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” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25 in the city park adjacent to 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, Eupora Elementary, Junior High and High School.
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 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).”
To effect a profound change in the life of an EXPRESS Yourself artist, not only will one’s purchase bring them a powerful painting, it will support EXPRESS Yourself’s mission to create new studio programs, enabling it 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, the center encourage people to browse through its gallery and see the revolutionary artwork for themselves. 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.