MSAA Recognizes Ten Years of Artwork from Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

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MSAA Recognizes Ten Years of Artwork from Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is pleased to recognize ten years of sharing incredible artwork from artists in the multiple sclerosis (MS) community through the MSAA Art Showcases initiative.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is pleased to recognize ten years of sharing incredible artwork from artists in the multiple sclerosis (MS) community through the MSAA Art Showcases initiative.

Started in 2009, the MSAA Art Showcases are comprised of two categories: the MS Ability Art Showcase and the Four Seasons Art Showcase. Artists with a diagnosis of MS are invited each fall to submit their best oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel paintings, as well as drawings in ink or pencil. The artwork debuts on MSAA’s website, alongside the artists’ personal stories during MS Awareness Month every March.

The MSAA Art Showcases were formed to offer a creative outlet for the MS community – a place where individuals with MS could feel comfortable sharing their work no matter their ability level. Over the years, the Showcases have also been a source of inspiration for members of the MS community who may have previously thought their diagnosis would hinder their creative abilities. While MS may pose many challenges to artists, some artists including David Desjardins, a participant in the Showcase since 2013, view their condition as an artistic advantage. “I find that due to the disease, I am slower and more deliberate than I used to be. Before, I tended to rush through a painting, perhaps sacrificing details with which I should have taken more time,” said Mr. Desjardins. “Now that I’m slower with the execution, I find my style has definitely improved.”

In 2019, MSAA received 151 pieces of artwork from 46 artists. Mr. Desjardins is passionate about the impact MSAA’s Art Showcase can have on the MS community and on those who are not as familiar with the condition. “I feel it is very important to show everyone that even though we may no longer function as we once did, we can still make positive contributions to those around us and to society as a whole,” said Mr. Desjardins. “Regularly contributing to the MSAA Art Showcase is my way of doing that.”

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