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High school art students help adult artists with disabilities

Posted at 4:30 AM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 07:06:06-05

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Badin High School senior Maddie Maccio hopes to become an art therapist after she graduates, so Inside Out Studio is helping her get the practice she needs to get there -- and it's helping painters with developmental disabilities form bonds with her classmates.

"It's really meaningful. It's probably one of the best experiences I've had as an art teacher," her teacher Sarah Daniels said.

Daniels is leading a group of Badin art students, including Maccio, in a series of visits to Inside Out, a studio that allows adults with disabilities create and sell their own art. 

By interacting with community members like Daniels' students and expressing themselves with creative work, these artists can speak for themselves and encourage others to look at disability from a new perspective.

"People can look at individuals with disabilities in a different light and see more of their possibilities," marketing representative Rhonda Brown said.