About ArtShop

ArtShop provides opportunities for children and adults with cognitive, developmental, emotional and physical disabilities to participate in the creative process and develop as artists.  Through therapeutic art lessons designed with adapted steps for individuals with disabilities ArtShop utilizes the process of creating art to promote and develop self expression and empowerment.

Danelle Griner specializes in art education adapted for individuals with disabilitiess.  She has worked teaching art for many years in individual settings, day programs, rehabilitation facilities and schools and understands the needs and challenges of adapting the creative process for people with disabilities.  She created this program as a way to help people beyond those she could work with directly.  All ArtShop art lessons are based on insights and techniques developed and successfully used with children and adults with various disabilities and challenges.


About Danelle


  • B.A. Art Studio-Painting emphasis
  • B.A. Art Education

Awards and Accomplishments

2006 Rise Support Partner of the Year
Rise is a non-profit rehabilitation agency which provides career planning, vocational training, employment job placement and support services to adults with disabilities.

2007 Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Annual Conference Presenter
“Neurologic Music Therapy and the Arts: A Collaboration Toward Success”Partnership with Courage Center and MacPhail Center for Music

2007 VSA Arts of Minnesota Arts Access Award — Outstanding Arts Educator of Students and Adults with Disabilities
This is a statewide award funded by VSA arts to recognize outstanding accomplishments that help make the arts more accessible to people with disabilities.

2009 COMPAS Community Arts Program Grant in partnership with Rise Art Speaks

2009 Panelist and partner with the Symposium on the Arts and Disability through the Weisman Art Museum, University of MN Center for Community Integration.

2010 Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Annual Conference Presenter
“Everyone Is An Artist: Bringing Art Into Your Life” in partnership with Rise Inc.

2010 Arts Activities Support Grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for Rise Art Speaks

2011 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant panelist for the Community Arts Grant

2013 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant panelist for Creative Intersections Arts Grant

2013 Partner with South Washington County Schools Community Education: Elments of Art Class for Children with Disabilities

Regular Writer for Special-ism: online publication for parents and professionals working with children with special needs.

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