We provide a welcoming space where students of all abilities can explore their creative voice through painting.
How we treat vulnerable groups and individuals is an indicator of how advanced our society is, in a spiritual sense. In 2013, artist Matthew Palmo merged his passion for art and concern for individuals with developmental disabilities when he founded IndicatorArt®, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
IndicatorArt®’s mission is to enhance the lives of those most vulnerable. Our programs help every participant explore creative expression in an inclusive, fun, and respectful environment.
What We Do
Since its founding, IndicatorArt® has worked with hundreds of people with developmental disabilities. The paintings our students create are sometimes surprising, often astounding, and always a reminder of what each of us is capable of doing.
We currently offer on-line painting workshops and in person workshops in Buffalo, NY. See Classes for more details, or take a look at a specific Location/Online to see what classes are currently being offered.
We founded IndicatorArt® with a single painting class and a philosophy that places people first. That philosophy has evolved as we’ve grown, and it still applies today.
People are more important than art
Our belief is that people are more important than art. We create real and long-lasting relationships with our students and the people who support each of them. We continue to form a community that is alive with not only creativity, but also empathy.
Our belief is that everyone’s point of view is valuable. We guide, influence, and collaborate with our students during the creative process without taking over and doing it for them.
Our belief is that everyone is an artist. We simply give our students the opportunity to begin the process of cultivating their craft and saying something meaningful.
Our belief is that there are no mistakes. Each brush stroke, even if it is uneven or seems random, simply helps to form the artist’s distinctive style.
Our belief is that an artistic space should be a safe place for all students to express themselves. We strive to create an environment where people support and encourage one another, allowing all kinds of ideas to thrive.