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Re: disabilities and artists

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Glennis Dolce (gdolce19)
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 16:46:46 +0000

Christine Merriam wrote:
> Bravo!!!
> I hesitated to respond to this before, but mlh has given me courage :).
> I concur wholeheartedly.
> Christine Merriam
> Kayenta Intermediate School
> > I have been reading and enjoying (for the most part) the "artsednet" for a month. As an artist and educator who also happens to be disabled, I am appalled at the discussion of "teaching disabled artists". The people who purchase my clothing (hand painting silk) and my liturgical art (hand painted silk clergy stoles and paraments) have no idea I am disabled. They buy my work because it is art. My 'kids', eighth grade, treat me as they treat any other teacher in this school-unfortunate
> Think!!!! Teach an artist for his or her art. Don't teach an
> artist for the color of their skin, for their asbility to hear, for
> their ability to walk or speak! We will never get over the need for the Americans with Disabilities Act until the world can see people
> instead of disabilities. mlh<

It occurs to me that as artists & teachers of art what we do best is to
teach children a new way of seeing, and through this a new way of
viewing the world.