I'm an Artist on WXXI-TV

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

A disabled young adult displays his creative art work.

I'm an Artist is a heartwarming documentary about young adults with disabilities and a dedicated teacher that helps them to create their own artwork.

Most people talk about what children with learning disabilities can’t accomplish, one art teacher showed what they can. I’m an Artist, a documentary that is part of WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies annual Dialogue on Disability series, tells the story of the often hidden children of our times – students with learning disabilities. In this heartwarming documentary, airing Thursday, January 20 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), young adults with Down syndrome, autism, and behavior issues collaborate with a dedicated teacher to create artwork for their first professional gallery exhibition.

As the students draw, color, and paint we witness how these children, who often struggle in life every day, gain confidence and self-acceptance through artistic expression. The documentary also follows the children to their field day and graduation, providing a rare inside view of life at a special needs school. At the heart of the film is Mary Jo, a woman who never stops teaching her students that there are no mistakes in art. With unwavering enthusiasm and support she demonstrates that children with learning disabilities can achieve more growth than most people believe possible.

Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series is a week-long outreach initiative designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. At the heart of this initiative is programming broadcast on WXXI-TV and AM 1370 that celebrates the amazing lives of people with disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 16-23. Dialogue on Disability is made possible thanks to support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

Comments

What an inspiring show, it is

What an inspiring show, it is good to see that there are people left in the world that are truly concerned with the well-being of people with disabilities. Art and music are powerful tools for expression and any program that recognizes their benefit deserves kudos. Too often these services are eliminated to meet some sort of bottom line or managerial bias. Service agencies that promote these programs truly exemplify putting people with disabilities first. Great job to WXXI celebrating the art and music people with disabilities have to offer.

i'm an artist

I just saw the film and I must say it was truly inspiring seeing those kids complete such beautiful artwork.