Spinoff Studios is now Spindleworks Offsite, a progressive art studio that offers programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities directly in the community. Our Kennebec Valley studio is now located within the walls of the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Our partnership with the Harlow represents a shared advocacy for artistic growth, education, and gallery exhibition within the heart of the Kennebec Valley.
Artistic Growth: Supported individuals receive mentorship from professional artists to develop skills to find their artistic voice and share their work with the community.
Education and Exhibition: We see art making as a form of communication. We seek to connect our artists with the community through hosting art exhibitions and collaboratively working on public programming. Our inclusion at the Harlow provides moments for artistic professional development, social engagement, and self-representation in the community. Furthermore, being immersed in the operations of an art gallery increases confidence and independence in the individual we serve.
Studio: We offer a safe and supportive work environment with access to plenty of space, materials, and artistic mentorship. Our mediums include painting and drawing, textiles and weaving, writing, and poetry.
Spindleworks Offsite is an extension of Spindleworks Art Center and a program of Independence Association of Brunswick, Maine, whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community. Spindleworks is a nationally renowned arts mentorship for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its galleries and exhibits have welcomed art lovers as an integral part of the Brunswick downtown for more than 40 years.
History: In February of 2011 Spindleworks held an exhibit “MOSAIC” at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. The warm welcome this exhibit received from the community solidified the need for a program within the Kennebec Valley to support the creative growth of individuals within the region. Spinoff Studios, a community support program of Independence Association, was started in December 2011 as a sister program to Spindleworks in order to support artists with intellectual disabilities to develop expressive skills and be fully included in their community. Spinoff provided studio space, supplies, and mentorship to support personal growth. The studio and gallery supported over 30 artists from the greater Kennebec Valley region. This well-loved program closed its space in Downtown Gardiner in August of 2020 in order to protect the health and safety of the program artists during the COVID pandemic. Independence Association remains dedicated to continuing to support the former artists of Spinoff in a new way, removing barriers to full inclusion in the community. The new Harlow Gallery-based programming gives artists with disabilities the choice to receive support in a fully integrated setting working alongside other community artists.