Engage, Encourage, Empower
Founded in 2007 by Beverley Taylor Sorenson to create open opportunities to experience art, express creativity, and foster collaboration.
Arts Access offers art to students of all abilities, with an emphasis on serving students with disabilities. We connect teachers with resources to help them incorporate art in inclusive, equitable, and joyful ways. Our mission is student-centered and supports individual agency.
Important Past Events
Marquetta Johnson is a Teaching Artist and Quilter currently residing in Jonesboro, Georgia. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and professional development in the areas of Arts Integration, Arts Infusion, and Inclusive Classrooms. Marquetta has appeared on many radio and television shows discussing and demonstrating her art form, an example being HGTV’s “Crafters Coast to Coast”. Marquetta’s artwork has been featured in several magazines including “Quilt Magazine” and MARTA’s “Marta on the Go Magazine”. Her artwork is in many private and corporate collections such as the estate of the late B.B King, Faith Ringgold, The University of Maryland, Turner Broadcasting, and The Coca Cola Company. Marquetta is also a published author having written the book “Hand Dyed Quilts”. Marquetta has affiliations with VSA arts International/Kennedy Center, The Names Project-The Aids Memorial Quilt Foundation, the Museum of Design- Atlanta, the Fulton County Teaching Museum, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Marquetta presently is a Teaching Artist at the High Museum of Art- Atlanta.
Barry Stewart Mann
Barry Stewart Mann, MFA, is a professional actor, storyteller and arts educator based in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of San Diego. Barry is on the faculty of Lesley University’s M.Ed. Program in Integrated Teaching through the Arts since 2008, teaching courses in “Drama and Critical Literacy” and “Cultural History Through Storytelling.” He has taught and led workshops in story and drama integration at numerous colleges and universities. He is a proud member of the National Storytelling Network, the Southern Order of Storytellers, and Actors Equity Association. He has been delighting audiences and inspiring students for nearly four decades, and brings a vibrant honesty and caring playfulness to his performances, workshops, classes, and scripts.
Gerard Stropnicky is in his 50th year as a multi-faceted theatre professional. After Northwestern, he studied with Alvina Krause, and in 1978 co-founded Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE), where he worked for the next 35 years, transitioning to Emeritus in 2013. He’s acted in over 100 productions, and directed 71 to date, including classic, contemporary, new, original or devised plays at BTE, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Sandglass Theatre, Florida Shakespeare Festival and elsewhere. His work on LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (culled from 200 years of letters to local newspapers), was published as a play by Baker’s Plays/Samuel French and as a trade paperback by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. In 2010, he was awarded the Temple Grandin Award winner for service to the autism community.