This winter the Kennedy Center hosts The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration commemorating the president who was an arts patron and champion of disability rights. In 1963, President Kennedy signed the first major legislation addressing mental illness and intellectual disabilities.
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, commissioned three large-scale visual arts installations by art studios inclusive of artists with mental illness and intellectual disabilities as part of the Kennedy Center's celebration.
• Art Enables' artists created Diverse Design, a larger-than-life installation of decorated benches, birdhouses, pottery, and paintings, and a backdrop by Charles Meissner that pays homage to the studio's home city of Washington, D.C.
• The Fountain Gallery of New York City brings a three-part installation addressing the extremes of bipolar disorder, conceptualized by lead artist Bernie Stote.
• The Arts of Life of Chicago presents an installation featuring human-scale handmade puppets and a parade of ten-foot tall paintings, inspired by the artists' chosen theme, "Sticky Situations."
Performance Timing: The exhibition is FREE and open to the public from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
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