A team of our Center for Discovery artists are the winners of the 2019 Cerebral Palsy of New York State Visions of New York Art Contest!
The multi-media winning piece – “A Day on the Farm” – was submitted by adults in our Fine Arts Day Habilitation program and, it was chosen by a panel of judges from the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, over many other fine works. It was then showcased at the Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs.
Linda, a 62-year old artist in the TCFD program, was thrilled to be chosen to travel to Saratoga Springs and attend the conference and lit up the stage. “Thank you! I’m happy to be here! Thank you!” She gushed to the crowd. “I’m happy to accept this for everyone! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” The audience responded by matching her great energy with a loud applause.
The seven TCFD artists in the Fine Arts Dayhab program are always conscious of the environment and often upcycle to create their works. This winning “collage” was made with paint, glue, toothpicks, rocks, paper, magazine strips, and pictures that were carefully cut with adapted scissors. The labor of love included searching for and sorting rocks, as well as finding appropriate pictures in magazines. The subject matter was a familiar and beloved place: TCFD’s Thanksgiving Farm and the Milligan Hill Equine Assisted Therapy Arena.
As Stanford University Art and Education Professor Elliot Eisner once said: “Art is literacy of the heart.” Reading what’s in the hearts of the artists is easy. Their love for The Center of Discovery shines through that big, brilliant sun on “A Day on the Farm.”
Congratulations to our artists! Their work speaks to everyone’s heart and we are extremely proud!