Alchemia provides innovative and exciting opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Each one of our art and life skills courses is designed to enhance the independence and personal empowerment of each individual participant. We are proud to provide the very best selection of classes in the arts, community engagement, and personal discovery!
If you are interested in joining our Alchemia Staff or team of Artists, contact:
Liz Jahren, Artistic Director
Our Visual Arts program raises the bar for our creative thinkers, dreamers, and makers. Our art courses are taught by professional artists, who bring with them the very same passion, imagination, inventiveness, and joy that allows them to excel in their own creative work. Our art courses cater to a variety of needs, levels of experience, and preferred interests. Participants may attend workshops in painting, fiber and textile arts, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry and more!
Alchemia artists have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in our retail gallery. Located in downtown Petaluma, The Alchemia Gallery provides a unique space for our participants to validate their place in the professional art community, share their stories and artwork with the greater public, and earn extra income from the sale of their art.
Alchemia’s performing arts program lies at the heart of our goal to foster empowerment and enhance the visibility of our members. Through the use of song, dance, theater, puppeteering, film-making, and more, our performance artists increase their mastery of these creative outlets, enhance their self-esteem, and transform their own personal experiences into original works of art.
The Alchemia Theater for Life Ensemble develops original musical productions for audiences with and without special needs, focusing on issues relevant for our members, their families, and the community. The scripts draw upon true life experiences of our cast. Our actors, musicians, and dancers have toured a variety of schools, theaters, halls, and community centers, sharing their talents and their voices with live audiences across Northern California.
From photography to movie trailers, Alchemia participants have the opportunity to utilize innovative technology to express themselves artistically. Our artists have access to a range of new materials for exploration and experimentation in areas such as animation, video production, web design, podcasting, digital comics, videography, and digital photography. Past activities include film screenings of original movies, live radio broadcasts, short animation festivals, and personal website development.
Alchemia fosters strong community ties in order to promote a more fully-inclusive environment for members and non-members alike. Participating in community life highlights the significant impact each individual can make in their own backyard. Our participants engage in valuable and meaningful volunteer work, forging relationships that enhance their personal sense of worth and accomplishment.
Past community engagements includes volunteer work for the Bay Model Visitor Center in Marin County, a collaborative art and story project with Alzheimer patients entitled “Let’s Not Forget”, and music performances in local retirement homes and rehab centers in Sonoma County.