On Friday July 24, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, The THRIVE Network will launch their week long art exhibition at the SHOPS in the Loom Arts and Commerce complex in East Williamsburg. in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This monumental civil rights legislation ensured that all individuals with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else, paving the groundwork for equality and organizations like The THRIVE Network.
The exhibition, curated by Stephanie George, that showcases Brooklyn-based artist work will include a live performance by jazz percussionist and virtuoso, Ricky Gordon, whose played with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Carolina Slim, to name a few.
“The THRIVE Network’s focus is providing individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills needed to reach their highest level of independence, while insuring they experience the same privileges and opportunities enjoyed by all members of our society. During the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we want to showcase the talent and artistic capabilities of some of these individuals we support, by shining a spotlight on them. The implementation of the ADA has changed the lives of so many people we support and furthermore, has allowed a provider agency like ours, stronger opportunities to advocate for individuals with disabilities. We aim with this event to show the community that there should be more focus on one’s abilities and progress as opposed to a diagnosis,” said Charles A. Archer, The THRIVE Network, CEO.
“Between yesterday and tomorrow is mediation on the present. Exploring the qualities of ‘HERE’ as a place, declaration and moment resting between history and visions of the future, ‘HERE’ uses visual art to reflect on the legacy of the 1990 Americans with Disability Act (ADA) through a unique lens; the right to creativity. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, The THRIVE Network is proud to celebrate Brooklyn-based artists that persevere against all odds—creating in spite of and beyond their disabilities. Since its inception 20 years ago, The THRIVE Network’s art collection has steadily expanded to include the works of prominent local artists,” said Stephanie George, Art Curator for the exhibition.
The exhibition will take place at 1087 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237, from July 24-July 31 and tickets can be purchasched at TheThriveNetwork. Admission inculdes wine and other refreshments and all proceeds from this event will benefit The THRIVE Network’s consumers.