Making art can be a challenge, yet a determined group of individuals are proving that with a little creativity anything is possible. Community Access to the Arts (CATA), a local non-profit organization, has been nurturing and celebrating the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts since 1993. This October Norman Rockwell Museum
will exhibit an inspired collection of work from these creators; "I Am a Part of Art! The Artists of Community Access to the Arts" will be on view at the Museum from October 4 through 25.. A special opening event celebration will be held on Sunday, October 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., and is free to the public.
"We are so pleased to have the opportunity to share the work of the talented artists of CATA with our visitors, and to collaborate with this outstanding Berkshire organization," says Stephanie Plunkett, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Norman Rockwell Museum. "The communicative power of art is truly evident in their vibrant images."
"I Am a Part of Art" features paintings created in the past year by members of CATA using the Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) adaptive painting system. A.R.T. is an innovative technique that allows individuals with severe physical disabilities to precisely execute their creative vision with the help of specially trained trackers, which act as the hands of the artist. Featuring a variety of creative styles and themes, the exhibition will be on tour around Berkshire Country through the end of the year.