In conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, the Denver Public Library is displaying an exhibit of inspirational photography from Hazlo Ahora (Do it Now), in Mexico called De la Discapacidad (the ABC of Disability). The exhibit will be on display in Schlessman Hall at Central Library through July.
The Biennal is a month-long cultural celebration of innovation, imagination and the artistic achievement of the Western Hemisphere, hosted by the City of Denver. The exhibit also is a fitting way to recognize the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Hazlo Ahora invited photographers and the disabled to demonstrate their art and creativity in the ABC of Disability. The alphabet was chosen because these are symbols that humans use to make sense of what is happening around us, in a manner by which we understand that differences exist and are present in every moment. Like humans, no letter is the same as another and the differences enrich our communication and our lives with one another. The ABC of Disability recognizes the values that promote a culture for people with disabilities and highlights their development and inclusion in society.
This Exhibit has been brought to Denver by the Mexican Consulate, Cross Communities Coalition and Regis University’s Center for the Common Good. Supporting this effort are the Denver Public Library, the Denver Art Museum, The Denver Foundation and the Biennial of the Americas.
The photo of the young boy, arms outstretched as though in flight but tethered to a wheel chair as birds fly around him, caught my eye as I was rushing out of the library as the closing announcements were being made. I barely had time to stop and savor the moment, but the image was replayed all week long in my mind as I took long walks along the Westerly Creek Dam.
Bravo! What a powerful message! I wish I could have that picture to remind me every day that, although we may be bound to the earth by our seen or unseen ropes of confinement, we are free to be whatever we want to be. We can take flight and soar.
I'm lucky to be walk by those images every day. They are reminders that there is joy and hope in the imagination.