Art will range from folkloric and sentimental to bold outsider art. Each piece uniquely inspirational and surprisingly affordable. All created by emerging artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, many on the autism spectrum. In many cases, the artwork reflects the artist’s experiences with disabilities. Often a person with limited motor skills will paint figures with distorted limbs. A person with poor communication skills may enhance the facial features on a self-portrait. Collectively, their art reflects aspects of the universal human condition, such as the desire for dignity and equality, the celebration of individuality and the ability to find meaning in all of life’s experiences. For people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, who often live lives profoundly limited by circumstance, this may be one of their few outlets for self-expression. Releasing the inner artist has been said to allow a person who has lived a life largely in black and white terms, to live a life in color.
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