The Art for All educational outreach initiative of Galveston Arts Center includes weekly, year-round programing at eight local health and human services sites, promoting art as a wellness tool for our community’s underserved populations. Here, adults and children of all abilities and backgrounds are empowered to explore the creative process for personal enrichment.

Partner Sites

ADA Women’s Recovery Center provides licensed intensive and transitional treatment for substance abuse to medically indigent women in coastal Texas. Art for All enhances the residential program with therapeutic recreation in the form of expressive art classes and periodic field trips to GAC.

Ronald McDonald House
of Galveston is a home away from home for families from all over the world with children who are receiving life-saving medical care at Shriners Burn Hospital or UTMB.  Art for All activities allow the children to interact, explore possibilities and fell like normal again.


Sunshine Center is a day-habilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities. Art for All classes are structured to foster clients’ sense of pride and belonging, while reinforcing concepts and adaptive skills necessary for community living.


Acute Care for Elders (ACE) provides care for patients 70 years and older in a homelike environment within UTMB’s Jenny Sealy Hospital. Lonely or anxious patients are treated to nourishing creative diversion when the Art for All instructor comes to visit them.

UTMB Children’s Hospital in the John Sealy Hospital provides family-centered pediatric care. Art for All teachers work closely with the Child Life specialist to create safe, personalized art interactions for patients in common rooms and, often, right at the bedside.


The Resource and Crisis Center (RCC) provides shelter and social services for victims of domestic violence. Art for All weekly activities encourage children at the shelter to engage in healthy creative expression while allowing the mothers to access RCC’s services.

The Transitional Learning Center (TLC) specializes in rehabilitation for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. OurArt for All teacher works alongside therapists, facilitating activities that complement the goals of group sessions to improve social/motor skills and quality of life.

TideWay is a specialized assisted living facility operated by the Transitional Learning Center for adults with Traumatic Brain Injuries. Teaching artists work with the residents in small groups to improve their quality of life and help them live to their fullest potential.

Art for All is possible because of an annual Arts Respond grant from The Texas Commission on the Arts, and through additional support from the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, the Brown Foundation, the Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust, the Ippolito Foundation, the Moody Endowment, and the Moody Foundation.