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UNIQUE exhibit will shine light on artists with disabilities at first event since the pandemic

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John Smith
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WAER News

Arise of CNY is placing its final call out for submissions from artists with disabilities to be featured in the ‘UNIQUE’ exhibit this summer at the Everson Museum. The program has been showcasing the talents of artists for 20 years and will return to the museum for the first time in August since the pandemic began. Arise spokesperson Tim Mahar said the exhibition features everything from visual art, paintings, drawings and sculptures, to literary art and poetry.

“This beautiful work really reflects on many cases what’s happening in these individuals’ personal lives as well. And can almost be viewed as a voice for the voiceless and its really moving work when you see it because it may take you into a world that you may never have experience before.”

He adds that Arise usually receives about 60 submissions from artists and it gives them an immeasurable confidence boost to have their artwork featured in the exhibit. Some of the artists are already getting exposure by being featured in M&T Bank’s annual message to shareholders. Regional President Steve Gorcyzynski said the publication is widely available nationwide.

“This is really unique to be able to showcase the direct work of their artist that really ties in well with our mission of being inclusive and in this particular case the artwork has really been well received. The exposure her is really something special.”

Organizers said that in addition to showcasing the talents of artists, UNIQUE also brings a greater community awareness of disabled residents by sharing their stories, while fostering inclusion and celebrates independent living. The deadline for submissions is April 18.

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