opening of the new Able ARTS Work Gallery located at 2nd & PCH in Long Beach, CA. Our new gallery will feature artwork and handmade items designed by current and past resident artists and musicians of Able ARTS Work. Thank you to our generous friends at 2nd and PCH who donated this space to us and believe in our mission and the value of the arts!
Stop by and say hello!
Monday - Saturday: 10am-6pm
6420 East Pacific Coast Highway
Suite 150, Long Beach, CA 90803
Friendly reminder that social distancing and face coverings or masks are required for the protection of our staff and other guests.
ArtBeat Radio is a potpourri of short podcasts featuring ideas, thoughts, and creativity of adults of various abilities. Check out our new episodes right now! You can find us by searching "ArtBeat Radio" or "Able ARTS Work" on Spotify, Podomatic, Apple or Google podcasts. Click the image for our links!
The Exhibits Team at Able ARTS Work is proud to announce our first VIRTUAL Gallery Experience: Click on the image to visit the Process [EXPOSED] behind our ARTifact Forum & Gallery. Features musical performances, history, music from our ArtBeat Radio podcast, and of course, the 3D tour of our virtual gallery!
Check out our YouTube channel for Virtual Learning videos created by our incredible staff! Get in touch with your creative side while you're safe at home. Interested in receiving virtual services? Click on the email address below to contact us for more information!
Click on the header or the computer photo to visit the channel!
In a critical effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our clients, staff and communities, Able ARTS Work is closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. Rest assured, our incredible team is working diligently to provide alternative methods and minimize interruption of integral services for our clients. We aim to find calm and creativity in this time of uncertainty.
Please continue to use precautionary measures such as hand washing for 20 seconds, social distancing, etc. as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for your own safety and others. You can find numerous resources by visiting cdc.gov.
Our administrative staff will be available remotely. Please email us if you have any questions or concerns and stay in touch with us virtually through our social media pages found at the top bar of our website. Click on our "We'll Be Back!" photo to visit our page for COVID-19 resources.
As always, we appreciate your support as we navigate through these difficult times. We will come out stronger as a united community and look forward to reopening our programs & services. Until then, stay safe and healthy, friends!
The Able ARTS Work Team
The Able ARTS Work team is working diligently together with regional centers, CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), and government officials regarding health and safety protocols and precautions regarding the COVID-19/novel coronavirus. Able ARTS Work is committed to the health and safety of all our staff, clients, families and community members. For more information on the action and precautions we're taking to address COVID-19 concerns, please click the above title to download the letter shared by our CEO and Founder, Helen Dolas.
Always be the first to know about what's going on with our organization. Sign up for our newsletter and join our social community.
Improve your community by joining our cause. You'd be surprised at what a huge difference a little bit of your time can make.
Able ARTS Work is currently seeking the following volunteers at each program site:
- ART Center, Long Beach: office help, updating client files, clerical and organizational assistance - 2 days a week for a few hours
- TAP II, Gardena: clerical and organizational assistance, cleaning out art closets and assisting in the garden
- CECA, Hawthorne: regularly scheduled and consistent volunteer, help in the kitchen
- EPI, Hawthorne: volunteers for classroom assistance, help in the kitchen
Interested in these opportunities? Click on the photo to get in touch!