Pinellas nonprofit sells art done by their clients with autism, disabilities

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) — Sixty years and standing strong. It’s not easy for nonprofits to have that kind of staying power, but PARC in Pinellas County, that serves adults and children with disabilities, has been able to thrive over the decades.

The agency used a state grant to bring in professional artists to teach clients how to use the right techniques and textures to create their own works of art.

“They have been thrilled about learning about the different pieces, but then when you sell the different pieces of art and they get 50 percent of the commission, their sense of being and sense of worth just shines through them, because they are becoming professional artist,” said Mattie Mingst, the Arts Administrator at PARC.

The community here in Tampa Bay and across the state is embracing the art. There are some pieces selling for thousands of dollars at extravagant galas, hanging in museums statewide, available through popular on line stores and even on display at a store front on the grounds of PARC in Pinellas County.

The agency is always in need of supplies, volunteers who might have a passion for art, or people in the community who might want to frame up one of these spectacular works of art. Get more information on PARC here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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