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Video: Artists With Developmental Disabilities Bring 'Vibrant Visions' To The Castro

Sculptures, vibrant colors and textiles have taken over Thomasina DeMaio's Art Saves Lives Gallery, at 518 Castro St. in the Castro. The gallery recently fostered a new partnership with The Arc San Francisco, a nonprofit that aims to aid adults with developmental disabilities in living independent and enriched lives.

The resulting collaboration is an art show, "Vibrant Visions," showcasing the work of 20 developmentally disabled clients of The Arc. To help them develop a sense of entrepreneurship, half of the proceeds from the sale of each work will go directly to the artist, while the other half will be returned to The Arc's art programs.

"It's run very smoothly," said DeMaio. "It was planned months ago, and everything that they said they were going to do has come to pass—and even more so, way beyond my expectations."

Here's an original Hoodline video in which DeMaio showcases the "very evolved" artwork created by The Arc's artists, three of whom also discuss the inspiration behind their work. 

"Vibrant Visions" will be showing through this Sunday, August 14th. The Art Saves Lives Gallery is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm. 


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