Artwork by Artists with Developmental Disabilities & Mental Illness
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The purpose of this research is to identify inclusive opportunities that artists with developmental disabilities (DD) and/or mental illness currently have to participate in the contemporary art world. This study has been developed as a Project, wherein I researched the history of segregation of this population in the United States, the historical context and implications of terms such as “Outsider Art”, and current inclusive art opportunities for artists at three different art programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. This provides an informed historical lens to assess public perception of artwork by artists with DD and/or mental illness and to identify the current opportunities such artists have for community engagement and participation in inclusive art exhibitions.