SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A non-juried exhibition of works by artists with disabilities graces the library walls for the month of April. VSA Arts of Maine has organized this exhibit each year since 1997, but this will be the first time the show has been exhibited on Mount Desert Island.
“Our goals … are to provide an opportunity for these artists to exhibit their work, to increase awareness within the general population about the creativity and talent of people with disabilities, and to promote improved accessibility within Maine’s arts and cultural facilities,” says the organization.
VSA Arts of Maine is a nonprofit organization providing arts, educational and cultural opportunities for children and adults with disabilities in Maine. It is part of the VSA arts international network dedicated to promoting education and lifelong learning opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities.
“What ties these artists together is not a set of disabilities at all, but the power, spirit and beauty of their work,” says Alan Crichton, artistic director of Waterfall Arts in Belfasts on the group’s website. “All these are what we deeply need from art, and, fortunately, they are here in abundance.”
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