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Cultural Access Network honors Matheny’s Arts Access Program with this year’s Leadership Award

On June 18th 2015 at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, Eileen Murray (program director) accepted the Leadership Award on behalf of Matheny’s Arts Access Program at the 7th annual CAN awards ceremony. She was followed by Matheny’s own, Christopher Saglimbene, who was this year’s featured artist. Chris spoke on behalf of the program, citing that “Arts Access helps facilitate more than just art, they facilitate dreams.” To learn more, please visit here.




National Endowment on Arts Spotlight on Arts Access!

Arts Access is thrilled and honored to be featured in
NEA Arts Magazine.

Hear from talented dancer and choreographer Natalia Manning (pictured left), in the article “Another Set of Hands,” in addition to in-depth interviews with top Arts Access staff and a look behind the scenes of this award-winning program.

We thank the NEA for bringing attention to our outstanding artists and the work they create. Click here to read the article!


Arts Access is proud to be part of annual collaborative Art Exhibition, New Jersey Medical School – ARTS at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


The participating organizations are Creative Arts Program at The Hattie Larlham in OH, JSDD’s WAE Center and The Arc of Mercer. All four organizations have thriving programs utilizing innovative methods to enable individuals with disabilities to create fine art. The artistic process is an undeniable source of empowerment for people with disabilities, and the exhibited work is a testament to the success of each of these programs. Artwork will be exhibited from May through August. Please join us for the Artists Reception.

Sunday, May 17, 2:00-4:00pm
Free Admission
The Medical Science Building
185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ

Into the Light was awarded “Best Short Documentary” at the Garden State Film Festival

A documentary about Matheny’s Arts Access Program has been awarded the “best short documentary” at the 12th Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City, NJ!  Three Arts Access artists, painter Chris Saglimbene, choreographer Natalia Manning, and writer Jenny Durr, are profiled as they create work for the milestone Arts Access 15th anniversary Full Circle showcase.  In the process, we learn of their past struggles, current creative processes and future hopes for themselves and others like them.

More information about the film can be found on The documentary also has its own Facebook page. Or, follow on Twitter for film updates @In2TheLightFilm.


Thank you all for celebrating 20 years of the Matheny Arts Access Program!
Looking forward to the next 20 Years!
Special thanks to Congressman Leonard Lance, Honorary Chair – Full Circle 2013
Full Circle 2013 marked the millstone 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking Matheny Arts Access Program.  This retrospective event celebrated the program’s growth and honored its individual artists.  We are so thrilled that our guests had the opportunity to experience each creator’s unique artistic reflection through painting, dance, and written work.

Gourmet culinary tasting featuring the finest local restaurants:

3 West, Gladstone Tavern, Urban Table, Cafe Azzurro, cocoLuxe and Village Office Supply