The Stearns County History Museum recently presented the “Momentum” exhibit, an exhibit that showcases art by artists ranging ages 16-25 who have physical and mental disabilities.
VSA (The International Organization on Arts and Disability) presented the exhibit with Volkswagen as a sponsor, a partnership that provided over $1.5 million to VSA.
The VSA was founded by Jean Kennedy Smith, its goal being to provide educational as well as creative opportunities for those living with disabilities.
The artwork consists of paintings, sculptures, and photographs related to the Momentum theme.
Selected from over 20,000 high schools and colleges, students were asked to look at their own creativity, then portray what gives them momentum in the creative process.
The 15 participants were selected from a pool of over 120 entries.
Volkswagen also provided the $60,000 total prize awarded to the 15 artists.
The prize money is not only for spending, but to help fund the future art and education careers of the artists who received it.
The exhibit was a wonderful opportunity to see the work of potential artists, and will be on display at the Stearns County History Museum until Aug. 31.