ARTS Program

The ARTS Program’s mission is to offer creative outlets and platforms for self-expression, personal growth, and an opportunity to educate the public about the incredible possibilities all individuals possess.

The program provides activities and experiences that encourage creativity, independent thinking, relationship building, confidence, and self-motivation. These opportunities may be funded through Day Support Services, Individualized Home Supports, or may be paid privately.

Professionally Taught Classes in a Variety of Art Mediums

Visual Art

Students participate in a variety of mediums and styles during a class session, creating finished pieces. In addition, students learn about art history and influential artists. Throughout the year student artists display their work in art galleries in the community.


Students explore different genres of music and movement, gaining greater body awareness and control and becoming comfortable expressing emotions through their movements. Students learn original choreography and perform in community settings.


Students gain valuable communication and performance skills while having fun. The class learns how to portray different characters and emotions while participating in theatre exercises and improvisations, creating original one-act plays to perform for the community.

Creative Writing

Students explore creative writing through instruction and introduction to renowned writers. Each class includes writing time, time to share work, and feedback. Students share their finished work at a community poetry reading.


Students learn components of musical improvisation as well as rehearsal and song building. The class identifies students’ natural strengths—instrumentation, voice, rhythm, and lyric work—while encouraging growth and exploration in new experiences. The class creates collaborative, original pieces of music to record and perform for the community.

Classes are available to individuals served by CHOICE, unlimited as well as other members of the community. Call Annie Roseen, ARTS Program Director for more information 218 724 5869 ext. 206

Meet Our Instructors

Annelisa Roseen

Annie is the ARTS Program Director, instructor of the Dance and Acting Classes, and the Director of the BOLD-choice Theatre Company. Annie has her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of St. Benedict. She has lifelong experience as an artist, 20 + years as a teaching artist and over 15 years of experience working with persons with disabilities.

Maria Brown

Maria is a lifelong artist who has taught for nearly 20 years. Maria has her Master’s Degree in Ceramics. She has over 10 years of experience working with adults with disabilities. Maria teaches Visual Arts Classes and is the consultant for individuals that wish to make art a vocation.

Tina Higgins Wussow

Tina is the Creative Writing Class instructor. She is a published author, has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, and has 9 years of experience working with people with disabilities. Tina is a college professor and is very active in the creative arts community in Duluth.

Toby Churchill

Toby is the Music Class instructor and the Musical Director for BOLD-choice Theatre. Toby is a musician and performing artist with over 25 years of songwriting, album recording, and touring experience. He has over 13 years of experience working with and teaching music to individuals with and without disabilities.

This activity is made possible by

the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislation appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

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