Sparc is an art studio and gallery that creates opportunities for artists who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. The location and facilities provides a platform for them to engage in self-expression as part of the community. Not only do artists realize their creative potential through the space, but it also provides a retail gallery where the artists with I/DD can take part in selling their own work. Supporters of Sparc can attend events such as First Friday shows, purchase artwork, or sign up for an evening/weekend workshop open to the community.


Please check out some of our artists and purchase some of their featured artwork!

Patricia Calonder, The Arc of Anchorage, Classes, Events

Patricia Calonder

Patti began services with The Arc of Anchorage in 2011. She has always had a creative side to her from childhood to adulthood and enjoys all sorts of crafts from beading, drawing, sewing, fiber arts, and painting. She has a love for animals, cats in particular and you will find many cat drawings in her possessions. Patti has participated in classes such as costume design, fiber arts, painting, and beading. She identifies costume design and painting as her preferred art forms and will typically be planning her newest costume creation around Arc dinner/dance themes, and events. Each costume she creates is bold, vibrant, and  beautifully sewn together; we all look forward to her newest themed costumes! Her enthusiasm and passion for art shines through her speech as she talks about her newest idea or creation to peers and staff around the agency.

Neil Hickock, The Arc of Anchorage, Classes, Events

Neil Hickok

Neil began his involvement with The Arc of Anchorage in 1971. It wasn’t until a friend suggested he take a class at Sparc: a creative place in 2002 that he tried his hand at creative arts. Upon first suggestion Neil declined but finally caved saying “okay, I’ll try one class to get you off my back!” He has been a dedicated maker ever since.

“If you think that you don’t have any talent, you should just give it a try. You might surprise yourself and find talent you never knew you had. Just give it a try, you never know.”

-Neil Hickok

Arrianne Glory, The Arc of Anchorage, Classes, Events

Arrianne Glory

It’s always clear when Arrianne steps into the Sparc Studio. She brings a sparkle and energy that cannot be ignored. On any given day she may be working on a variety of different mediums including painting, costume design, mosaic arts, or photography. She is not only skilled in these creative pursuits but also has a gift for teaching others.

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