Colorado Springs artists celebrate diversity through art

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Artists from all walks of life came together for the The Independence Center’s Art of Accessibility showcase Friday.

“The art of accessibility is about creating a deliberate space for people with disabilities,” development director Timothy Gore said. “To express their visions and their stories to the rest of the community that may not be able to see it.”

Forty-one artists from across Colorado Springs were featured in the showcase.

Photographs, paintings and musical talents were all put on display in an effort to drive home a special message.

“These people have overcome their disabilities and not let them get the best of them,” artist Bryan York said.

A couple years ago, York experienced a stroke that caused him to lose mobility in his right arm, but that didn’t stop him from capturing memories.

“For me, photography has been that figurative key that opens those doors in people’s lives,” York said.

Others said being able to share their stories to the rest of the world brings closure.

“I had PTSD from witnessing a suicide when I was younger, so art is very therapeutic for all,” artist Heather Combs said.

A similar showcase is scheduled to take place in September, all in an effort to unite the Pikes Peak community.

“Having this open space for people of disabilities to display their art gives them that accessibility,” Gore said. “Now they can reach other people in the community and watch people grow and come to life and thrive.”

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