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.

What we've been doing…

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

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

  • we have reached the halfway mark of our funding goal for the year

  • making a second Pueblo push… we really want that to work

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

  • collaborating with Ormao Dance Company to develop a monthly visual arts/dance mash-up Creativity Lab

  • partnering with HearHere, a local poetry nonprofit organization to facilitate a few Creativity Labs

  • artist Sue Edge from Australia will be virtually leading a Lab in June via ‘the interwebs’

  • serving approximately 30 PWP, family members, and friends a month

  • new Creativity Lab at Province - A Refined Senior Community

  • awarded Micro Grant from Pikes Peak Arts Council

  • strategic plan and long term goals are being updated

  • raised almost $6,000 of our annual goal of $30,000

  • and much, much more to come, both in funds and achievements

Our Mission:

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.