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 launchedthe New England Visionary Artists Museumto 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.
The Museum of Make Believe is new project I am looking forward to being apart of. From the vision of Geoff Mitchell, the Museum of Make Believe is dedicated to preserving the timeless art of storytelling in a uniquely creative environment that is both ethereal and enchanting. Created by a team of artists and visionaries, it offers a truly magical twist on the way contemporary art is experienced. Prepare to be transported to a place of magic and mystery where you can experience the charm of nostalgia, the power of storytelling, and the spark of imagination.
Artists Off Grid is an independent and non profit artist-in-residence centered in the visual arts located just outside Red Feather Lakes, CO. This residency, off the grid and in the wild, allows residents to experience nature and community as they create artwork outside
The culmination of this residency for each participating artist will be inclusion in an exhibition at Abend Gallery in Denver CO, Spring of 2020. The mission of these two weeks is to disentangle from our technology, to slow down and simplify, and to focus on artmaking.