Frederick Douglass Library Hosts Eastern Shore Hospital Exhibit for
National Disability Awareness Month
PRINCESS ANNE, MD-In recognition of October as National Depression and Disability Awareness Month, the Frederick Douglass Library at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is bringing the "2008 Reflections of Nature-Maryland's Statewide Celebration of the Arts" show to the area from October 10-31.
Organized by the auxiliary of the Eastern Shore Hospital Center of Cambridge, the show features artwork, ceramics, jewelry, photography, self-portrait masks, sculpture and other media created by citizens with disabilities from across the state of Maryland served by hospitals and community-based programs under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
According to organizers, the event is aimed at addressing the stigma often attached to persons with disabilities, while allowing the community to be part of a positive, rewarding arts project. "This exhibit presents the participants in a different light, showcasing their talents, revealing hidden qualities and individual creativity," said Shelia Bailey, interim dean of the Frederick Douglass Library. Librarian Ann Reed, an art education major, assisted the library with the selection and set up of the exhibit.
The show can be viewed in the lobby of the Frederick Douglass Library in six display cases. Major print titles on famous persons, past and present, that prospered despite their disabilities will also be highlighted and can be checked out. The library hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 -12 a.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The exhibit is supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the National Endowment of the Arts, Salisbury University Galleries, DHMH Division of Volunteer Services, the Maryland Council of Auxiliaries and the Mental Health Associations of the Eastern Shore.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, firstname.lastname@example.org.