Art and Aphasia

A Creative Journey to Communication Through Art

Aphasia, a condition that can make communication challenging, often leads to feelings of isolation. However, in the world of art, language is not a barrier, and expression knows no bounds. Art offers a way for those with aphasia to communicate their thoughts and emotions in a way that transcends words.

Research supports the integration of art and aphasia, showing that it can stimulate language and speech as individuals describe their creations or use art instead of words. Art therapy isn’t just about the finished product; it’s about the process of self-expression and the therapeutic benefits that come with it. Montessa Lizaso, the art instructor at the ACC, confirms that her students lose their inhibitions and communicate more freely during class.

Whether through drawing, painting, sculpture, or photography, the Aphasia Community Center, Inc. (ACC) Art Class provides a powerful avenue for those with aphasia to express themselves and engage with the world around them. It’s a path that leads to self-discovery, communication, and, most importantly, a sense of empowerment. Don’t just take our word for it. Look below to see our participants in action.

Art Class

Art Class is a dynamic and interactive program where individuals with aphasia can explore and create art projects using drawing, painting, clay, collage, and design.  Led by a dedicated Art Instructor, the class not only enhances communication and creative skills but also fosters socialization among participants.

Organizer: Montessa Lizaso
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Cost: Free
Appropriate for all levels of aphasia.

Our website’s Calendar page has the schedule of our Art Class, including dates and times. All participants must be registered members of the Aphasia Community Center, Inc. To register, fill out our Membership Application form, available on our website. Once your application is approved, you will be eligible to take part in our Art Class.


Sources: National Aphasia Association, ScholarWorks at WMU