I’m a 78-year-old retired financial executive, diagnosed with Parkinson two years ago, who has spent all his working life focused on left-brain activities so this is a thrilling departure into a whole new world of creative endeavor.
— John R.

Our Mission: Re-Imagining Parkinson’s

The Unsteady Hand promotes improved quality of  life for those living with Parkinson’s through communal creative engagement.

It is not uncommon for People with Parkinson’s (PWP) to become disengaged and isolated from their community. The explanations for separation can be physical, emotional or a combination of the two. We do everything we can to get through this mess called Parkinson’s as a community... a collective.


The Unsteady Hand engages/re-engages fellow PWPs with the power of art and creativity. We provide an outlet for uniqueness and community in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO areas with monthly Creativity Labs.  In the imaginative process, we can feed the soul, work on fine motor skills, and done as a group, we can create an intentional community of positivity. Partnering with local support groups, art organizations, PTs and OTs, The Unsteady Hand provides Creativity Labs for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners, friends, and family.  Creativity Labs are an opportunity to leave behind the ravages of Parkinson’s, focus on a purposeful activity, and engage our creative spirits.

Drawing, painting, origami, mask-making, the sky's the limit as to what we can discover as an artists collective. Our annual gallery show highlights the works produced throughout the year by our Parkinson’s artists and give individuals the opportunity to sell their work. We  provide art supplies and facilitation of the artistic process along with just a plain old dose of fun.

What we've been doing…

  • participating in the Indy GIVE! campaign

  • won the Peak Art Prize grant ($5,000)

  • awarded the Arts in Society grant from RedLine Gallery in Denver ($10,000)

  • secured a grant from The Parkinson’s Foundation ($5000)

  • awarded Micro Grant from Pikes Peak Arts Council

  • spoke at the Colorado Nonprofit Association Annual Conference (650 people … I know right!?!)

  • collaborating with Ormao Dance Company and developed a visual arts/dance mash-up Creativity Lab

  • artist Sue Edge from Australia is leading Creativity Labs Down Under

  • celebrated our 1 year anniversary with the Gallery Show - Farewell to Bees

  • made a ton of new friends at Goat Patch Brewing Co’s Unsteady Bleating Heart night


  • partnering with Wayne Gilbert, a Denver Parkinson’s Poet to facilitate a few literary Creativity Labs

  • painting with a Purpose - Let’s Paint a Cow … MOooooo, Sept 22, 2019

  • hosting a Creativity Table at the Parkinson’s e3 conference, September 7th, 2019

  • Shakin’ in Your Boots Costume Party night at Local Relic, October 28, 2019