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Fishers features artists with disabilities

Fishers features artists with disabilities

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — The city of Fishers and Conner Prairie are teaming up to host an art show with one specific characteristic: each of the artists has some kind of disability.

The show “Inclusion Through Art” coincides with Disability Awareness Month. It features a reception Thursday evening 6 – 8 p.m. at Conner Prairie. It’s a free event and all are invited to attend and view the art displayed within Conner Prairie. The art show is hosted by the Fishers Arts Council, in cooperation with Conner Prairie and the Fishers Advisory Committee.

The art show stretches across the city, within Conner Prairie, local businesses and inside City Hall’s Art Gallery. The art is provided by community partners, organizations and local artists with disabilities. Artwork will be available for purchase from agreeing featured artists. Thursday evening’s event also includes appetizers and a silent auction to raise money for local organizations, according to The Fishers Arts Council.

The city of Fishers has already launched a new video campaign honoring locals with physical or intellectual disabilities. The video follows this year’s theme of “FOCUS 2020,” talking about sports, jobs, accessibility and housing on the city. The city’s website also includes local business coupons, a link to the Fishers Art Trail app and other Disability Awareness Month events.

The Governor’s Council of Indiana has also launched a video campaign called “See People Not Punchlines,” featuring people with disabilities sharing their stories and some good jokes as well. Its website also features a list of state-wide events for Disability Awareness Month.