I read a fascinating article in the http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/luis-paredes-autistic-artist-national-gallery-art… about a young 11-year-old autistic artist, originally from Peru, Luis Paredes and who now lives in the Bronx, his artwork was chosen from an annual contest from every state of young artists to be debuted at the National Art Exhibition in Washington, D.C. for display. It’s touching to see how a person who suffers from a disorder affecting the development of his key social skills is able to connect with people throughout the world through his artwork.
The article stated there are two students selected from each state, and the District of Columbia, and their art is showcased as part of the 2012 Annual CVS Caremark All Kids Can Create National Art Exhibition at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.
I’m sure Luis was aware he was going into the completion knowing he would be facing a lot of other talented artists from other states. Luis has worked with an art teacher, Tany`a Wells-Vasquez, for 6 years at P.S. X017. Luis` entry, along with another fifth grader from New York, beat out dozens of other contestants to claim the two top spots in the state. Luis` sketch of a poignant picture of “Whites Only” café entitled “The Greensboro Four.” The artwork colored drawing presents four male figures all of different races who are seated along a bar with their heads facing the viewer.
The talents of children who have been diagnosed with disorders affecting development of their key social skills demonstrate to us that these children are capable of using their talents to speak and to connect with society and the world through their artwork and other skills. This causes me to stop and to appreciate these young people’s talents and intelligence to be aware of their exceptional abilities.
It’s my belief that “we as a society” never know what a person has to offer who may be suffering from a natural born disability. This is a good example that “we” should never shut the door to helping them, but “we” need to consistently get them the best help offered. I’m a firm believer these children have a high IQ and they can perform many marvelous things through their knowledge and talents.
Betty Siegel, director of VSA, one of the sponsors of the annual exhibition indicated they’re happy to recognize and support this diverse group of young artists; Siegel also stated programs like this are crucial for promoting inclusive arts education opportunities.
The article stated that for the competition, sponsored by VSA, an international organization on arts, and CVS Cinemark, Wells-Vasquez chose the topic “Greensboro Four” and she asked her students to draw what they felt after learning about the history of the sit-in.
It’s my belief that Luis` felt the sensitivity of the “Greensboro Four;” and who knows, he may have been able to put himself in this same type situation to capture the outstanding scene in his remarkable colored drawing. I think Luis` is a remarkable young man; and I believe he does realize the magnitude and power of how other people’s discriminations affect people. This allows us to see the depth and the magnificent intelligent abilities Luis had to grasp the concept and to realize the magnitude of hurting and affecting others feelings.
I invite you to review Luis Parades` artwork at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/luis-paredes-autistic-artist-national-gallery-art… I’m sure it will be rewarding to you as it has to me.
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