The inaugural Art Includes Festival 2019 in Kuala Lumpur is on a mission to showcase disability arts and culture. The festival, which runs at the Ruang by Think City venue on Sept 23-29, underlines the need for diversity when it comes to the social, cultural and professional development of people with disabilities.
There was nothing but confidence on the faces of participants at the fourth edition of the Special Olympics Selangor (SOS) Unified Bowling Tournament in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya. The tournament was organised in conjunction with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day – the founder of the Special Olympics movement.
Today, the 12-year-old dyslexic and autistic boy enjoys live painting and his artworks were exhibited at the “The Joy of Painting; Young Artists Art Exhibition” at Pustaka in Miri last month. Seven of his paintings were sold during the exhibition to raise funds for a storybook project in rural schools.
When 85-year-old Gerry Fairbanks sits down in front of a blank canvas, she says her paintbrush might just as well be a magic wand. “Painting is magic to me,” she said during an oil-painting class at Cypress Court retirement community in Escondido, California. “To start off with a blank page and all of a sudden you have something? That’s magical.”