CREATING A MOVEMENT: Unified Art at Special Olympics World Games

Creativity joins sporting endeavor as a force for unity at the Games with the Inclusive Art Exhibition at Emirates Palace

March 07, 2019
March 07, 2019

CREATING A MOVEMENT: Unified Art at Special Olympics World Games

Creativity joins sporting endeavor as a force for unity at the Games with the Inclusive Art Exhibition at Emirates Palace

A great deal of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 action will take place on the field of sports. But away from the swimming pools, paddocks and pitches creativity and artistic events are also being held to inspire a greater level of unity surrounding the Games and inclusion in society.

In the run-up to the Games, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has been putting on a series of Unified Photography and Unified Art workshops during which people of determination and members of the wider community work together to create unique artworks and build lasting friendships.

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This spirit of creativity is being carried on through the tournament with a first for a World Games – the Cultural Olympiad. The Cultural Olympiad is a significant addition to the World Games and features a series of non-sporting events aimed at creating long-term positive change for people of determination. As well as the Special Olympics Festival being held during the games at ADNEC, Zayed Sports City and Hamdan Sports Complex with activations, games, arts and crafts activities and much more, culture vultures should swoop by Emirates Palace and check out The Inclusive Art Exhibition.

Being held between March 14-23, the exhibition will feature photography by American photographer Geoffrey Mikol, a gallery owner with Down syndrome who presents a unique look at Midwestern U.S. life and architecture, as captured through his lens. There will also be paintings on show from the two Italian artists; the abstract expressionism of Diego Salezze and bold and vibrant color palette of Lisa Perini and much more.

Special Olympics is, at its heart, a community movement so the gallery will also include 12 sculptures created by students who participated in the Art Unified competition. Over the last few months, no fewer than 80 schools across the UAE have been invited to submit creative work that presents the values of Special Olympics: Inclusion, acceptance, dignity, perseverance, and determination. Head to Emirates Palace to see 20 shortlisted works including the three winners from GEMS Metropole School, Wales International School, and Future Rehabilitation Centre.

Here is a sneak peek at the winners, but to see the whole exhibition and enjoy live drawing with the two Emirati artists, Humaid Al Nuaimi and Huda Karam, make sure you visit Emirates Palace during the Games.