8th Annual Expressions Art Exhibition: The Whole Person Exhibit Showcases the Art of People with Disabilities

graphic and art by Kim Krueger, staff member, for The Whole Person

The Whole Person’s 8th Annual Expressions Art Exhibition celebrates artists’ abilities and unique talents. The exhibition adds diversity to the arts community and exposes audiences to art that otherwise might not be seen. Expressions breaks down some of the barriers that artists with disabilities face, offering art gallery experiences that are accessible to people of all abilities.

“When I first began creating, my work was primarily influenced by my preferred medium of cut paper. I now attempt, through my art, to be vocal about the hardships I have faced since receiving the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder almost six years ago. I create art that makes you not only think, but feel . . . and hopefully smile too. It is all about the shared experience; I carry the weight of every other mind and body that has been lost in the depths of Bipolar Disorder, and I hold that responsibility close to my heart every single day. Through participation in shows such as Expressions I fully realize my struggles are very personal and legitimate, and relatable to others. Remembering that, and carrying on by sharing those struggles, I am gifted with the power to help others cope the way I do, through art.” – Kassidee Quaranta, 2014 and 2017 Expressions Artist

The artists chosen for Expressions are selected by a committee of art professionals, with their work exhibited at multiple venues from April 2018 through February 2019. In addition, each artist receives an honorarium and has opportunities to participate in professional development workshops provided by Artist INC and the Epsten Gallery.

Opening night for the Exhibition takes place April 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Kansas City Young Audiences. Attendees will enjoy entertainment, a silent auction, interactive art projects and conversations with featured artists. Accessibility options provided for the series include braille and large-print event programs, volunteer guides for descriptive audio tours, sign language interpreters and accessible entrances.

We hope you will join us for a fun-filled evening! The opening night event is free and open to the public.  For accommodations or guidance, contact Terri Goddard, 816-627-2220, TGoddard@thewholeperson.org, or visit thewholeperson.org/expressions.

The Whole Person, a Center for Independent Living, provides a full range of community-based services for people with disabilities. Their mission is to connect people with disabilities to the resources they need by supporting independent choice and advocating for positive change in the community.

–Terri Goddard, Resource Development Manager, The Whole Person

Expressions Art Exhibition Opening Night
Friday, April 6, 6 – 10 p.m.
Kansas City Young Audiences, 3732 Main Street, KCMO
Free and open to the public

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