AccessAbility Announces ‘Art in the Dark’ – this Thursday

This Thursday will bring the second annual “Art in the Dark event to North Charleston at the headquarters of AccessAbility. The for-purpose, not-for-profit organization invites aspiring artists and amateurs (of all ages) to bring themselves and their families to its community art exhibition and competition.

This year guests will enjoy art that spans across all mediums. The event will feature live music, hands-on art projects, yard games, and refreshments for all ages and abilities. The creative staff at AccessAbility will adopt the world of Willy Wonka as design inspiration. Thematic surprises are in-store and will provide an all-encompassing sensory experience for the whole family.

“Art in the Dark” is an inclusive event open to community members with or without disabilities. The idea of promoting fellowship in the growing community of creators and entrepreneurs was thought up by AccessAbility Executive Director Julia Martinelli. The creative spirit and visionary saw an opportunity to accentuate the abilities of individuals with disabilities through the arts, as well as showcase AccessAbility’s many resources which are often unknown to locals.

“The idea to create an art competition and exhibition is centered in inclusiveness and serves to highlight disability as part of the human experience. We often incorporate artistic inspiration throughout the programs we deliver and many of our clients, employees, and friends are gifted in various creative outlets,” Martinelli said.

“Art in the Dark” is scheduled for Thursday, May 24th from 5-9 p.m. Participants who submit artwork will receive free admission to the event. To purchase tickets, submit artwork, and find additional information visit

AccessAbility is located between Cross County Road and Lincoln Patriot Boulevard on Dorchester Road. AccessAbility is a non-profit organization and center for independent living representing Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Williamsburg, and Orangeburg counties. The organization promotes the full integration of people with disabilities in their communities and operates on a cross-disability basis.

Feature photo by Matthew Henry from Burst