Community Wheelchair Art Project Raises Awareness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2016
Contact: Tyler Morris
WHEELCHAIR ART BRINGS DISABILITY AWARENESS TO FIRST COAST
Jacksonville nonprofit hosts third annual Abilities in Art project
JACKSONVILLE, FL - This Saturday, the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) will pair art and awareness for its third annual Abilities in Art project at the Riverside Arts Market. The project raises awareness of persons living with physical disabilities in the Jacksonville community. Both wheelchair users and able-bodied individuals will create art by rolling over canvases using wheelchairs as paint brushes. The project is free and open to the public.
"It's a powerful experience to see people use wheelchairs for the first time," said Tyler Morris, Director of Marketing and Development for the ILRC. "Abilities in Art demonstrates that mobility is a key facet to independent living."
Wheelchairs used at Abilities in Art are from the ILRC's Temporary Loan Closet. The closet, supported by Brooks Rehabilitation and individual donations, provides durable medical equipment like walkers, shower chairs and crutches for free to the community.
Completed artwork will be available for purchase at the ILRC's Mystery Trip Suitcase Party on April 16th. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Independent Living Resource Center at (904) 399-8484 (voice/TTY).
About the Independent Living Resource Center
The Independent Living Resource Center is Jacksonville's Center for Independent Living and has served the northeast Florida disability community since 1978. The ILRC’s mission is to empower all individuals with a disability to live independent, self-empowered lives.
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