The Gainesville Sun, our local newspaper recently published this article about Art in Motion, a workshop for people dealing with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. My Arts in Medicine colleague, Madeline Austin runs the program. I volunteered for Madeline five years ago when I first came to Arts in Medicine. She has been an excellent teacher.
Here’s what Madeline told the Sun’s reporter, Nicole Deck about her program:
“This is just an avenue to explore one’s creativity,” Austin said. “It’s easy when you’re dealing with physical challenges to start to fall into the ‘why me’s.’ We celebrate the challenges that are before us.”
Dave Chynoweth, one of the participants describes using his challenges to make art:
“That’s what I hope to do here, kind of develop skills and let my tremor be in the art,” said Chynoweth, who attended a recent arts and crafts workshop called Art in Motion for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders and their caregivers. “If it’s part of the art, then so be it.”