This past Thursday I celebrated the opening of ArtWorks, an exhibition of mixed works by five very special artists from Kentucky. Two years ago my agency, Community Employment, took on five people with disabilities who, for various reasons, were not successful in traditional employment. They wanted to earn money by selling their artwork. Their talents were already developed, they just needed help with the administration of their business. We assembled a team of people to work with the artists to accomplish their goal. My job was mostly cheerleader/paper chaser/bill writer/phone call maker. It was a great experience and I learned so much.
This was a pilot program, and we decided to celebrate their success with a group exhibition. The staff (namely the wonderful Paul Burns) did a fantastic job and welcomed us and our program. Take a look at a few shots from the night (click on image to view larger):
If you live anywhere near Louisville you MUST make your way down to the downtown library before November 21st. You will not be disappointed, but you will be blown away.
All artists were supported by Creative Diversity, a local art studio serving people with disabilities. Learn more about them here.
All funds for supporting each artist was provided by the KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. You can find them here.