Enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities through the creative arts


IndicatorArt offers hands-on workshops in the visual arts and performing arts to individuals of all abilities, including those with developmental disabilities.

Current Galleries & Showcases

Our students create amazing work in our various visual and performance art classes. We’ve grouped some of the best paintings, photographs, and performances into themed galleries and showcases so we can share them with the world. Below are the latest additions to our growing collection. Enjoy!

“This program not only changed my daughter’s life,

but changed mine, too.”

Dr. Maggie Buckely, Mother of an IndicatorArt Student

“This program is

my heart!”

Matt Moore, IndicatorArt Student

“I witnessed some amazing things happening with our friends with special needs. They became very creative and expressed themselves in beautiful ways.”

Don Bach, Community Leader and Founder of the East Aurora Aktion Club for People with Developmental Disabilities

“My son, who has autism, took an art class and a year later I am still amazed at the detail he captured of a place he used to enjoy visiting with his grandpa. I see things in the picture I did not see the last time I stood before it.”

Jane Dash, Agency nurse and mother of an IndicatorArt Student

Recent Blog Posts

An Indicator

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not. -Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax An Indicator I left the field of Human Services for several years because I was sick of bearing daily witness to the neglect of elderly people. I simply wanted to work with objects and things that didn’t experience pain and depression. I found myself at a factory-type workshop where we assembled and constructed parts for commercial vehicles. I found myself on the “Indicator Line” where we glued pieces of cut glass into plastic holders. Each one ...Continue Reading

Caught in the Farmer’s Snare

 A Nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.-Mahatma GandhiIt is true that we are in many ways very advanced. We have great cities, a powerful army, food to throw away. But what kind of countrymen and countrywomen are we turning out? Do the defenseless have to fear the strong? Do the weak have to be afraid that they will be forgotten? As a people, are we compassionate or are we greedy and self-serving? From a spiritual point of view, is America actually a backwards society?Let me illustrate these ideas with a few stories.The Burning ...Continue Reading

The Philosophy of IndicatorArt

 It is time we awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick.Richard J. Foster, authorGod is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the ruble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.-Bono, singer-songwriterThe way a society treats its most vulnerable people acts as ...Continue Reading