Georgia Artists with Disabilities
Georgia Artists with Disabilities, Inc. was founded in 1985 by the Pilot Clubs of Metro Atlanta and is supported by Georgia District Pilot Clubs. Disabled artists throughout Georgia have the opportunity to display and sell their original art, and are eligible to compete for awards and the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in a statewide tour and exhibit. Many mediums of artwork are included in the show, such as pottery, painting, sculpture, woodcarving, photography, weaving and others.
As GAWD begins making plans for the future, they continue to focus on their theme from their very first year, Visions and Dreams, Tomorrow’s Reality. Their main goal over the years has been to identify those disabled citizens of Georgia who are creative, capable and talented in the arts, so that their achievements and talents can be recognized. There are many disabled artists in Georgia who have visions and dreams, but have no way of making it a reality. GAWD helps make it a reality for them.
An awards luncheon is held in September of each year and the statewide tour begins in October through July. Many Pilot Clubs in Georgia sponsor artists and arrange for them to attend the annual awards luncheon in September. The nine-city tour kicks off each October and ends in July in such cities as Augusta at the Walton Rehabilitation Center. The exhibits are free to the public.
The mission of Georgia Artists with Disabilities is to provide avenues through which Georgia artists with disabilities can display their artistic accomplishments in all disciplines of the arts, and to create public awareness of the artistic skills these artists have developed by overcoming the obstacles of their disabilities. Georgia Artists with Disabilities, Inc. is a 501© (3) organization.
For more information, go to their website: georgiaartistswd.org