The work of two artists from Saint Mary's Center Day Program
The work of two artists from Saint Mary’s Center Day Program

By Dari’Anne Hudson

Wayside Expressions Gallery has partnered with several organizations for its June exhibit “Art as Memory,” which showcases art created by individuals with developmental disabilities.

The year-long project is sponsored by Weber Gallery and the Council on Developmental Disabilities, and it includes artists from several programs around the city like Down Syndrome of Louisville, Creative Diversity Studios and Kaleidoscope.

Ehren Reed, director of the Council on Developmental Disabilities, tells Insider that the project brought professional artists to the disabled participants through workshops, and it includes more than 30 pieces.

“We really started thinking about the unique experiences of individuals with disabilities and how, throughout history, their voices have not been heard,” says Reed. “That was the genesis of the project.”

According to Reed, the pieces in “Art as Memory” were created to address individual experiences of people with disabilities and display the unique identities of those living with developmental incapacities.

Reed says she hopes audiences “come away with a better understanding of our community and the individual identities, stories, passions and fears that make up our community. Let this artwork be an outward expression of a very unique individual…”

“Art as Memory” runs June 5-28 at Wayside Expressions Gallery, located on the first floor of Hotel Louisville, 120 W. Broadway. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 5, from 5-8 p.m., and a second reception is planned for June 21 from 2-5 p.m.

To make an appointment or find out more information, call 836-7661.

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