Everything’s Ducky

May 14, 2020 By megan-harrigan
Raina Carter hard at work in her and sister Aria Carter’s home studio

Arts of Life is proud to announce we have been selected to participate in a 2020 public art installation presented by Special Olympics of Illinois and The Magnificent Mile Association. Even better, we have been recognized by the Special Olympics of Illinois Board of Directors as their sponsorship recipient for the project! 

Vincent Uribe, Art Director at Arts of Life, stressed the importance of this designation, “Having the support of the Special Olympics Board of Directors is a huge honor and we see it as an open door for future collaboration and partnership. With many of our artists being active participants in Special Olympics of Illinois we can’t wait to see all the ducks complete.”

North Shore studio artists and twin sisters, Aria and Raina Carter, are hard at work painting a 3′ by 4 ‘ plaster duck to represent our agency’s mission of visibility and equity for people with disabilities. To elevate this message, the following poem penned by North Shore studio artist Cole Fox will be featured on the work:

Personhood
Masked
See me as I am
A human is not
A disability
Disability is a mask
Make Yourself
Hear
Disability is worming its
Way into your ears

A multitude of ducks made by various artists will eventually be on public display on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile! (Dates and location TBA due to Covid-19.) In the meantime, check out photos of Raina at work and stay tuned for updates as our duck evolves with contributions from Aria and Cole!

Sidenote: Is anyone else loving Raina’s work-in-progress as seen in the background?