In November 2006, Arc Resources Unlimited (ARU), a program of The Arc of Monmouth, and VSA arts of New Jersey collaborated on a new art gallery at the Freehold Raceway Mall, featuring work by artists with disabilities.
The Red Horse Gallery offers exhibits, receptions with the artists, workshops, and open house gatherings. The gallery also retails sale of artwork at this major shopping destination in the heart of Monmouth County. ARU provides employment services in the Freehold Raceway Mall, ARU’s team of professionals assists people who have disabilities in finding a job reflective of their skills, abilities and talents and continues support during the training process, and on an as needed basis, after the person has become successfully employed.
In ARU’s quest to promote the skills, talents, and dreams of people with disabilities, the collaboration with VSA arts of New Jersey was a natural progression. VSA arts of New Jersey is a part of the international VSA arts network, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Founded in 1978, VSA arts of New Jersey is dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities. Programs and services including arts education, professional development, award competitions, festivals and performances are offered throughout the state. A major component of the organization’s work involves programming for young people with autism.
Since the opening of the gallery, many schools and organizations have proudly exhibited their art at the gallery and the receptions held to promote the talents of all the artists featured in the gallery have been very well attended. The staff of the Red Horse Gallery would like to hear from you, should your school or organization be interested in exhibiting art created by children or adults with disabilities.
If you are an adult with a disability and would like to retail your art in the gallery please contact VSA arts of NJ at (732) 745-3885 or Thea Strong at (732) 866-0435 For more information about the artists featured at the Red Horse Gallery and the programs provided please visit us at the Freehold Raceway Mall.