Access Arts Charlottesville / Albemarle

Access Arts Charlottesville/Albemarle promotes and develops opportunities for art and creative expression for people of all ages and abilities, with a focus on serving individuals with disabilities.

  1. AACA
  2. Albemarle Post High School
  3. Anonymous
  4. David Smethurst
  5. Isabel (Izzy) Holmes
  6. Jack Jouett Middle School
  7. Jessie Friel
  8. Joshua Rocker
  9. Kathy Owen
  10. Kimberly Walker
  11. Mariam Romero
  12. Megan McGrath
  13. Parkside High School
  14. Rosemary Balister
  15. Shennel Cowherd
  16. Tabarek Hayyawi
  17. Tammy (Autumn) Foy
  18. Western Albemarle High School
  19. Zaira

2020 Literary Publications and ArtworkAccess Arts Charlottesville/Albemarle (AACA) is pleased to present original, previously unpublished poetry and short prose/short story submissions.

“G’day Mates!” This is the final line in David Smethurst’s wonderful poem about his visit to Australia and says perfectly what I wish for all of you: a g’day with friends and family, virtually or otherwise.

This online poetry publication is a first for us, in a year of many ‘firsts’.

We at Access Arts Charlottesville/Albemarle understand that staying creative – whether through poetry, art, dance, or music – helps to brighten life with joy, laughter, and a sense of belonging. This is what reading these poems feels like for me!

Thank to everyone who contributed and to Mary Anna Dunn for teaching poetry, organizing the poems, and staying focused on outcome. Thanks too to Bridget B. for graphic design and website development.


  • Annual Art Exhibits
  • Music Recital
  • Poetry Book
  • Arts Based Outreach Activities to Schools, Assisted Living Facilities and day support programs.
  • Festival of the Book Performances and Presentations


AACA sponsors art workshops at schools, recreation centers and day programs led by artists with and without disabilities. In 2019, over 7,000 participants were involved in these workshops.

Visual Art Displays

Throughout the year

Albemarle County Office Building
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902