Senior Wednesday: Envision Art Gallery
May 3, 2023 | 10:30am
Senior Wednesday, Adult Events & Programs, Featured Event
$2; free for WAM members
Wichita Art Museum
About this Event
Sarah Kephart and Hannah Christenson will discuss the Envision Art Gallery and how blind and visually impaired artists create art using their other senses.
About the Presenters
Sarah Kephart, left, Envision Arts Manager and Hannah Christenson, right, Director of Community Programs at Envision
Sarah Kephart, MFA, Certified Expressive Arts Facilitator, Envision Arts Manager, is an experienced artist who specializes in using art as a way for youth and adults with disabilities to communicate with the world around them and explore their creative abilities. Since 2013, Kephart has served as the Art Education Teacher and became the first Envision Arts Program Manager in 2021. In her position, Kephart has built a year-round arts program that offers daytime and after school classes, special evening and weekend workshops, special events, including local, regional, and national exhibitions. She works directly with individuals of all ages who are blind, visually impaired and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities accompanied with vision loss. Kephart spearheaded the launch of the Envision Arts Gallery and Community Engagement Center in January 2022 in downtown Wichita. The permanent art gallery aims to empower artists and audiences who are blind, visually impaired, and disabled by providing a safe and supportive platform to exhibit and engage to promote a culture of inclusion and accessibility to the arts for all.
Kephart was named a Certified Expressive Arts Education Consultant through the Expressive Arts Florida Institute in Sarasota in 2019, and an Arts in Healthcare certification from the University of Florida, Gainesville in the Summer Intensive of 2021. Kephart’s expertise has garnered significant community and national recognition. In 2020, Kephart was recognized by the American Printing House for the Blind as one of the top 10 art educators in the country for the BVI. And in 2021, Sarah received the Art Advocate award from the Wichita Arts Council.
Hannah Christenson, Director of Community Programs at Envision, has a background in special education and previously worked as a teacher for Rainbows United, a Wichita-based IFSP service provider, performing education transition plans. She joined Envision as a classroom teacher in Envision’s Child Development Center, where she worked with blind, visually impaired, and typically sighted students. During her time at the center, a home-based services program was added to reach students unable to attend in person. She transitioned into field work where she coordinated visits for the children and families and worked with case managers and service providers to establish community connections and resources. After receiving an additional degree in Organizational Leadership and Program Management, Hannah moved to Envision’s Community Programs department where she currently serves as Director. Being with Envision for over 11 years, Hannah has seen first-hand the amazing work and number of lives touched. She’s met, interacted and supported a wide spectrum of individuals including infants, families, students, and senior citizens, all with varying degrees of vision loss. Hannah is married and has two children.