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The Art Department (T.A.D) is a nonprofit leadership program that advocates career exploration for Maine artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities.


T.A.D’s mission is to provide professional support for artists

striving to reach their creative potential, in an environment that encourages

each individual to develop technical skills, as well as collaborations with local artists, strategies for self-promotion, and

connections through community events

that contribute to the greater Portland art scene and beyond.




T.A.D provides art supplies, cameras, computers, studio space, and professional instruction to over 50 local artists in downtown Portland. Through public access to our workspaces and galleries, we strengthen community contacts and conversations about the inspiring talent and innovative creations of our artists.

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