Fredonia Incubator To Host Aspire Workshop

FREDONIA — The Fredonia Technology Incubator will host the Aspire Arts for Inclusion Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

Heath Bartle and Alex Glenfield, Aspire of WNY art instructors, will present the artistic, musical, literary and cinematic creations of the individuals with disabilities they serve. Discussions will include the benefits of the arts with special emphasis on community building, arguing that the arts may be one of the best ways to increase that sense of “belonging.” The second portion of the presentation will focus on Spirit Gallery.

The Spirit Gallery is a new and innovative project which will integrate the art community of Western New York with the iXpress art community comprised of artists with various developmental disabilities. The Spirit Gallery will be a creative space for local artists to share their talents while becoming mentors to the iXpress artists. They envision a fully functioning gallery, on site artist’s studios, as well as, a gift shop of handmade artisan goods. This gallery will also house a day service program that will act as a learning center where the participants develop the skills to operate and take ownership in the success of the Spirit Gallery.

Friday’s event is free and open to the public. To register, visit A tour of the Aspire collection on display will be a part of the seminar. Friday is the last day to see the show.