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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Portraits of Hope

Lisa Bernhard reports:

Creative Healing

My heart rose, literally and figuratively, thanks to an organization called Portraits of Hope. It gives disabled and low-income kids the chance to dream big by creating giant works of art -- most recently by painting a blimp!

Founded by artist Ed Massey and his brother Bernie, Portraits of Hope offers creative ways for kids to flex their artistic muscles. Even children with no use of arms and legs can participate: they’re given fruit-flavored paintbrushes to use with their mouths. Truly remarkable.

The Massey brothers’ next endeavor is a huge mural at New York’s Chelsea Piers painted by kids. After that, something to make the Big Apple truly shine: colorful patterns adorning New York City taxi cabs.

As for the blimp (or airship, as they’re formally called), kudos should also go to Ameriquest, who sponsored the project through its Soaring Dreams program.

Anyone looking to contribute to funding after-school projects for kids through these wonderful organizations can log onto or

I read about this today and thought it was a wonderful program and I wanted to share the information with our readers. While, the blimp currently only flies in CA and the next projects will take place in NY, I think it is a great project and perhaps it can spread here as well.


At 9:31 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Having worked most of my life in teaching and assisting the disabled, I appreciate your comments here. Your idea of having a project in Lynchburg would be a wonderful endeavor.

Today, I went out and took a picture of a mosaic wall art in downtown Lynchburg. Wouldn't it be great if something like that could be accomplished. The picture can be found in the flicker website, under member blogs which was named Lynchburg Virgina Photos.

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...


The wall art in Downtown Lynchburg is great. Whenever I see art on the sides of buildings, it always makes me smile and brightens my day. We all need more beauty in our lives.

At 12:08 AM, Anonymous D L Ennis said...

Now, this is great, and you're right M. "We all need more beauty in our lives."


At 8:07 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...


Whenever I travel and see a mural in a city or town, I always stop and marvel over it. I wish there were more. Towns and cities can seem so barren and impersonal sometimes and these murals give an indication to the colorful lives of the people who live there.


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