IASIA (International Association for Sight Impaired Artists) was founded by sight impaired artist Michael A. Williams during the spring of 2012. The organization opened its first chapter during the summer of that same and is comprised of 4 board members and operates in the Midtown area. IASIA is the first such organization created in Memphis and has its headquarters here as well. Plans are in the works to open up state offices, affiliates, regional offices and chapters worldwide.
The mission of IASIA is to recruit, promote and support individuals from the sight impaired community to get involved in the visual, performance and literary arts as a career.
The second part of the mission is to educate both the artists and the general public on the important contributions that sight impaired artist have made to society with their art, music and writings of the past. how important it is for the public to support our cause in order for us to offer services and support to present day and future artists.
In the Summer of 2013 articles of incorporation and submitted to the State of Tennessee for IASIA to be reconbnized as a nonprofit corporation and is registered in Memphis and Shelby County, TN.
In February 2014, IASIA first annual report was filed in Tennessee and the Application for tax exemption recognition (form 1023) was filed with the Internal Revenue Service and is pending review.
In June 2014, IASIA will file its first information tax return for public viewing with the Internal Revenue Service. Soon, it will be time for us to register again with the State of Tennessee as a nonprofit corporation. As we await the IRS determination for tax exempt status, we have finished up a 3 year summary plan for events, conventions, workshops, membership drives and fundraisers.
IASIA is an organization that offers hope and inspiration in the world of creativity. We sat out to find those hidden treasures of artists whether they are beginners, emerging or professional and bring them together for the world to cherish and appreciate.
Art Programs for the blind and visually impaired
ArtAccessibility-is program designed to provide solutions to various art venues such as art museums and performances. We conduct annual meetings wit the sight impaired community and various agencies and institutions to ensure that everyone is award of the challenges that the blind and visually impaired patrons endure while trying to gain access to them.
We also raise funds to arrange for personal tours nationwide for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to have the opportunity visit museums and performances with or no expense for the trips.
CreateAbility-Is a program designed to provide funding for workshops, forum and classes to individuals who are blind or visually impaired to experience the different aspects f the arts with a hands on approach, exchange ideals and find established blind and visually impaired artists to act as mentor in their field of study.
This program also is developing art exhibitions, auctions, concerts, book signings, fairs and festivals featuring visual, performance and literary artists to show off their talents to live audiences and gain more exposure worldwide.
On July 18, 2014, IASIA received its 501(c)(3) status. All donations are tax deductible. Please send donations to
238 Garland St.
Memphis, TN 38104
IASIA would like to thank the following individual(s) for their services in making IASA a reality.
Bob O Connor
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
165 Madison Avenue, Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us 901-270-0723.