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New Frist Exhibit Features Local Adults with Disabilities

See the collaboration of more than 80 adults with disabilities who are served by five local social service agencies.

A new exhibit is open at the First Art Museum featuring work from more than 80 adults with disabilities served by five local social service agencies. The exhibit runs through April 1, 2024 in the always-free Conte Community Arts Gallery.

The exhibit, titled The Power of Resilience, features a gallery of artwork focusing on the ability to withstand, adjust to or recover from life’s difficulties by overcoming fear, isolation and insecurity. All pieces focus on a special theme of resilience as well as reflection of their personal journeys. 

“By focusing on the artists’ unique abilities and boundless creativity, this exhibition promotes growth, healing and empathy among all people,” says exhibition curator and community engagement director Shaun Giles.

Some artists took photographs that reflected their challenges and strengths, others created abstract work with fabric and textures to express devastation and revitalization. There is even a quilt made of symbolic images next to portraits to celebrate community and individuality.

The more than 80 artists were led by teachers at social service agencies which include:

  • AbleVoices
  • Borderless Arts
  • Friends Life Community
  • Healing Arts Project
  • Inc.
  • Metro Parks disABILITIES.

For more information, visit fristartmuseum.org.



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.