About Danelle

ArtShop provides opportunities for children and adults with cognitive, developmental, emotional and physical disabilities to participate in the creative process and develop as artists. Through therapeutic art lessons designed with adapted steps for individuals with disabilities, ArtShop utilizes the process of creating art to promote and develop self expression and empowerment.

Danelle Griner is the founder of ArtShop and specializes in art education adapted for individuals with disabiliites.  She has worked teaching art for many years in individual settings, day programs, rehabilitation facilities and schools and understands the needs and challenges of adapting the creative process for people with disabilities.


  • B.A. Art Studio-Painting emphasis
  • B.A. Art Education

Awards and Accomplishments

2015 ASD Certification from Autism Society of Minnesota

2008-2015 Director of ArtSpeaks: Rise Inc. Developed art exhibition opportunites and taught adapted art classes for participants with disabilities.  

2013 Partner with South Washington County Schools Community Education:  Elements of Art Class for Children with Disabilities.      

2013 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant panelist for Creative Intersections Arts Grant

2011 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council panelist for Community Arts Grant

2010 Arts Activities Support Grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for Rise ArtSpeaks art program    

2010 Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Annual Conference Presenter  "Everyone is an artist:  Bringing Art Into Your Life" in partnership with Rise Inc.

2009 Panelist and partner with Symposium on the Arts and Disability through the Weisman Art Museum, University of MN Center for Community Integration.

2009 COMPAS Community Arts Program Grant in partnership with Rise ArtSpeaks.

2004-2008 Creative Arts Coordinator: Courage Center  Coordinated and taught adapted art classes for adults with disabilities.                                  

2007 Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Annual Conference Presenter “Neurologic Music Therapy and the Arts: A Collaboration Toward Success”Partnership with Courage Center and MacPhail Center for Music

2007 VSA Arts of Minnesota Arts Access Award — Outstanding Arts Educator of Students and Adults with Disabilities  This is a statewide award funded by VSA arts to recognize outstanding accomplishments that help make the arts more accessible to people with disabilities.

2006 Rise Support Partner of the Year  Rise is a non profit rehabilitation agency which provides career planning, vocational training, employment, job placement and support services to adults with disabilities.

Regular Writer for Special-ism: online publication for parents and professionals


Along with being the founder of ArtShop,  Danelle is also an established artist who has shown her art work in various locations including the Phipps Center for the Arts and the Bloomington Art Center. danellegrinerartist.com