Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is pleased to announce a $163,230 grant from the William Penn Foundation, whose philanthropy advances artistic, planning, management and financial capacities of the Greater Philadelphia region’s arts and cultural organizations to help sustain, grow, and diversify audiences. This 42-month grant, beginning in Jan. 2014, is the fourth grant the William Penn Foundation has awarded Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in support of the Art Ability program.
“We are extremely grateful for the William Penn Foundation’s generosity and support of the Art Ability program,” says Donna Phillips, president, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, part of Main Line Health. “This grant will help create more unique opportunities for our artists to showcase their amazing work and artistic abilities in our communities.”
The funds awarded through this grant will help sustain and expand the program through the:
- Development of an online gallery and website that will allow buyers to view and purchase works
- Creation of satellite exhibitions with the help of a curator
- Promotion of exhibitions and the development of the program via social media
- Mentoring of artists as they gain the professional skills to compete in art shows unrelated to their physical or cognitive disability
“The Art Ability program presents artworks by artists who resist being categorized by their disabilities,” says Sherman Fleming, consulting curator, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. “What’s more, this annual juried exhibition is one of few venues that not only emphasizes a full spectrum of artistic talent but also provides a fully accessible venue for all audiences to view and appreciate their work. Ultimately, Art Ability challenges us to look beyond our present moment in order to imagine our potential.”
Art Ability, which just kicked-off its 18th annual exhibition and sale, serves as a showcase for and celebration of artists with disabilities. Established in 1996, Art Ability includes the country’s largest international juried exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts created by artists with cognitive, physical, hearing and visual disabilities. This year’s 12-week exhibition features over 400 pieces of art by 215 artists from 31 states and nine foreign countries and includes works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, jewelry, metalwork and more. The artworks will be on display throughout the corridors of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, located at 414 Paoli Pike in Malvern, through January 26, 2014. The exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Artwork is available for purchase by calling the Art Ability Office at 484.596.5607.
“We are honored to once again award this grant to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital on behalf of the Art Ability program,” says Olive Mosier, director of Arts Funding, Creative Communities, William Penn Foundation. “As part of our effort to expand our region’s arts and cultural programs, we know there will be many who benefit from this program’s mission.”