‘Art in the Park’ May 3 in Eupora

From Press Reports

Webster County Extension Service, the City of Eupora and the T.K.
Martin Center for Technology and Disability invite the public to “Art
in the Park” on May 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the city park adjacent
to the Depot in Eupora.

Modestly priced, original art will be on display and for purchase by
artists from MSU’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability,
and Eupora elementary, junior high and high schools.

The T.K. Martin Center’s project EXPRESS Yourself! (EXperiencing
Painting as Recreation & Express the Spirit within YourSelf) uses the
techniques of Artistic Realization Technologies (ART) to provide a
means for Mississippians with the most severe disabilities to feel
the power of self expression through art. Trained individuals, called
trackers, “act as neutral arms, executing the vision of the
physically challenged through laser-guided tracking and other
exacting technologies” (Lefens, 2005). Trackers use precise
techniques to “allow a person with the most minimal ability to move
to create subtle, exacting works of art” (Lefens, 2005).

The T.K. Martin Center provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary
evaluations to remove limitations through the application of
assistive technology, allowing individuals to participate in
educational, vocational and leisure activities to the fullest degree
they choose. The comprehensive nature of the services offered ensures
that the correct solutions are achieved efficiently and effectively,
with needs being met in a one-stop shop.

The staff of the T.K. Martin Center consists of a specialized team of
speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, special
educators, and rehabilitation and biomedical engineers. Facilities at
the center include adaptive computer laboratories, design and
fabrication workshops, a driver rehabilitation program, a seating and
mobility center, and specialized evaluation rooms. The fusion of
modern facilities and resources with a staff dedicated to the
realization of untapped human potential ensures a comprehensive
approach with integrated, composite outcomes for persons with
disabilities.

“Trapped first by their bodies, then again by the people around them.
One massive barrier wall stacked on top of another. The isolation
must be crushing. Yet there is that light in their eyes. How had they
kept their spirits alive? What would they tell us if they had the
power?” – excerpt from Tim Lefens’ book, “Flying Colors” (2002).

Not only will your purchase bring you a powerful painting, it will
support EXPRESS Yourself’s mission to create new studio programs,
enabling us to reach individuals throughout Mississippi. Any amount
in excess of the price of the painting is considered a charitable
donation and may be tax deductible. The T.K. Martin Center is a 501-
(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For these reasons and more, we encourage you to browse through our
gallery and see the revolutionary artwork for yourself. Please
contact the T.K. Martin Center with any questions regarding the
price, size or information for the pieces.

For more information, contact the Webster County Extension Service at
258-3971.