This traveling exhibition showcases artwork made by artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (August 30, 2019) – In September, PARC’s Florida Shines On will showcase a unique collection of art made by persons with disabilities at The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. The exhibition will run from September 7 – October 13, 2019 and will feature works of art from the Inspired Artist Studios at PARC.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and aims to increase visibility of PARC’s mission, while celebrating achievements in the arts by creatives of all ability levels. Florida Shines On is a collection of artworks that represents “shining on” through challenges.
The Inspired Artist Studios at PARC offers individuals with disabilities the opportunity to explore their inner spirit and creativity and to express themselves through art – no matter their circumstance. The organization promotes lifelong educational skills and helps people with disabilities contribute to the cultural and economic heart of their community.
The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art at 150 Central Avenue, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 727.892.4200 or visit www.thejamesmuseum.org.
PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children & adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. PARC provides over 40 programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Established in 1953, PARC currently serves more than 800 people in the greater St. Petersburg area.
The James Museum contains over 400 works of art selected from over 3,000 pieces acquired by Tom and Mary James over their 50 years of art collecting. The 88,000 square foot museum includes over 30,000 square feet of gallery space; a double height lobby with water feature; a Native American jewelry collection; 6,000 square feet of rental event space supporting both large events and break-out sessions; a commercial catering kitchen; and a museum shop and café. Planned programming includes special exhibitions in a variety of genres, artist talks and demonstrations, art classes, docent tours and children’s activities. Through exhibitions and education programs, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art emphasizes the core values of art that moved Tom and Mary James: action, fortitude, heritage and integrity.