Congressman Peters to Visit Downtown Art Studio - By Kristin Bull, Rochester Patch.

A downtown art studio will host a special guest Monday morning.
U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, the Democrat who represents Rochester and Rochester Hills, has plans to tour Paint a Miracle, where a state grant is helping make art happen for children and adults living with disabilities.
“Paint a Miracle is doing great things for extraordinary individuals in our community,” Peters said in a statement. “The staff are hard-working individuals who take great care to craft activities and provide a space for people with disabilities to express their creativity in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere.
"Programs like Paint a Miracle make our community a better and stronger place for all of us.”
Last year the studio received a $5,000 grant from the state of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts for its "Expression in Clay" project.
Just this week the MCACA awarded Paint a Miracle an additional $7,500 grant to provide continued support for the project in 2011.
That project has helped about 24 artists learn to work with clay, said Shelly Tyshka, the studio's executive director. The grant funded the equipment and supplies for clay projects as well as partial scholarships for the artists.

By Brendan McGauhey, Rochester Patch.
Art is one of the most basic forms of self-expression and, in some cases, an outlet to discover your full potential and artistic style.
That's what Congressman Gary Peters found on Monday when he visitedPaint a Miracle, a Rochester art studio that helps people who are living with disabilities.
Peters, the Democrat who represents Rochester and Rochester Hills, visited with artists at the studio, which recently received a state grant to allow the artists to work with clay.
“It was great to be here to see the folks working with art and pottery,” Peters said.  “It’s so important to their therapy to bring out artistic talents and creativity that people have inside of them.”


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