Norway, Denmark, Spain, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador are among the countries that have hosted exhibitions of the work of disabled Colombian artists organized by the Arte y Talentos Especiales (Art and Special Talents) project, an innovative effort to help handicapped artists earn a living from their creative work.
“It’s a program that offers them training in the arts, leading to business ventures,” project director Carlos Guerrero told Colombia.inn, a news agency operated by Efe.
The project is being spearheaded by the Fundacion Arte Sin Fronteras, which is operated by the Guerrero Art Academy.
The goal is to “bring visibility to the artistic products of marvelous Colombians,” Guerrero said.
Seventy-one people have benefitted so far from the program, which offers training in drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, digital media, etching, video and ceramics, with the artists turning their creations into works that are ready for sale.
The artists have made a series of products, such as cushions, books, planners and other items, that sell at from 2,000 pesos to 40,000 pesos ($1 to $20).