Our Core Values

Every person is valuable and deserves to be understood.
We recognize the potential of every child, youth, and adult and believe that disabilities are not a barrier to success.
The arts are a fundamental tool for helping all people reach their potential.
Together, we can empower people of all abilities to be active, positive, and contributing members of our community.

Key Messaging


All Arts, All Abilities


Artists Creating Together empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow, and celebrate through the arts


ACT provides art and creative expression programming, which helps to enrich the lives of people with and without disabilities throughout all of West Michigan.

ACT student painting with volunteer

Our Language

People-first language emphasizes the individuality, equality, and dignity of people with disabilities.

Rather than defining people primarily by their disability, people-first language conveys respect by emphasizing that people with disabilities are first and foremost people. At ACT, we encourage the use of people-first language when communicating about disability issues, whether verbally or in writing.

It is important to note that many people with disabilities, particularly younger people, are choosing to use “identity-first” language such as “autistic” or “disabled.” How a person chooses to self-identify is up to them, and they should not be corrected or admonished if they choose to use identity-first language.

For more information on people-first language, please refer to the article below:

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