Indianapolis Celebrates Diversity with Art Exhibition by Adults with Disabilities at Indianapolis Airport – Travel And Tour World

Indianapolis International Airport (IND), the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Ability Indiana, and Mayor Joe Hogsett proudly unveiled an exhibition showcasing 72 artworks by 83 adults with disabilities. This event marks the celebration of March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, highlighting the rich diversity and creative talent of Indiana’s community, including individuals with disabilities. For over 50 years, the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities has been advocating for the support of its 50,000+ members each year, while providing employment for nearly 15,000 individuals.

“The City of Indianapolis is proud to join in this celebration of creativity and diversity at the Indianapolis International Airport,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Indy is a community that welcomes all, for we know our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. May the beautiful work of these artists inspire those who travel to and from our city all month long.”

“From employment to art, Hoosiers with disabilities are an integral part of the diverse fabric of our community – and the Indy airport is an excellent place to showcase their talents and creativity as part of our public art program that welcomes guests from all places in life,” said Mario Rodriguez, IAA executive director.

The display features contributions from artists affiliated with INARF member organizations, including Abilities Services, Inc., The Arc of Greater Boone County, Carey Services, Child Adult Resource Services (CARS), Easterseals Crossroads North, Janus Developmental Services, Inc., New Hope of Indiana, Inc., Noble, Inc., Putnam County Comprehensive Services, and Wabash Center, showcasing the wide array of talent within the Indiana community.

“We wanted to share even more incredible work created by artists with disabilities this year,” said Rodriguez. “Five more INARF member organizations joined the exhibit, growing participation and increasing the number of art pieces from 22 last year to 72 this year. It’s a big impact, and the artwork will be on display at the Indy airport for the next month.”

Founded in 1974, INARF actively advocates for over 70 member organizations dedicated to developing exceptional programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is devoted to enhancing the network of services and support for Hoosiers living with disabilities.

The Ability Indiana Program fosters collaboration between public and private entities, aiming to boost employment and training prospects for Indiana residents with disabilities. This collaborative initiative offers participants the chance to enhance their self-esteem, achieve economic self-reliance, and enjoy greater social inclusion.

“We appreciate the Indianapolis Airport Authority’s commitment to promoting the creativity of individuals with disabilities,” said INARF Vice President Andrew Alvarez. “Our Certified Ability Indiana Organizations and INARF members are proud to be part of this event for the second year in a row, and we are excited to hold more events like this in the future.”

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