This story originally aired in June 2016. We're re-airing it because last week, McLeese was honored with a Colorado Governor's Creative Leadership award.
These artists face special challenges. Access offers classes at its gallery and in the community for students with mental and physical disabilities. Much of their work gets sold.(Courtesy VSA Colorado Access Gallery and Studio)
Executive director Damon McLeese says the program challenges assumptions about art and artists. He spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. McLeese will speak Saturday at TEDxMileHigh's Make + Believe event.