Studio Arc Opens

After years of planning and a year of construction and building preparation, Studio Arc opened in limited capacity to Arc of Essex County consumers in June, offering a variety of creative activities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The 5,500-square-foot leased space, on the ground floor of an office building in Fairfield, includes expansive space for activities such as yoga and Zumba, as well as art studios for learning new skills, cultivating passions and talents, and exploring new opportunities for creative expression. The furnishings and special equipment were installed after extensive research on the best options for those with IDD.

In the weeks ahead, the freshly painted walls and shelves will be filled with artistic works created by children and adults in The Arc’s programs, and a robust schedule of activities will keep the space active and busy. As the world opens up, gallery nights and other community events will fill the calendar.

Engaging with families, friends, volunteers, and the community is a key part of The Arc’s mission, and Studio Arc offers another avenue for interactive opportunities. The Arc is proud to open the doors to this creative space, and looks forward to see all the ways it blossoms in the days ahead.

If you are interested in learning more about Studio Arc, reach out to Assistant Director Evelyn Gallik at