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Since 1949 The Arc of the Capital Area has provided individuals with disabilities training, education, and employment skills so that they can become productive and contributing members of society. The Arc offers unique services to help families adapt to life with a child with a disability and to assist maturing adults with disabilities gain the skills they need to become independent. We help them to remain at home instead of being institutionalized and provide services that allow them to live independently.

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IRS EIN: 74-1294429
Phone Number: 512-476-7044
Address: 4902 Grover Ave.
Austin, TX 78756
Seven years ago The Arc of the Capital Area, led the way by developing the art education program. This program was one of the first of its kind where clients explore artistic mediums and create artwork that is professionally shown and sold. Our program is also unique in its incorporation of behavioral skills training and mission of inclusion within the larger community. Our classes are Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Experienced instructors provide structured art classes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and community members. The Arc of the Capital Area exhibits and sells artwork from the studio in quarterly art shows, at local businesses and online. This allows the public to view the outflow of creativity from the participating artists as well as providing a customized employment program that promotes client-directed goals and self-determination. The Arc of the Capital Area developed the studio program to promote social inclusion and increase access to learning activities for people with I/DD.

The Arc of the Capital Area and ACC Continuing Education program have partnered together to become a satellite site for late afternoon, evening and weekend art classes for all abilities. These classes are offered on a trimester basis: spring, summer and fall. Individuals who enrolls will receive a student ID through ACC and will earn Continuing Education Credits. To registration visit For more information please email Mariah Lossing at

Impact Statement

The Arc of the Capital Area helps community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities not just survive, but thrive. We ensure that 2,000 individuals and families annually have support throughout their lives to achieve security, autonomy, and fulfillment. These Austinites need our help.

Needs Statement

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve the same rights respect, dignity, and security as every other Austin citizen. By supporting The Arc of the Capital Area, you provide: clients time with our pet therapy program, more art supplies, the chance to gain employment, and the opportunity to live independently.
"When my daughter Lindsey introduces herself to people, she tells them she is an artist. The Arc of the Capital Area helped give her that identity. She feels she is an important part of the community making positive contributions. Whether she sells a painting, gets commissioned to do one, or simply gives one of her creations as a gift, she radiates confidence and pride thanks to The Arc. We can't imagine life without The Arc of the Capital Area!" - Mother of art studio student

"Working with The Arc of the Capital Area throughout my college career as a member of the Texas Cowboys has been such a heartening, moving, and inspiring experience for me personally. By serving as the Harvest Moon Chair alongside Preston Martin, Max McKamy, and Hunter Halpin, I have had the privilege of seeing the direct impact of The Arc in the lives of so many individuals in the greater Austin area. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to give back to such a great cause that does so much good for others." - Jake Greenstein, Member of the Texas Cowboys

John is a bright 16-year-old high school junior in Austin, Texas. John and his mom, Sue, contacted The Arc of the Capital Area's Juvenile Justice Program last year. He has an autism diagnosis and was performing sensory-seeking behaviors that the school interpreted as defiance. He is physically imposing, and his school responded to his behaviors through physical restraint, including placing John in an isolation room for three days. After repeated negative attempts to negotiate with the school, Sue called The Arc. One of our case managers was assigned to work with John. Like many teenagers, John peppers his expressions with heartfelt hyperbole, but there is a phrase that seems simply heartfelt. At the end of his writings about his school experiences, John says, "I bless The Arc with all my heart and with thanks that goes on for trillions and quadrillions of miles thru the universe so that all the life in space can find it." - Client of the Juvenile Justice Services Program
Volunteers are paired with clients and work with various media including paint, ceramics, photography, and beads to create unique pieces of art. After becoming familiar with the studio, volunteers can teach their own art lesson. Art background is NOT necessary!

We are excited to be an official satellite campus for Austin Community College offering Continued Education Units! These official ACC courses are all abilities all inclusive courses with teachers who are able to guide beginners and further the growth of the experienced.
ACC Spring Session January 16th - May 14th

The Arc's art studio wants to bring a wealth of musical and performing arts knowledge in Austin to our clients. We are looking for compassionate musicians to teach clients the beauty of music, instruments, singing, acting, and dancing. All talents are welcome!

The Arc of the Capital Area hosts several events that rely on volunteer support throughout the year. Events include The Arc's Art Celebration & Auction, Swinging Fore The Arc charity golf tournament, quarterly in house art shows, and more!

Our corporate volunteer package can be customized based upon the number of volunteers and volunteer preference. We can plan your time with us based on art experience, working directly with clients, assessing clients ability with social media and technological literacy, providing learning opportunities within our organization, preparing canvases, filling paint bottles or assisting with displaying artwork for upcoming art shows. We welcome you and your colleagues to help us continue to build this community with team unity.

If interested in volunteering, please contact Tammy Sullivan