To recognize the 25th anniversary of the ADA, Hyde Park Art Center is pleased to host Mariam Paré, an artist with a disability. At 20 years old and just starting her art career, Paré was paralyzed when caught in the crossfire of a gang related shooting. During her rehabilitation, she was asked to sign a form, and resorted to holding a pen between her teeth. She realized her signature looked identical to what was once her handwriting inspiring her to try painting again using a similar technique. Today, she's a wildly successful painter and travels around the world to share her story and demonstrate her technique. During this event, guests will be invited to watch Paré paint, try mouth painting themselves, and come away with a new found appreciation for the different ways artists create art.

Mariam Pare painting