The Anchor House of Artists was founded in 1997 with the mission to support and expand the creative careers of artists living with mental illnesses, fight the social stigma that they face, and contribute to the cultural enrichment of Western Massachusetts and beyond.
At the center of our effort is our subsidized studio. Here those served by our mission can redefine their lives for who they are as artists. Here and beyond, we have launched exhibits to showcase accomplishments that are one with the artists we serve.
In 2010, we opened our doors to established artists to self-produce shows in our galleries. We did this to demonstrate parity for our artists served by the mission within the public art world, to grow the audience, and to enhance collaboration between Anchor House of Artists and the greater art community.
In January 2017, we launched the New England Visionary Artists Museum to extend our work to include the conservation of the legacies of artists who lived on the vividly prescient edge of life, educate the public on their lives lived, and research visionary art.
In January 2020, we established the Open Creative Education Center, offering quality art instruction and instructional support from qualified professionals to members of our community regardless of their income status.